OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder (17-4) became the first 17-game winner of the major leagues this season, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings to lead the Athletics to a 6-2 victory over the Orioles Tuesday.
Eric Chavez and Jermaine Dye both homered for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 10 games to maintain their half-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West.
Devil Rays 6, Mariners 5
SEATTLE Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to back Rob Bell (6-7), who allowed two runs one earned and three hits in seven innings. Martinez, who reached 20 homers for the ninth time, tied Cecil Fielder for 87th on the career list at 319.
Seattle (46-78) dropped 32 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 1983 season 60-102.
Angels 7, Royals 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer and Anaheim won its seventh straight, converting a throwing error by second baseman Desi Relaford into the tying and go-ahead runs.
Adam Kennedy was 4-for-4, and John Lackey (11-10) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth, becoming the only active major league pitcher with nine consecutive seasons of at least 25 saves.
Rangers 5, Twins 4
ARLINGTON, Texas Michael Young hit a tying double in the ninth off Joe Nathan (1-2) and Mark Teixeira singled home the winning run with two outs, stopping Minnesota's four-game winning streak.
Pinch-hitter Justin Morneau had put Minnesota ahead in the top half with an RBI double off Francisco Cordero (3-0).
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO Doug Mirabelli hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Mike Timlin pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom half to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manny Ramirez drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who have won seven of eight and remained 6 1/2 games behind New York in the AL East.
White Sox 9, Tigers 5
DETROIT Juan Uribe homered, scored the go-ahead run and drove in three runs, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers to end a five-game losing streak.
Jon Garland (9-9) won for just the second time in nine starts since defeating Seattle on July 9, giving up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Yankees 5, Indians 4
CLEVELAND Derek Jeter homered leading off the game for his 1,000th career run, then stole a pair of bases in the ninth inning and scored on Hideki Matsui's two-out single to lead the New York Yankees over Cleveland, the Indians' ninth straight loss.
New York, which rallied from a 4-1 deficit, has won two straight after losing six of seven and remained 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. It was the Yankees' 48th come-from-behind win, the most in the major leagues.
Cleveland, which had been one game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota on Aug. 15, began the night eight games behind the Twins. The Indians are on their longest skid since losing 10 straight in 1979.
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