Angels storm past Yankees

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2004

NEW YORK Esteban Loaiza is pitching his way out of the New York Yankees' rotation.

Jose Guillen and Jeff DaVanon homered off the newest target of booing fans at Yankee Stadium, and Loaiza (9-7) failed to make it out of the fourth inning Saturday in the Angels' storm-interrupted 6-1 win over New York.

Anaheim, which has won four straight and 12 of 16, goes for a three-game sweep Sunday. The Angels, just off the pace in the AL West and the wild-card race, held New York to one run in the first two games of the series.

New York, playing its worst ball since early April, has lost five of six and been outscored 33-8 in the defeats. Its AL East lead over second-place Boston is down to 6 1/2 games, the Yankees' smallest margin since July 11.

Red Sox 10, White Sox 7

CHICAGO Manny Ramirez homered and drove in five runs, Jason Varitek hit two solo shots and Boston beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory.

The streaking Red Sox battered Chicago pitching for the second day in a row and moved a season-high 17 games over .500.

Twins 8, Indians 1

MINNEAPOLIS Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter hit consecutive homers, and Terry Mulholland pitched six strong innings to lead Minnesota over Cleveland.

Cleveland, which pulled within a game of the first-place Twins last Saturday, dropped six back in the AL Central following its sixth straight loss. The Indians have been outscored 43-12 during their losing streak, and Minnesota has won five of six during that span.

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE Carlos Delgado homered and drove in three runs to key a 15-hit outburst, and Toronto handed Baltimore its fifth straight loss.

Rookie Dave Bush (2-3) allowed three runs in six innings for the Blue Jays, who have their first winning streak under interim manager John Gibbons, now 4-8 since taking over for Carlos Tosca.

Athletics 5, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Barry Zito scattered four hits over eight shutout innings, leading the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics past Tampa Bay.

Bobby Crosby, Marco Scutaro and Mark Kotsay homered for Oakland, which has won five straight. The Athletics have 14 homers including seven solo shots the last two days in the past four games.

Zito (9-9) struck out six and walked one to improve to 5-2 in eight starts since the All-Star break. Chris Hammond pitched the ninth to complete the five-hitter.

John Halama (6-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings for the Devil Rays, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

Tigers 11, Mariners 10

DETROIT Craig Monroe hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th, leading the Tigers to a wild victory in which the teams combined for a Comerica Park-record 36 hits, including 21 by Seattle.

Rondell White led off the 11th for the Tigers with a single off Scott Atchison (1-1), and Carlos Guillen hit into a forceout, and then stole second. Monroe followed by lining a pitch to center field, and Guillen easily beat Randy Winn's throw to the plate, giving Detroit its third straight win.

Rangers 5, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mark Teixeira hit his 30th homer, Manny Alexander added a two-run double and the Rangers won their eighth straight.

Texas matched its longest winning streak of the season and remained tied with Boston for the AL wild-card lead. The Rangers trail first-place Oakland by a half-game in the AL West.

Texas starter Mickey Callaway gave up only two runs and five hits but was lifted after 4 2-3 innings, one out from qualifying for his first win since April 1, 2003, with Anaheim. Making his second start since missing 123 days with an elbow injury, the right-hander was trying to end a personal eight-game losing skid.



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