Koskie keeps Twins at the top

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2004

CLEVELAND Corey Koskie hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins overcame a two-run deficit to beat Cleveland 4-2 on Sunday and prevent the Indians from pulling within a percentage point of the AL Central lead.

After Lew Ford was hit by a pitch, Koskie hit a 1-2 pitch from Rick White (4-5) to right-center for his 17th homer.

Joe Nathan pitched the 10th for his 34th save in 35 chances. He has not allowed a run in 27 appearances.

Minnesota, which had lost eight of 10, boosted its lead to two games over the second-place Indians, who had won 10 of 11.

White Sox 5, Red Sox 4

BOSTON Mark Buehrle overcame a wild start, Carlos Lee had a home run and three RBIs and the Chicago White Sox got out of a ninth-inning jam to beat the Boston Red Sox.


Pittsburgh Pirates' Jason Kendall (18) finds himself sandwiched between Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Joe Kennedy, right, and catcher J.D. Closser (30) after being hit by a fourth inning pitch and charging the mound Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004 in Pittsburgh. Kennedy and Kendall were ejected from the game.

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Boston loaded the bases in the ninth for the second straight inning, and Jason Varitek hit a two-run single off Shingo Takatsu that left runners at first and third with two outs. Orlando Cabrera, who had three hits, then hit a game-ending comebacker to Takatsu, who got his 12th save in 13 chances.

Orioles 11, Blue Jays 7

TORONTO David Newhan tied a career high with four hits, including a go-ahead double in Baltimore's eight-run eighth inning, and the Orioles rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays.

Newhan went 4-for-5 and Melvin Mora drove in three runs for the Orioles, who won their fourth straight series by taking three of four from Toronto.

Rangers 6, Devil Rays 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Laynce Nix homered and drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the Rangers swept the three-game series.

Mark Teixeira also hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, and Ryan Drese pitched 7 1-3 solid innings to win his third straight start and tie a career high with his 10th victory. g.

Mariners 7, Yankees 3

SEATTLE Edgar Martinez hit a go-ahead single and Miguel Olivo had two hits and two RBIs in a six-run seventh inning as the Mariners rallied to beat New York and stop the Yankees' four-game winning steak.

Royals 6, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Joe Randa hit a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to spoil a strong start by Barry Zito.

Kansas City surprised the AL West leaders by taking two of three.

Angels 3, Tigers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Darin Erstad doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, pulling the Angels within a percentage point of Boston and Texas in the AL wild-card race.

National League

Giants 3, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA Brett Tomko allowed one run in six innings for his first win in nearly a month, and the San Francisco Giants moved close to NL wild-card lead Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that completed a three-game sweep.

Dodgers 8, Cubs 5

CHICAGO Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green homered, and Steve Finley hit a go-ahead RBI single as the Dodgers overcame a 5-3 deficit in the eighth. Milton Bradley drove in two runs in the eighth for Los Angeles, which leads the NL West by 6 1/2 games.

Pirates 3, Rockies 0

PITTSBURGH Craig Wilson had three hits and two RBIs, and Josh Fogg (7-8) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the first time in eight starts since July 2.

The game was interrupted by a fourth-inning fight that led to the ejections of Colorado starting pitcher Joe Kennedy (5-5) and Pirates catcher Jason Kendall, who was hit with a pitch.

Padres 7, Reds 2

CINCINNATI Adam Eaton (8-10) allowed two runs in the first inning but kept Cincinnati scoreless over the next five, and also drove in two runs.

Astros 5, Expos 4

MONTREAL Pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro singled home the go-ahead run off Luis Ayala (4-8) to cap a rally from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth, stopping Montreal's winning streak at a season-high seven. Houston had been 0-51 when trailing after eight innings.

Marlins 5, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE Luis Castillo tied the score with a ninth-inning single, and pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a two-run double in the 10th off Ben Hendrickson (0-5).

Diamondbacks 2, Mets 0

NEW YORK Randy Johnson (12-10) tied his season high with 14 strikeouts, allowing five hits in 8 1-3 innings, and Arizona stopped a nine-game losing streak

.Cardinals 10, Braves 4

ATLANTA Scott Rolen homered twice to become the first NL player to reach 100 RBIs this season and Danny Haren won for the first time in more than a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Atlanta Braves 10-4 Sunday night.

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