OAKLAND, Calif. The Kansas City Royals ended baseball’s longest losing streak in 17 years Saturday night, defeating the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to snap a club-record 19-game skid.
Emil Brown doubled in a run, Matt Stairs added an RBI groundout and Mike Wood (4-4) pitched five effective innings, helping the Royals stop their slide two shy of the American League record. They also ended a 12-game road losing streak that tied the franchise single-season mark.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. Rookie Ervin Santana took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and Los Angeles beat Boston in a matchup of AL division leaders.
The loss was the sixth in 22 games for the Red Sox, who lead the New York Yankees by three games in the AL East. Boston will move Curt Schilling back into the rotation Thursday night in Kansas City, ending his inconsistent stint as the team’s closer.
Yankees 5, White Sox 0
CHICAGO Shawn Chacon throttled Chicago’s punchless offense and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double as New York sent the White Sox to their seventh straight loss.
Chacon (2-1) allowed four hits in eight sharp innings for his second straight win, and the Yankees again beat former teammate Orlando Hernandez, who had a frustrating day.
Mariners 8, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS Richie Sexson hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and Seattle snapped Minnesota’s six-game winning streak.
Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez allowed five hits and struck out nine in eight innings. Sexson added a solo homer in the seventh and had five RBIs.
Indians 6, Orioles 1
CLEVELAND Cliff Lee remained unbeaten since July 8, pitching seven superb innings as Cleveland stayed with the rest of the AL wild-card pack by beating the Baltimore.
Lee (13-4) allowed one run and four hits, but only two after the first inning. The left-hander hasn’t lost in his last seven starts, going 4-0.
Devil Rays 4, Rangers 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jorge Cantu homered and tied a career high with four RBIs, Scott Kazmir (7-8) allowed one run and struck out 10 in six innings, and Tampa Bay beat Texas.
Cantu hit a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in two more runs with a single one inning later. He has a team-best 19 homers and 81 RBIs.
Chad Orvella, Joe Borowski and Danys Baez, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, completed Tampa Bay’s fourth straight win. The Devil Rays have won seven of eight and are 22-12 since the All-Star break.
Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2
DETROIT Magglio Ordonez doubled in the winning run with one out in the 13th inning, leading Detroit past Toronto for its third straight victory.
Placido Polanco singled off Miguel Batista (5-4) to open the inning, then moved to second when Chris Shelton walked. Ordonez’s hit sailed over left fielder Reed Johnson to the wall.
Franklyn German (4-0) worked the last 1 1-3 innings for the Tigers, who have won six of seven.
Tigers starter Jason Johnson gave up two runs one earned and four hits in eight innings. It was the eighth time in 25 starts Johnson has worked at least eight innings.
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