Thomas, White Sox rip Clemens, Yankees

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

NEW YORK Frank Thomas hit a mammoth grand slam against Roger Clemens, and the Chicago had six homers in a 13-2 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees.

Thomas homered high off the foul pole near the left-field upper deck, and Magglio Ordonez followed with the first of his two homers in the game between AL division leaders.

Esteban Loaiza (17-6) improved to 6-1 since the All-Star break, allowing one hit in seven innings and leaving with an 11-0 lead. He tied Toronto's Roy Halladay for the AL lead in wins.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 9

BOSTON Vernon Wells hit an RBI double that keyed a five-run eighth inning, and Toronto ended Boston's five-game winning streak.

The Red Sox trailed 7-1, but rallied to tie it as David McCarty hit a three-run homer. Toronto then pulled away and stopped its three-game losing streak.

Tigers 5, Indians 4

CLEVELAND Craig Monroe and Dmitri Young had homers as Detroit won a second straight game for the first time in six weeks.

Nate Cornejo (6-13) snapped his five-game losing streak and gave the Tigers their first winning streak since they took three straight in July. Jamie Walker got his third save.

Royals 9, Rangers 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike Sweeney and Aaron Guiel homered and drove in four runs apiece in support of Brian Anderson.

Anderson (10-10), acquired in a trade with Cleveland on Monday, gave up two runs and four hits in six innings.

Guiel, whose four RBIs were a career high, went 3-for-5. He homered off starter R.A. Dickey (8-6) in Kansas City's three-run third and ignited a six-run sixth with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded.

Twins 3, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Brad Radke earned his first shutout of the season with a five-hitter, and Minnesota got home runs from Jacques Jones and Luis Rivas.

All three teams in the AL Central race won, so the Twins remained 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago White Sox and a half-game behind the second-place Kansas City Royals.

Radke (10-10) won for the fifth time in six decisions, retiring 16 of the last 17 batters while beating John Lackey (8-13).

Mariners 9, Devil Rays 3

SEATTLE Jamie Moyer pitched seven innings for his first victory in three weeks, and Carlos Guillen had a three-run homer and a career-high five RBIs as Seattle snapped a season-high six-game losing streak.

Guillen and Dan Wilson added two-run singles a five-run seventh inning. Moyer (16-6) won for the first time since Aug. 5, beating Victor Zambrano (9-8).

Athletics 2, Orioles 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Terrence Long doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg's bases-loaded single in the 12th inning as the Oakland Athletics won their fourth straight, 2-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

With a marathon victory at the start of a six-game homestand, Oakland remained tied atop the AL West with the Seattle Mariners, who beat Tampa Bay. Both teams have a one-game lead in the AL wild-card race over the Boston Red Sox, who lost to Toronto.

Long led off the 12th with a double to the left-center gap against John Parrish (0-1), and he advanced to third on Tim Raines Jr.'s throwing error. After Baltimore walked two batters to load the bases, Hatteberg drove Hector Carrasco's pitch through the drawn-in infield to center.

Ramon Hernandez prevented a Baltimore run earlier in the 12th with an exceptional tag at home plate.

Mike Wood (2-0) hit Luis Matos with a pitch, then bounced a pickoff throw past Erubiel Durazo at first, allowing Matos to reach third. When Jeff Conine grounded back to the mound, Wood threw home and Hernandez caught the poor throw, did a pirouette on his knees and reached back to tag Matos' foot at the plate.

The Orioles lost their third straight and fell to 0-4 at the Coliseum this season.

The A's bullpen was exceptional behind rookie starter Rich Harden, who walked six batters in five shaky innings. Chad Harville and Keith Foulke retired 12 of 13 while pitching two scoreless innings apiece among the bullpen's seven scoreless innings.

Baltimore's Jason Johnson remained unbeaten in six starts since July 25. He shut out the A's into the seventh, but Mark Ellis' solo homer ruined Johnson's chance to set a new career high with his 11th victory.

Nursing a 1-0 lead, Johnson had retired 13 straight and hadn't allowed a runner past second base until Ellis hit a full-count pitch into the left-field stands in the seventh. It was just the 13th homer of the light-hitting second baseman's career.

Johnson kicked disgustedly at the mound after watching the ball land in the seats. He allowed five hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out five.

Harden was horrifically wild in his fourth straight poor start since beginning his career with four outstanding starts. He started 16 of the 23 hitters he faced with a ball, walking at least one batter in each of his five innings.

Harden allowed three hits and struck out five, but the Orioles didn't get a run until the fifth. Brook Fordyce hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on two grounders, the last by Jeff Conine.

Notes: Ellis still has a turf burn on his right hand from diving at SkyDome last week. ... LHP John Halama will start for Oakland on Thursday in the series finale. It will be Halama's second start in place of Mulder, who was in the A's clubhouse on Tuesday night, supporting himself on crutches. ... Johnson is 10-5. He also won 10 games in 2001. ... The Orioles are back at the Coliseum for the second time in seven weeks. Oakland swept a three-game series from Baltimore shortly before the All-Star break. ... Matos stayed on the ground for three minutes after Wood hit him on the left wrist. He left the game in the bottom half of the 12th.

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