Boston streaks closer to Yankees

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

TORONTO David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs, and Curt Schilling earned his 16th win to lead the Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 Wednesday night and cut the New York Yankees' AL East lead to 5 1/2 games over the second-place Red Sox.

Schilling (16-6) joined Oakland's Mark Mulder (17-4) as the only AL pitchers with 16 or more wins, allowing one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings with nine strikeouts.

Indians 4, Yankees 3

CLEVELAND Coco Crisp caused more commotion than a runaway squirrel, diving headfirst for a go-ahead bunt single in the eighth that helped end Cleveland's nine-game losing streak.

A small brown squirrel ran onto the field in the third inning, later darted between Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, and eventually settled down in center field. Play was held up several times.

Tigers 5, White Sox 4

DETROIT Marcus Thames drove in three runs, and Nate Robertson (11-7) allowed one run and eight hits in eight inning and Detroit sent Chicago to its sixth loss in seven games. Carlos Guillen added three hits, including a homer.

Aaron Rowand made it close in the ninth with a three-run homer off Ugueth Urbina. Mark Buehrle (11-8) dropped to 1-5 in his last seven starts, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Twins 8, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas No. 9 hitter Luis Rivas had a double and triple off Ryan Drese (11-7), then homered against Carlos Almanzar leading off the eighth. Lew Ford went 3-for-5, a triple and two singles off Drese.

Kyle Lohse (7-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings as Minnesota maintained its eight-game lead in the AL Central. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 35th save, escaping a bases-loaded jam when Laynce Nix hit a game-ending flyout.

Athletics 3, Orioles 0

OAKLAND, Calif. Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer off B.J. Ryan (3-4) with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Octavio Dotel (3-1) pitched a one-hit ninth in relief of Rich Harden, who allowed four hits in eight inning. Oakland has won three straight, while Baltimore has lost a season-high nine in a row.

Angels 21, Royals 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. Jeff DaVanon became the first Angels player to hit for the cycle since Dave Winfield at Kansas City on June 24, 1991, and drove in four runs as Anaheim tied a season high with 22 hits and completed a seven-game season sweep.

Jose Molina hit his first career grand slam, and Garret Anderson had five RBIs and three hits, including a three-run homer. Darin Erstad and Vladimir Guerrero had three hits each, and Erstad scored four runs.

Devil Rays 6, Mariners 5

SEATTLE Aubrey Huff drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout in the ninth, and Tampa Bay completed its first series sweep of Seattle.

Travis Harper (5-2) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and Danys Baez got three outs for his 25th save. Scott Atchison (1-2) lost as the Mariners (46-79) fell a season-low 33 games under .500 and were swept for the 10th time.

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