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Yanks come back to defeat Rangers

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

NEW YORK Utilityman Enrique Wilson brought New York from behind with his third career grand slam and Jorge Posada delivered a bases-loaded single breaking a seventh-inning tie as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Thursday.

Wilson, starting in place of injured Alfonso Soriano, connected in the second inning against Joaquin Benoit, wiping out an early 3-0 Texas lead against Mike Mussina (12-6).

Tigers 3, Athletics 2

DETROIT Eric Munson hit a three-run homer, and Detroit kept Barry Zito winless in more than a month with a victory over Oakland.

Zito (8-10) has gone seven starts without a win and his victory on July 3 against Seattle is his only win in 12 starts.

Orioles 5, Twins 3

BALTIMORE Jack Cust hit his first AL homer, a three-run shot off Rick Reed that carried Baltimore past Minnesota.

Rodrigo Lopez (5-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Red Sox 9, Angels 3

BOSTON David Ortiz homered twice, the first to spark a six-run second inning as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Anaheim.

The Red Sox won their fourth in a row and sent Anaheim to its fifth straight loss.

Indians 3, Mariners 0

CLEVELAND Billy Traber pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, and fellow rookies Jody Gerut and Travis Hafner hit solo homers as Cleveland defeated Seattle.

The Indians took two of three from the Mariners, who remained three games ahead of Oakland atop the AL West.

Devil Rays 3, Royals 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Pinch-hitter Al Martin hit a two-run triple and Julio Lugo followed with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning as Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.

The Royals have a half-game lead over the idle Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

Kansas City, which is 9-12 since the All-Star break, was coming off consecutive losses at Chicago.

Closer Mike MacDougal (3-5) allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Toby Hall. Travis Lee reached when second baseman Carlos Febles misplayed his grounder for an error.

After a sacrifice by Damian Rolls, Martin lined a triple that went all the way to the wall in right-center field.

Lugo then hit the next pitch to right to drive in Martin.

Chad Gaudin (1-0) went two scoreless innings for his first major league win.



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