Athletics edge Red Sox

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

BOSTON -- Terrence Long reached over the right-center field wall into the Boston bullpen to rob Manny Ramirez of a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to preserve the Oakland Athletics' 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Long's catch helped A's reliever Billy Koch escape a jam for the second straight inning. Koch walked Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon with one out in the ninth before striking out Nomar Garciaparra. Ramirez, who hit his 19th homer of the year in the fourth, then sent a drive to center.

Yankees 6, Royals 2

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens came off the disabled list to throw seven sharp innings, getting home run support from Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter as New York beat Kansas City.

Driving off the mound with strength and purpose, the Rocket (9-3) showed no ill effects of the injured right groin that had kept him out since July 13. He struck out eight in his 289th victory, passing Tommy John for sole possession of 21st place on the career list.

Mariners 5, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Chris Woodward hit three home runs for Toronto, but Dan Wilson homered in the 10th inning off Luke Prokopec (2-9) to lift Seattle to the win.

In a game featuring seven homers, Woodward had the biggest night of all. Woodward, who started the day with eight home runs in 148 at-bats this season, had the first multihomer game of his career.

Indians 6, Devil Rays 2

CLEVELAND -- C.C. Sabathia got his elusive seventh win and Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.

Sabathia (7-9) won for the first time since June 28 -- a span of seven starts -- by limiting the Devil Rays to two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Orioles 6, Twins 4

BALTIMORE -- Gary Matthews Jr. had three hits and two RBIs, and Scott Erickson (5-10) overcame his own shaky fielding to earn his second win since April 28 as Baltimore defeated Minnesota.

Melvin Mora had two hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who built an early 5-0 lead against Rick Reed (9-6) and held on.

Rangers 7, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Kevin Mench hit a tiebreaking RBI single and Alex Rodriguez added a two-run double in Texas' five-run 11th inning.

Carl Everett also had an RBI single and Rafael Palmeiro hit a sacrifice fly.

White Sox 7, Angels 6

CHICAGO -- Royce Clayton hit a game-winning RBI single with one out in the ninth inning to lead Chicago past Anaheim.

Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Magglio Ordonez added a two-run shot in the seventh as the White Sox rallied from a 6-2 deficit.

The White Sox then loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Clayton laced a single to right over a drawn-in infield off Brendan Donnelly (0-1) to win it.

Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 with a solo homer for the White Sox. Antonio Osuna (6-2) got one out for the win.

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