Athletics move into tie for first

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003

TORONTO Miguel Tejada homered and had three hits as the Oakland Athletics tied Seattle for the AL West lead by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 Monday night.

The Athletics hold a share of first place for the first time since May 15. They have won three straight and at 76-55 are a season-high 21 games over .500.

Terrence Long went 4-for-5 for the A's, also are tied with Boston in the AL wild-card race.

Yankees 5, Orioles 2

NEW YORK Alfonso Soriano hit his team-record 10th leadoff homer had four hits and drove in three runs. New York has won nine of 11, maintaining a five-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Andy Pettitte (16-7) allowed one run and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 18-4 against Baltimore.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 1

BOSTON Pedro Martinez, back from a throat infection that forced him to miss his previous turn in the rotation, allowed one run and six hits in six innings as Boston completed a four-game sweep and extended its winning streak to five.

David Ortiz had a home run and four RBIs to back Martinez's 12th consecutive victory over Seattle.

National League

Expos 12, Phillies 1

MONTREAL Livan Hernandez scattered eight hits in his league-leading seventh complete game, and Vladimir Guerrero drove in four runs to lead the Montreal Expos over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1 Monday night.

Hernandez (14-7) struck out nine and walked one in his 30th career complete game, improving to 4-0 in five August starts.

Brewers 10, Reds 6

CINCINNATI Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer and Bill Hall homered and drove in three runs. Milwaukee stretched a winning streak to seven for the first time since July 25 to Aug. 1, 1997, when the Brewers were still in the American League. Hall had a career-high four hits, and Wes Helms and Mark Smith also homered.

Diamondbacks 11, Padres 8

PHOENIX Randy Johnson (4-6) ended his first losing streak in four years as Arizona moved within 1 1/2 games of Philadelphia and Florida, tied for the wild-card lead.

Alex Cintron and Robby Hammock hit two-run homers for the Diamondbacks.

Johnson (4-6), coming off losses to Atlanta and Cincinnati, allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings and struck out four. He had lost consecutive decisions for the first time since June 25 to July 10, 1999.

Matt Mantei got five outs for his 20th save. Jake Peavy (9-10) allowed six runs, six hits and four walks in two-plus innings.



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