Yankees, Royals set doubles mark

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike DiFelice hit three doubles as Kansas City and the New York Yankees combined to set an American League record with 19 two-base hits in the Royals' 12-9 victory Monday night.

The teams broke the AL mark of 18 doubles by Cleveland and Minnesota on July 13, 1996. The major league record is 23 by St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs on July 12, 1931.

Devil Rays 4, Orioles 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Pinch-hitter Jared Sandberg doubled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Baltimore Orioles.

Julio Lugo singled with one out off Hector Carrasco (1-3) and B.J. Ryan relieved. After Carl Crawford popped out, Sandberg doubled into the left-center gap for the victory.

Twins 5, Indians 3

MINNEAPOLIS Luis Rivas hit a two-run homer and Kyle Lohse pitched smoothly into the ninth inning to lead Minnesota to its fourth straight victory.

Lohse (9-9) won his third consecutive start for the Twins, who improved to just 3-5 against the Indians this year. They're 17-8 since the All-Star break the second-best record in the majors in that time.

Angels 10, White Sox 8

ANAHEIM, Calif. Bengie Molina tied a career high with four RBIs and the Anaheim Angels survived a ninth-inning meltdown by closer Troy Percival to hold off the Chicago White Sox.

Down 10-4, the White Sox got five straight hits off Percival to start the ninth. Frank Thomas hit his 28th homer and Jamie Burke's RBI single with one out pulled Chicago within two runs.

Rangers 9, Tigers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas Todd Greene's two-run homer keyed a five-run fifth inning, and Joaquin Benoit pitched five relief innings after a rain delay to lead the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers.

Benoit (7-5) allowed three runs and six hits in just his third relief appearance of the season. Texas starter John Thomson had to leave the game in the second inning when a downpour stopped play for nearly two hours.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 0

OAKLAND, Calif. Tim Hudson pitched a two-hitter, handing Pedro Martinez his first loss in three months as the Oakland Athletics pulled even with Boston atop the AL wild card race.

Hudson (11-4) struck out seven and walked just one in a masterful display of control and ground-ball pitching. He retired 15 of 16 in the middle innings, and he finished his sixth career shutout by retiring the final seven hitters.

Martinez (8-3) struck out seven but pitched just five innings on an apparently strict pitch count. He hadn't lost since May 9 a span of 13 starts.

Blue Jays 5, Mariners 3

SEATTLE Vernon Wells hit a solo home run and Mark Hendrickson held Seattle to two runs over 6 2-3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Mariners.

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run single with the bases loaded as Toronto scored four runs in the third inning to build a 5-1 lead.

Delgado has 112 RBIs, tying him with Colorado's Preston Wilson for the most in baseball.

Hendrickson (7-8) held Seattle to two runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking one.

After Rey Sanchez drove a liner into Hendrickson's left arm, Dan Reichert relieved and pitched 1 1-3 innings. Reichert was replaced by Jason Kershner after Randy Winn's infield single to start the ninth, and when Ray Sanchez's one-out sacrifice fly made it 5-3, Aquilino Lopez came on and struck out Bret Boone with runners at the corners for his fourth save in six chances.

Seattle's Joel Pineiro (13-7) lost his second straight start after going 8-0 in his previous nine.

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