Indians move into first-place tie

Rookie Sabathia shuts down Twins to shake up AL Central

Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia and Cleveland beat Minnesota 7-2 Tuesday to forge a tie for first place in the AL Central.

Sabathia (11-4) gave up two runs on four hits and tied a season high by throwing 7 1-3 innings. He retired 11 straight from the fourth through the seventh before Brian Buchanan started the Minnesota eighth with a home run.

Devil Rays 3, Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tanyon Sturtze pitched eight innings, and Jason Tyner knocked in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single as the Tampa Bay beat the AL East-leading New York.

Sturtze (7-9) gave up two runs and seven hits in winning his second straight start for the first time this season. Esteban Yan got the final three outs for his 15th save in 21 opportunities

Orioles 7, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Calvin Maduro pitched five perfect innings in Baltimore's victory over Kansas City.

Maduro (1-3) retired the first 15 Kansas City batters before the Royals scratched out a run on two hits in the sixth. He left after six innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

Tigers 7, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Detroit's four-run eighth inning as the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Texas.

With the game tied at 3, Rob Fick led off the eighth with a double off Mike Venafro (4-3), who failed to retire any of the four batters he faced.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Mulder pitched 7 1-3 strong innings to win his sixth straight decision, and slumping Frank Menechino drove in two runs as Oakland earned its sixth straight victory.

Mulder (14-6) yielded four hits and two runs in a shaky third inning, but he otherwise stifled Boston's powerful lineup. He gave up six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Angels 9, White Sox 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pat Rapp took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Troy Glaus hit his 30th homer as Anaheim beat Chicago.

Scott Spiezio went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, and Garret Anderson added a pair of two-out RBI singles, helping Rapp (5-10) win consecutive starts for the first time since joining the Angels in the offseason.

Mariners 5, Blue Jays 4

SEATTLE -- Matt DeWitt walked Mike Cameron with two outs in the 14th inning to force in the winning run and give the Seattle a victory over Toronto.

The Mariners blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth before tying the game in the ninth on Carlos Guillen's RBI single.

John Halama (8-6) pitched six scoreless innings of relief to keep Seattle in the game until the winning rally in the 14th. The Mariners (82-31) improved to a franchise-record 51 games over .500.

With one out, Stan Javier hit a hard grounder off DeWitt's glove for an infield single. Javier stole second base and went to third when catcher Alberto Castillo's throw sailed into center field for an error.

DeWitt (0-1) struck out Ed Sprague before intentionally walking John Olerud. After Olerud went to second on defensive indifference, DeWitt walked Bret Boone intentionally to load the bases.

Cameron worked the count to 3-2 before drawing the game-winning walk to end the 4 hour, 37-minute marathon, Seattle's longest game this season.

Cameron also started the tying rally in the ninth with an infield single. He went to second on a passed ball by catcher Darrin Fletcher and scored on Guillen's single off closer Billy Koch.

The Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead on Carlos Delgado's two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes with two outs in the eighth. It was the second blown lead by the Mariners' bullpen in three days. Seattle blew a 12-run lead and lost 15-14 in 11 innings to Cleveland on Sunday night.

The Blue Jays rallied after rookie Joel Pineiro of Seattle left with a 3-1 lead.

Toronto got its first run in the eighth on consecutive doubles by Alex Gonzalez and Shannon Stewart off Jeff Nelson. Delgado then hit his 31st homer, a 448-foot shot off the top facade in right field.

Delgado, who was hitting .211 against Seattle this season coming into the game, was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Pineiro struck out 11 and gave up three hits in his fifth career start. The right-hander has an 0.86 ERA in seven appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 5. Righties are hitless in 46 at-bats this season against Pineiro.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the fifth on a two-run homer by Edgar Martinez, his 15th.

The Blue Jays scored their first run in the sixth on Delgado's RBI double.

Notes: Delgado hit his second homer against Seattle this season and 23rd of his career against the Mariners, the most he's hit against one team. ... Pineiro's 11 strikeouts were a high for a Mariners' pitcher this season. ... Martinez hit his first home run since July 13. He is 5-for-11 in his career against Halladay. ... Delgado's two hits moved him into seventh place on Toronto's career hit list past Jesse Barfield with 920.

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