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Indians hasten Twins' free fall

Minnesota drops from first in AL Central, has lost 17 of 23

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS -- Juan Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking, two-run double as the Cleveland Indians broke loose in the 10th inning to beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday night for a one-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central.

Marty Cordova had three hits and two RBIs in the last three innings for Cleveland against his former team.

The Twins have lost 17 of 23 games, and fell to 2-7 against the Indians. Earlier in the day, Minnesota put ace Brad Radke on the 15-day disabled list.

Danny Baez (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for the win. Indians starter Bartolo Colon, who threw a complete-game four-hitter last week upon his return to the rotation after a six-game suspension for throwing at Houston's Scott Servais, struck out a season-high 10 and gave up a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.

Bob Wells (8-4) was the loser.

Yankees 16, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Justice homered for the third straight game and New York stopped a three-game losing streak, routing the Tampa Bay.

The AL East leaders won a day after Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who lives in Tampa, saw his team lose 3-2.

Orioles 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cal Ripken's solo shot gave him a homer in every road park since the All-Star break as Baltimore beat Kansas City.

Ripken homered on a 1-1 pitch off Chad Durbin (7-10) in the second and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The retiring star has homered in every ''farewell city'' since the break -- Atlanta, Florida, Texas, Anaheim and Kansas City. He also has a 16-game hitting streak, one short of his career best.

Tigers 19, Rangers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Detroit Tigers tied a modern major league record by scoring 13 runs in the ninth inning, and Damion Easley got six hits to match the club mark last done by Ty Cobb in a trouncing of Texas.

The Tigers equaled the post-1900 record for the most runs in a ninth inning. The California Angels did it against Texas on Sept. 14, 1978.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson pitched Oakland to its seventh straight victory, with Jason Giambi homering to send the Athletics over Boston.

A sellout crowd of 50,863, including a Coliseum-record 22,800 walk-up ticket sales, watched the A's match their longest winning streak this season. Boston's lead in the wild card race was cut to just a half-game over Oakland.

Hudson (14-6) allowed one run -- Carl Everett's homer leading off the second -- and eight hits in eight innings. He has lost just one of his last seven starts.

Mariners 12, Blue Jays 4

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez drove in his 1,000th run with a homer as Seattle beat Toronto for the fifth straight time. Jamie Moyer (13-5) won his fourth straight start despite giving up home runs to Darrin Fletcher, Jose Cruz Jr. and Raul Mondesi.

Moyer pitched his first complete game since a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Sept. 19, 1999, a stretch of 50 starts. He allowed four runs on eight hits.

Martinez had an RBI single in the second inning and hit his 16th homer of the season in the fourth.

Dan Wilson had four singles in five at-bats, and Ichiro Suzuki was 4-for-6 with a double to pace Seattle's season-high 19-hit attack. Chris Carpenter (7-10) was the loser.

White Sox 15, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Magglio Ordonez hit a pair of two-run homers and Sandy Alomar Jr. homered in his return to the Chicago lineup, powering the White Sox past Anaheim.

Aaron Rowland also homered as the White Sox set season highs for runs and hits (19). Chicago scored in every inning except the second and fourth.

Alomar, who missed four games because of lingering problems in his right knee, hit a three-run homer in the third. But the six-time All-Star catcher then had to leave the game.

Mark Buehrle (10-6) lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.90, allowing a first-inning run and four hits en route to his third straight victory and third complete game in 25 career starts.

The 22-year-old left-hander retired his last 13 batters, the sixth time this season that he has set down 13 or more in a row.

Jarrod Washburn (9-6) took the loss.



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