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Rangers down Yanks to win season series

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2001

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Darren Oliver and the Texas Rangers took advantage of New York's sloppy play and clinched the season series against the Yankees with an 8-1 victory Wednesday night.

Oliver (10-8) outpitched Mike Mussina (12-11) as Texas beat the AL East leaders for the fourth time in six meetings this year. They have one game left.

Since winning the season series in 1996 and beating the Yankees in Game 1 of the playoffs that fall, the Rangers had been 13-42 against New York until this year.

Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth, when Mussina walked two and threw a pair of wild pitches.

Twins 6, Blue Jays 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Reed allowed one run in seven innings for his best start with Minnesota, leading the slumping Twins over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brian Buchanan and Torii Hunter each homered for the Twins, who had lost three straight and 11 of 12. Minnesota is a major league worst 11-29 since the All-Star break.

Reed (2-2), acquired from the Mets on July 30 for Matt Lawton to help stop the slide, gave up four hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter to lower his ERA with Minnesota from 7.45 to 5.81.

Devil Rays 11, Orioles 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Tyner hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a late five-run deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Jared Sandberg singled with two outs off Willis Roberts (7-9) and went to third on Chris Gomez's single. Tyner then greeted B.J. Ryan with his fourth hit -- all in the last four innings.

Mariners 16, Tigers 1

SEATTLE -- Bret Boone homered, tripled and doubled as the Seattle Mariners scored 13 runs in the first three innings and routed Detroit for their team record-tying 91st victory.

At 91-36, the runaway AL West leaders matched the club mark for wins set last season.

David Bell went 5-for-5, John Olerud hit a pair of two-run homers and Edgar Martinez drove in five runs in the Mariners' highest-scoring and most-lopsided win of the year.

Angels 4, Red Sox 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bengie Molina went 4-for-4 with a home run as the Anaheim Angels beat the Boston Red Sox.

Molina matched his career high in hits when he hit a solo homer, his fourth, in the eighth inning off Rod Beck.

Darin Erstad singled in the tying run and Garret Anderson's RBI single provided the go-ahead run as the Angels rallied in the seventh.

White Sox 13, Royals 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ray Durham homered twice and doubled as the Chicago White Sox rallied for eight runs in the sixth inning and beat the Kansas City Royals.

Carlos Beltran had a two-run triple in the Royals' seven-run first, then hit his first career grand slam in the seventh. He also singled and walked twice.

Indians 5, Athletics 4, 11 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jim Thome snapped an 0-for-17 slump by leading off the 11th inning with his 43rd homer and the Cleveland Indians held off the Oakland Athletics.

David Riske, the last reliever left in the Cleveland bullpen, escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the 11th.

Riske got Miguel Tejada to ground into a home-to-first double play, then issued an intentional walk that reloaded the bases. Riske slipped a called third strike past Ramon Hernandez on a 3-2 pitch for his first career save.

Thome, the AL's home-run leader, hit a 1-2 pitch from Luis Vizcaino (1-1) into the deepest part of the right-field bleachers, increasing his career-best homer total.

The Indians' career homers leader also broke Hal Trosky's single-season franchise record, set in 1936, for homers by a left-handed hitter.

Indians closer Bob Wickman (4-0) got out of a ninth-inning jam and pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.

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