A's outlast Twins

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS Jermaine Dye hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 18th inning, and the Athletics held on for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 57 minutes.

It was the second-longest game in the 23-year history of the Metrodome. Cleveland and Minnesota played 22 innings on Aug. 31, 1993. This one matched the longest game in the major leagues this season. Texas beat Seattle 9-7 in 18 innings on June 24.

The A's broke through against Terry Mulholland (3-5) in the 18th. Marco Scutaro hit a one-out single and went to third on Eric Chavez's single. Dye then looped a single to center to put Oakland ahead. One out later, Erubiel Durazo and Damian Miller each hit RBI singles.

Octavio Dotel gave up a two-run homer to Justin Morneau in the bottom of the inning before finishing for his ninth save in 13 chances with Oakland.

Chris Hammond (3-1) pitched three shutout innings for the win.

Red Sox 11, Tigers 9

DETROIT Tim Wakefield gave up six homers, matching a modern major league record last set 64 years ago, but wound up with a win because the Boston Red Sox outslugged the Detroit Tigers 11-9 Sunday.

David Ortiz's three-run shot capped a six-run fourth inning, and Kevin Youkilis homered twice to help the Red Sox overcome seven Detroit home runs.

Ivan Rodriguez and Eric Munson each connected twice for the Tigers on an unusual day at spacious Comerica Park. The teams combined for 10 homers, the most in the stadium's five-year history. Detroit's seven homers were the most ever hit by one team at Comerica.

Wakefield (8-6) allowed two homers to Rodriguez and one each to Munson, Craig Monroe, Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young. Yet the knuckleballer left after five innings with a 10-7 lead.

He's the sixth pitcher since 1900 to yield six homers in a game, but first since George Caster of the Philadelphia Athletics against the Red Sox on Sept. 24, 1940. In 1886, Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons in the National League gave up seven homers in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 23 chances.

Nate Robertson (9-7) gave up eight runs seven earned in three-plus innings.

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2

NEW YORK Bernie Williams hit the 10th grand slam of his career, leading the Yankees to their fifth straight victory.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for Toronto, which fired manager Carlos Tosca after the game and replaced him on an interim basis with first-base coach John Gibbons.

Jon Lieber (8-7) extended the Yankees' streak of eight-inning efforts by starting pitchers to four, limiting the Blue Jays to four hits.

Orioles 11, Rangers 5

BALTIMORE Melvin Mora went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to back a strong pitching performance by a rejuvenated Sidney Ponson, and the Orioles beat the Rangers for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Devil Rays 5, Mariners 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rookie B.J. Upton hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for his first major league RBI, and Rob Bell allowed one unearned run in seven innings for Tampa Bay.

Upton, the Devil Rays' top pick in the 2002 draft, went 2-for-4 after sitting the previous two games. With the game tied at 1 in the sixth, Upton and Rey Sanchez hit consecutive run-scoring singles off Jamie Moyer to give the Devil Rays a 3-1 lead.

White Sox 3, Indians 2

CHICAGO Timo Perez scored all the way from first on Ben Davis' long single in the ninth to give the White the win, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Davis lined a two-out hit to right-center off Cleveland reliever Rafael Betancourt (5-6) after Perez had singled.

Angels 6, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jose Guillen tied the game with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and David Eckstein's suicide squeeze drove in the go-ahead run.

Darin Erstad walked and moved to second on Robb Quinlan's groundout. After Adam Kennedy was intentionally walked, Dennys Reyes came in and pinch-hitter Tim Salmon hit a fly ball to right field that was misplayed by Abraham Nunez for an error that loaded the bases.

Eckstein followed with a bunt single, and Reyes threw the ball away for an error that allowed another run to score.

Brendan Donnelly (4-2) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings for the win. Francisco Rodriguez got his eighth save.

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