OAKLAND, Calif. -- Juan Gonzalez had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians emerged from their hitting slump, pounding Oakland ace Mark Mulder in a 9-7 victory over the Athletics on Thursday.
After losing the opener on Barry Zito's four-hitter, Cleveland took three straight from the A's, who hadn't lost that many in a row since mid-June. The Indians opened a season-high 6 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central.
Charles Nagy (5-6) allowed one hit and one run in 2 1-3 innings to win in relief of an ineffective C.C. Sabathia and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.
Mulder (15-7) was pounded for eight runs and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings, losing for the first time since July 1.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Roy Halladay (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, rookie Felipe Lopez hit his first major league homer, sending Minnesota to its 12th loss in 14 games. The Twins, 11-30 since the All-Star break, got just five hits.
Halladay (2-1) had been 0-7 in 15 road starts and 12 relief appearances since winning at Detroit on May 25, 1999.
Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer in the first off Kyle Lohse (4-6).
Seattle Mariners' David Bell circles the bases following his eighth-inning homer against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, in Seattle. Bell hit two homers in the Mariners 5-1 victory.
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Mariners 5, Tigers 1
SEATTLE -- Seattle (92-36) set a team record for wins in a season as Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 20 games and raise his average to a league-leading .348.
David Bell had his first career two-homer game in the majors. The Mariners (92-36) have 34 games left in their bid to break the AL record of 114 victories by the 1998 New York Yankees.
Rookie Joel Pineiro (3-0) combined with relievers John Halama, Jeff Nelson, Arthur Rhodes and Kazuhiro Sasaki on a three-hitter.
Yankees 5, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bernie Williams had four hits and Derek Jeter snapped a 1-for-18 slump with two hits, including a homer.
Sterling Hitchcock (3-2), picked over Ted Lilly to remain in the Yankees' starting rotation when Orlando Hernandez returned this week, allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 39th save.
Orioles 7, Devil Rays 4
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. -- Cal Ripken threw out the ceremonial first pitch before his final game in Florida, then hit an RBI single.
Jeff Conine had four hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs for Baltimore. Chris Richard hit a tiebreaking triple in the eighth off Victor Zambrano (5-2).
Jorge Julio (1-0) got two outs to record his first major league win. Willis Roberts got the final out for his fifth save.
White Sox 7, Royals 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Valentin hit two home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, as the White Sox held on after blowing a five-run lead.
Paul Konerko also homered and drove in two runs for Chicago, which won the last three games of the four-game series, and Chris Singleton and Tony Graffanino had three hits each. Mark Quinn homered twice and drove in three runs for the Royals.
Valentin led off the seventh with a blast into the right-field bullpen for his second two-homer game of the year. One out later, Konerko homered to left to make it 7-5 and chase starter Jeff Suppan (7-11). Rocky Biddle (5-8) got the victory.
Red Sox 7, Angels 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy O'Leary singled home a pair of runs to draw Boston even, and Chris Stynes' RBI single provided the go-ahead run during a four-run eighth inning.
Boston's win overshadowed an Angels club record by Bengie Molina, who went 4-for-4 for the second straight night to extend his streak to nine consecutive hits. He had three singles, a double and an RBI.
Rich Garces (6-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings to gain the victory, and Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth, allowing one run but striking out Tim Salmon with a runner on third to end the game, for his third save in as many chances.
O'Leary's hit off Ben Weber (6-2) tied it, then Stynes' single off Al Levine put Boston in front. Doug Mirabelli's sacrifice fly provided a two-run pad.
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