Oakland bashes its way to wild card lead (tie)

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003

TORONTO Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada each hit grand slams the first time the Athletics have connected for two in their 103-year history, and Oakland routed Toronto.

Hernandez hit his second career slam, giving Oakland a 4-0 lead off Kelvim Escobar (9-8) in the first. Tejada's sixth career slam made it 12-2 off Josh Towers in the sixth.

It was the first two grand slams for the A's this season.

Billy McMillon and Jose Guillen hit back-to-back homers off Towers in the seventh, giving Oakland a 16-2 lead.

McMillon drove in a career-high five runs for the A's, who reached a season high in runs and hits (19). The 17 runs are the most Oakland has ever scored against Toronto.

Tim Hudson (13-4), who was scratched Thursday because of a bruised right hand, won his fourth straight start, allowing two unearned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out none and walked one.

Yankees 7, Orioles 0

NEW YORK Jose Contreras made a rousing return from the disabled list, shutting down the Baltimore Orioles on three hits over seven innings in New York's 7-0 victory Sunday.

Jorge Posada hit a three-run homer off rookie Eric DuBose (1-4) in the first and Derek Jeter added a two-run single for the Yankees, who cruised to an easy win after dropping the first two of the four-game series.

Rangers 5, White Sox 0

CHICAGO John Thomson threw a four-hitter to win his fifth straight decision and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer as Texas avoided a four-game.

Thomson (12-10) didn't allow a runner to reach second until there were two outs in the ninth when Magglio Ordonez moved Carlos Lee over with his second hit. Thomson threw 107 pitches 77 for strikes in his third complete game of the season. He struck out six and walked one.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Chicago.

Twins 8, Royals 1

MINNEAPOLIS Johan Santana struck out 10 batters for the second straight game, and Minnesota broke loose after Kevin Appier left in the second inning with an elbow injury to salvage a split of their four-game series with Kansas City.

Minnesota, which does not play the Royals again this season, moved within 1 1/2 games of first-place Chicago in the AL Central, while Kansas City stayed a game back. The White Sox lost 5-0 to Texas.

Santana (8-3), who has become the Twins' ace with a 1.25 ERA over five starts in August, tied his season high for strikeouts. He gave up six hits and two walks in six innings, but allowed only one run on Desi Relaford's second-inning homer.

Indians 7, Devil Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of run-scoring singles as Cleveland handed Tampa Bay its fifth straight loss.

Ludwick is 15-for-39 (.385) with four homers in his last 11 games. He drove in five runs in the Indians' three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Tigers 10, Angels 9

DETROIT Brandon Inge hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Troy Percival and Detroit ended its 11-game losing streak, beating Anaheim.

Carlos Pena opened the ninth with an infield hit and two outs later, Inge connected on a full-count pitch. The rally enabled the Tigers to stop a 14-game skid against Anaheim.

Garret Anderson hit his 27th homer and drove in five runs for the Angels. His two-run single in the eighth put Anaheim ahead.

Red Sox 6, Mariners 1

BOSTON Derek Lowe pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to lead the Boston Red Sox to a win over Seattle, the fifth consecutive loss for the AL West-leading Mariners.

The Red Sox have won three in a row against Seattle and four straight overall. Boston is five games behind New York in the AL East and tied with Oakland in the wild-card race.

Seattle's lead fell to one game over the Athletics in the AL West.



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