MINNEAPOLIS Travis Hafner hit for the cycle and Brian Anderson came within two outs of a shutout Thursday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3.
Hafner homered in the first inning, doubled in the fourth and reached on an infield single in the seventh against Twins starter Brad Radke (8-10). Hafner then tripled to right-center field in the eighth off James Baldwin.
It was the rookie's first triple of the season, and came in his 184th at-bat of the year.
It's the first time in 59 games the A's have failed to win when taking a lead into the ninth.
Ramirez tied the game with his 28th homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch from A's closer Keith Foulke, who blew his fifth save in 34 chances. It was Ramirez's first career hit against Foulke in nine at-bats.
Matsui's heroics made a winner of Andy Pettitte (14-7), who allowed five runs and 11 hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander improved to 17-4 lifetime against Baltimore, including 11-2 at Camden Yards. Mariano Rivera got four outs for his 24th save in 29 chances.
Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and Bernie Williams went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks to help New York maintain its three-game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Tony Batista hit a three-run homer and Brian Roberts had a solo shot for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.
Thomson (10-10) started Monday against Detroit, but he threw only 20 pitches before a rain delay of almost two hours. He was pulled when his arm stiffened during the delay, and manager Buck Showalter decided to bring him back three days later.
The short layoff didn't seem to hurt. He allowed three runs and nine hits to win for the sixth time in seven decisions. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.
Escobar (9-6) threw into the eighth, holding the Mariners to eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. He improved to 4-0 since the All-Star break and 6-1 on the road with a 2.03 ERA. He has a 1.21 ERA in three August victories.
Shields (3-3) worked a career-high 7 2-3 innings, allowing a run and four hits. It was the right-hander's second win in six career starts, and his first in three outings since he was put back into the rotation after Kevin Appier was released July 30. Scott Spiezio drove in two runs for the Angels, who took three of four from Chicago. The loss dropped the White Sox two games behind Kansas City in the AL Central race.
The White Sox threatened in the ninth as Magglio Ordonez hit a two-out double and Carl Everett drew a walk off Brendan Donnelly. But Troy Percival got the final out for his 25th save, retiring Brian Daubach on a flyout to the warning track in center field.
Jon Garland (8-9) gave up four runs three earned and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings as he lost consecutive starts for the first time since May.
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