Blue Jays snap skid by topping Yankees

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004

NEW YORK Gabe Gross hit his first major league home run, Josh Towers took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won in John Gibbons' first game as manager, beating the New York Yankees 5-4 Monday to stop a five-game losing streak.

A day after Toronto fired manager Carlos Tosca and replaced him with Gibbons for the rest of the season, the last-place Blue Jays built a 5-0 lead in winning the finale of the four-game series. They kept Esteban Loaiza (9-6) winless in two starts since the Yankees acquired him from the Chicago White Sox on July 31 for Jose Contreras.

Athletics 8, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS Mark Kotsay and Scott Hatteberg each drove in two runs, and Rich Harden gave Oakland's bullpen a rest in a victory over Minnesota.

A day after each team used seven pitchers in Oakland's 18-inning victory, starters Harden and Kyle Lohse each pitched into the seventh. The A's took three of four from Minnesota in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Orioles 7, Rangers 3

BALTIMORE Melvin Mora homered twice and drove in three runs, and Baltimore extended its winning streak to seven by completing a four-game sweep of Texas.

Larry Bigbie also connected for the Orioles, who finished their first 7-0 homestand since September 1969. Baltimore moved within four games of .500 (53-57) for the first time since June 13.

Devil Rays 8, Red Sox 3

BOSTON Aubrey Huff hit one of Tampa Bay's four homers and the Devil Rays handed Curt Schilling his first home loss this season, snapping a nine-game road losing streak with a victory over Boston.

Schilling was 7-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 previous starts for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Indians 13, White Sox 11

CHICAGO Ben Broussard hit his second career grand slam and Omar Vizquel, Travis Hafner and Casey Blake added solo home runs to send Cleveland over Chicago.

Jose Valentin homered twice for the White Sox, who trailed 8-0 in the sixth inning. But after Chicago rallied for three runs in the ninth, Valentin popped up with a runner on for the final out.

Angels 5, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Second baseman Ruben Gotay's throwing error allowed the go-ahead runs to score, and Anaheim rallied in the ninth inning again to beat the Royals.

The Angels completed their first four-game sweep in Kansas City and extended their winning streak to five.

National League

Rockies 4, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA Vinny Castilla's tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning led the Colorado Rockies past the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies fell six games behind NL East-leading Atlanta in their first home game since starting a 13-game road trip just a half-game back of the Braves.

Before the game, Philadelphia bolstered its ailing rotation, acquiring right-hander Cory Lidle from Cincinnati for two minor leaguers and a player to be named.

But the Phillies also learned slugger Pat Burrell will have season-ending wrist surgery on Friday.

Luis Gonzalez led off the eighth with a tying homer against Todd Jones (8-3), pitching for the first time in Philadelphia since coming to the Phillies in a trade on July 30.

Tim Harikkala (5-2) got two outs for the win and Shawn Chacon worked the ninth for his 27th save in 35 chances.

Preston Wilson homered and doubled for the Rockies. His double in the fifth was the Rockies' first hit off Eric Milton.

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