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Garcia comes alive as Mariners salvage split with Sox

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003

SEATTLE Streaky Freddy Garcia won his second straight start after dropping six consecutive decisions as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sunday.

Trot Nixon hit his 23rd homer of the season, a 412-foot shot to center, in the third inning before Garcia (11-12) settled down and retired 17 in a row before walking Nixon with two outs in the eighth.

Yankees 8, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE Mike Mussina pitched a three-hitter to win his fourth straight decision, and New York completed a four-game sweep of Baltimore.

Karim Garcia homered and drove in three runs, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the Yankees, who have won 14 of their last 16 games against Baltimore.

Royals 5, Twins 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Raul Ibanez and Joe Randa hit consecutive home runs in a four-run third inning as Kansas City beat Minnesota to avoid a three-game sweep.

Darrell May (6-6) went 6 1-3 innings for his first win in six starts. The loser was Rick Reed (5-12), who was charged with five runs on nine hits in three innings.

Curtis Leskanic worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 23, 2001, when he was with Milwaukee.

Indians 5, Devil Rays 4

CLEVELAND Ryan Ludwick singled home the tying run in the 10th inning, then won it in the 12th with a nearly identical hit that gave Cleveland a victory over Tampa Bay. Terry Mulholland (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings as Cleveland won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Ludwick, who had three hits and three RBIs, singled to left with one out in the 12th off Jesus Colome (3-6) to score Ben Broussard from second base. Broussard drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Casey Blake.

Angels 11, Tigers 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson became the Angels' career hits leader and threw out the potential tying run at the plate as Anaheim beat Detroit for its fifth straight victory.

Athletics 7, Blue Jays 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Terrence Long drove in three runs, and the Oakland Athletics roughed up Roy Halladay in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Barry Zito pitched seven solid innings, winning his second start in a row.

Rangers 6, White Sox 4

ARLINGTON, Texas Alex Rodriguez hit his 33rd homer and a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

With the game tied at 4, Rodriguez hit a sinking liner to center field off Damaso Marte (4-2) that got past a diving Carl Everett and rolled to the warning track as two runners scored.

Jay Powell (3-0) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of relief.

Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 11th save in 18 chances.



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