Appier, Angels stay on top for wild card

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002

BOSTON -- Kevin Appier (12-9) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and the Anaheim Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Saturday.

Anaheim opened the day two games behind Oakland in the AL West. The Angels are two percentage points ahead of Seattle and 2 1/2 games ahead of Boston in the wild-card chase.

Boston star Manny Ramirez singled and doubled, extending his streak of reaching base to 14 straight plate appearances, before he flied out in the sixth inning. Ramirez fell two short of the major league record of 16 set by Ted Williams in 1957.

Indians 5, Mariners 3

CLEVELAND -- Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Cleveland the victory.

Rookie Josh Bard also homered for the Indians. On Friday night, he capped his major league debut with a two-run homer in the ninth that lifted the Indians over Seattle 4-2.

This time, Matt Lawton walked to start the ninth against Doug Creek (2-2) and Garcia followed by hitting his fifth homer to right field.

Yankees 3, Rangers 2

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens earned his 291st career victory and Jason Giambi hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to lead New York past Texas.

Clemens (11-4) gave up Alex Rodriguez's major league-leading 45th home run in the first inning, then held the Rangers in check through the seventh. Clemens struck out nine. Steve Karsay pitched the last two innings for his seventh save.

Twins 6, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Denny Hocking hit three doubles and Cristian Guzman extended his hitting streak to 22 games as Minnesota defeated Kansas City.

Guzman has the longest current string in the majors and the longest for the Twins since Marty Cordova's 23-game streak in 1996. Guzman doubled and singled. He is hitting .366 (34-for-93) with five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs in that span.

Brad Radke (6-3), making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list with a pulled groin, picked up the victory despite allowing 11 hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 36th save.

Athletics 12, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Ray Durham hit two triples and David Justice, Eric Chavez and Terrence Long homered as the Oakland Athletics won their 11th straight game, defeating the Detroit Tigers.

Tim Hudson (11-9) won with his third complete game of the season. The Athletics stretched their lead in the AL West to two games over Seattle and Anaheim.

The A's also won 11 in a row last season. The last time the Athletics won more than 11 straight was 1988, when they set an Oakland record with a 14-game winning streak.

White Sox 5, Devil Rays 2

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas, Carlos Lee and Joe Crede all homered as the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Dan Wright (9-11) matched his career high with eight strikeouts and overcame a couple of rough spots to win for the second time in his last five starts. He gave up two runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings, and walked three.

Damaso Marte got the last five outs for his sixth save in eight chances.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 1, 1st game Blue Jays 8, Orioles 3, 2nd game

BALTIMORE -- Chris Woodward and Vernon Wells homered to back a solid pitching performance by Esteban Loaiza as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for a doubleheader sweep.

Josh Phelps had three hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who had lost three straight and eight of nine before taking both ends of the day-night doubleheader.

In the opener, Pete Walker (7-3) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball as the Blue Jays ended Baltimore's four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory.

Baltimore's Mike Bordick flawlessly handled a ninth-inning grounder to tie Cal Ripken's major league record for consecutive errorless chances by a shortstop (428). Ripken set the record in 1990.

Loaiza (6-7) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in eight innings. He was 2-5 with a 6.55 ERA on the road.

Rookie Rick Bauer (6-5) took the loss, making his first start of the season after 45 appearances out of the bullpen.

In the opener, Kelvim Escobar got three outs for his 26th save in 32 opportunities. Travis Driskill (8-7) was the losing pitcher.

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