New York wins seventh straight

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2003

NEW YORK Roger Clemens got his 305th win, and Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera homered as New York stretched its winning streak to seven by holding off Kansas City 8-7 Wednesday.

New York completed a three-game sweep and improved to 10-0 at home against the AL Central. Kansas City has lost six of eight.

Clemens (12-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, tying Eddie Plank for 18th on the career victory list. New York quickly overcame a 2-0 deficit against Jimmy Gobble (2-2), making his fourth major league start.

Blue Jays 5, Mariners 2

TORONTO Josh Towers pitched his first complete game in over two years, and Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer to give him 100 RBIs for the second straight season as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Towers (3-1) won his second straight start, allowing two runs one earned on six hits. He struck out three and walked none.

Rangers 6, Tigers 0

DETROIT R.A. Dickey threw a six-hitter for his first major league shutout, and Alex Rodriguez homered for the third straight game as the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers for their eighth straight win.

Dickey (8-5) also struck out a career-high seven in his first complete game in the big leagues.

Rodriguez has 12 homers in his last 20 games.

Orioles 9, Devil Rays 5

BALTIMORE Damian Moss earned his first AL win and Jay Gibbons homered and drove in four runs as the Baltimore Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak by defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Larry Bigbie also homered for Baltimore, and Jeff Conine returned from a 10-game absence and went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored. The Orioles were 1-9 without their cleanup hitter, who was sidelined with bursitis in his right arm.

Athletics 8, Red Sox 6

BOSTON Catcher Doug Mirabelli's error in the eighth inning allowed Erubiel Durazo to score the go-ahead run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox.

The A's, who scored three runs in the seventh in Tuesday's 3-2 win, trailed 6-2 after four innings. They scored four runs off Byung-Hyun Kim (5-4) in the eighth to go ahead 8-6.

White Sox 5, Angels 3

CHICAGO Esteban Loaiza won his 16th game and the Chicago White Sox moved into a tie for AL Central lead by beating the Anaheim Angels.

Jose Valentin, Magglio Ordonez and Carl Everett homered as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep and tied Kansas City. Minnesota, which beat Cleveland 4-3, trails by one-half game.

Twins 4, Indians 3

CLEVELAND Torii Hunter scored on a sacrifice fly that barely reached the outfield grass in the seventh inning Wednesday night as the Minnesota Twins edged closer in the AL Central with a win over the Cleveland Indians.

Hunter's daring dash helped the Twins move within one-half game of first-place Kansas City.

In the seventh, Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski singled off Brian Anderson (9-10) and Dustan Mohr sacrificed. With the infield in, Cristian Guzman hit a popup to the shortstop side of second that was caught by second baseman John McDonald. Hunter immediately broke for the plate and scored.

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