MINNEAPOLIS -- Kelvim Escobar came within two outs of his second career shutout and Brad Fullmer hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Minnesota Twins their 10th loss in 11 games, 3-2 Monday night.
Escobar (5-5), moved from the bullpen to the rotation last month, allowed only three doubles in the first eight innings. After getting the first out in the ninth, Escobar gave up a double to Jacque Jones, Cristian Guzman's RBI single and a walk to Doug Mientkiewicz.
Billy Koch relieved and allowed Corey Koskie's RBI single before striking out Torii Hunter and getting David Ortiz on a groundout for his 28th save in 33 chances.
Yankees 9, Rangers 5
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez homered in a five-run eighth inning as New York rallied to beat Texas.
The Rangers led 5-4 before O'Neill and Martinez both hit long blasts off Juan Moreno (3-3), snapping the Yankees' modest two-game losing streak and keeping Roger Clemens' impressive streak intact.
Royals 10, White Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Valentin committed errors on two consecutive bases-loaded grounders, opening the way for Kansas City's five-run third inning in a win over Chicago.
Raul Ibanez and Dave McCarty each homered and drove in three runs as Kansas City handed the White Sox their fourth straight loss.
Tigers 4, Mariners 1
SEATTLE -- Knuckleballer Steve Sparks pitched a five-hitter for his fifth complete game as Detroit beat Seattle.
Shane Halter hit a two-run homer off Freddy Garcia (14-5) for the Tigers, who evened their season series with the Mariners at 2-2. Detroit is the only team that's even with the Mariners (89-36) this season.
Sparks (9-7) walked none and struck out seven to beat Seattle for the third start in a row.
Athletics 9, Indians 0
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito pitched a four-hitter for his second shutout in three starts to lead Oakland past Cleveland.
Olmedo Saenz hit a bases-loaded triple off Chuck Finley (5-6) and Jermaine Dye added a two-run homer as Oakland won 16 of 18 to remain four games ahead of Boston in the AL wild card race.
Red Sox 6, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Frank Castillo allowed five hits over seven innings and Shea Hillenbrand homered as Boston beat Anaheim. Castillo (8-7), struck out five and walked none, throwing 86 pitches in his third start since missing 5 1/2 weeks with a strained muscle in his back. The Red Sox built a 6-0 lead through the first five innings against Ismael Valdes (8-7).
, who had not allowed more than three earned runs in eight consecutive outings since June 14.
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