OAKLAND, Calif. Barry Zito finally got a little good fortune, and the Oakland Athletics finally pushed ahead of Boston in the AL wild card race.
Zito pitched into the sixth inning for his first win since July 3, and Eric Chavez and Terrence Long homered during Oakland's five-run first as the A's beat the Red Sox 5-3 Tuesday night.
Zito (9-10) ended his five-game losing streak and six weeks of frustration with a strong beginning and a shaky finish against baseball's most prolific lineup. The Cy Young winner allowed six hits and three runs while laboring through 101 pitches in just 5 1-3 innings.
But Oakland relievers Chad Bradford and Keith Foulke both escaped tough jams as the A's hung on for their 11th win in 13 games at the Coliseum. Foulke, in one of the best performances of his outstanding season, pitched the final two innings for his 29th save in 33 chances.
Yankees 6, Royals 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike Mussina pitched eight shutout innings and Jorge Posada went 4-for-5 as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night.
A day after the Yankees gave up 11 doubles and fell 12-9 to Kansas City for their third straight loss, the AL East leaders won with outstanding pitching.
Indians 9, Twins 6
MINNEAPOLIS Ryan Ludwick hit two home runs and the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat Minnesota, ending the Twins' four-game winning streak.
Ludwick, Angel Santos and Casey Blake all homered during a four-run seventh inning that put the Indians ahead 8-4.
Tigers 7, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas Jeremy Bonderman pitched seven solid innings and Brandon Inge had three RBIs as the Detroit Tigers spoiled the major league debut of Texas starter Juan Dominguez.
Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, helping Detroit win for the sixth time in 20 games.
Devil Rays 4, Orioles 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rob Bell took a one-hitter into the eighth and Damian Rolls hit a two-run double as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli added run-scoring singles for the Devil Rays, who are 15-11 since the All-Star break.
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1
SEATTLE Freddy Garcia snapped a career-worst six-game losing streak, outpitching Roy Halladay and leading the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Garcia (10-12) overcame a shaky start, winning for the first time in eight starts since beating Anaheim 6-4 on June 24. He gave up four hits and five walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out four.
White Sox 10, Angels 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. Dan Wright, winless in 12 starts this season, earned a victory in his second appearance out of the bullpen and Chicago beat Anaheim.
Magglio Ordonez, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Carlos Lee drove in two runs apiece for the White Sox, who moved within a half-game of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
Wright (1-5) got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth and went 4 2-3 innings, allowing a run and two hits.
Ramon Ortiz (13-10) was charged with six runs five earned and eight hits over 3 1-3 innings. He has lost consecutive starts for the first time since May 10.
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