Indians snap Seattle's win streak

Cleveland's Lofton comes through with clutch single in ninth inning

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2001

SEATTLE -- Kenny Lofton hit a two-out, two-run single off Arthur Rhodes in the ninth inning that led the Cleveland Indians over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Sunday.

Rhodes, ejected Saturday when he got angry after being ordered by umpires to remove his earrings, relieved with the bases loaded and two outs. He relieved after Cleveland loaded the bases against Jeff Nelson (4-2) and reacted calmly when told to remove the earrings by second-base umpire Tim McClelland.

The Mariners, who had won five in a row, loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. But Ichiro Suzuki grounded into a force play at the plate -- ending his 21-game hitting streak -- and Mark McLemore grounded out against Bob Wickman, who got his 24th save.

Athletics 7, Tigers 6

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada drove in three runs, and Terrence Long hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh as Oakland overcame a 5-0 deficit.

Matt Perisho (2-3) walked Olmedo Saenz and hit Jason Giambi with a pitch in the seventh and Jermaine Dye singled home the tying run.

Twins 7, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota parlayed four walks and five stolen bases into a five-run fifth inning. The Twins, who had lost 10 of 14 going into the series, completed a three-game sweep and sent Kansas City to its sixth straight loss -- all at home.

Brad Radke (11-8), who had lost his four previous decisions, pitched three-hit ball for seven innings to beat Blake Stein (5-7), who gave up five runs on six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. The Twins remained 4 1/2 games back in the AL Central.

White Sox 3, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Canseco and Magglio Ordonez hit solo homers.

Canseco, who had three RBIs in Chicago's 8-4 loss Saturday, broke a 2-all tie in the sixth against Bobby Seay (0-1) with his 12th homer this season, the 458th of his career.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Brandon Lyon (3-2) pitched six innings of three-hit ball as Toronto completed a three-game sweep, outscoring the Orioles 19-1.

Melvin Mora's sixth-inning homer ended Toronto's 26-inning scoreless streak, one short of the team record.

Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Lamb hit a tie-breaking two-run single to give the Texas Rangers a victory over Boston Red Sox as Pedro Martinez pitched for the first time in two months.

Lamb's single in the sixth came off Tim Wakefield (8-10), who relieved Martinez after the three-time Cy Young winner was limited to 71 pitches in four innings.

Angels 7, Yankees 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson hit a run-scoring double in the 10th inning, giving Anaheim a 7-6, come-from-behind victory.

Anderson's game-winning drive down the right-field line off Mike Stanton (8-4) came after Stanton hit Darin Erstad with a pitch to start the inning. Anderson went 3-for-5, with two doubles and two RBIs.

David Eckstein's two-out, run-scoring single off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning tied it at 6 and denied Orlando Hernandez his first win of 2001.

The blown save was the sixth in 46 chances for Rivera. He gave up one run and three hits in 1 1-3 inning.

Hernandez, 0-5 before going on the disable list June 1, made his second start since returning from toe surgery June, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven.



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