Angels keep pace in torrid race in AL West

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

NEW YORK -- Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Anaheim Angels matched last year's victory total by beating the New York Yankees 5-1 Wednesday.

David Eckstein had four hits for the Angels (75-50), who began the day two percentage points ahead of Oakland and Seattle in the AL West. Anaheim has won eight of 10 and has the best record after 125 games in franchise history -- one game ahead of the 1989 team.

Jeff Weaver (7-11) allowed a leadoff hit in the 11th before Spiezio hit an 0-2 pitch over the right-field wall for his eighth homer of the season.

Royals 7, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer as Kansas City completed their first winning road trip of the season, 7-4 over Toronto.

Beltran's 20th homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning off Roy Halladay (14-6). Kansas City, 20-46 on the road this season, went 4-2 on the trip to Tampa Bay and Toronto, and has won three straight road games for the first time since June 29 to July 1 last year at Cleveland.

Athletics 6, Indians 0

CLEVELAND -- Cory Lidle allowed one hit -- a first-inning single -- and extended his scoreless innings streak to 31 as Oakland won its eighth straight.

Lidle (7-9) gave up only a two-out single in the first to Ellis Burks. After walking Jim Thome, the right-hander retired his last 25 batters.

He matched a career high with eight strikeouts and got his second career one-hitter and shutout. He also blanked Texas on July 19.

Orioles 2, Devil Rays 1

BALTIMORE -- Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of five-hit ball, and Baltimore's Jerry Hairston drew a bases-loaded walk to snap a tie in the seventh.

Jay Gibbons hit his 22nd homer for the Orioles, who managed only five hits against Victor Zambrano (5-5) and Esteban Yan.

The Devil Rays are winless in a club-record 15 straight series. Tampa Bay has lost two of three in the four-game set.

Lopez (14-5) struck out five and walked one. The rookie was aided by three double plays in improving to 8-2 in his last 10 starts.

Mariners 8, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Ismael Valdes was impressive in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners broke open a close game with five runs in the ninth inning to beat Detroit.

Seattle remained in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the AL West, two percentage points behind Anaheim.

Red Sox 5, Rangers 3

BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra had four hits, including a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, to lift Boston over Texas.

The Red Sox, who have won only twice in their last six games, remained 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card chase.

Kevin Mench opened the game with a homer for Texas, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Bob Howry (3-3) pitched two hitless innings of relief for his first win in a Red Sox uniform. Ugueth Urbina worked a perfect ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances after blowing a one-run lead Tuesday night.

Danny Kolb (3-2) took the loss.

White Sox 10, Twins 1

CHICAGO -- Jose Valentin homered in his first two at-bats and drove in five runs as Chicago roughed up Joe Mays to snap a six-game losing streak.

Mark Buehrle (16-9) scattered seven hits over seven innings to improve to 4-0 against the Twins this year, and rookie Willie Harris went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Magglio Ordonez went 3-for-5, including a solo shot in the eighth.

Mays (2-5) had never lost to the White Sox in 11 career outings, but he lasted only two innings after getting hit on the right thumb by a batted ball. Of the five earned runs he allowed, four came after he got hit.

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