NEW YORK Reliever Jeremy Affeldt threw away a potential game-ending double play, and the New York Yankees rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.
After the error, pinch-hitter Tino Martinez hit a run-scoring single, Derek Jeter had a two-run single off Shawn Camp (1-3), Gary Sheffield tied the score with a two-out double and Alex Rodriguez followed with the winning single.
New York (72-56) moved a season-high 16 games over .500. The Yankees pulled within 1 1/2 games of AL East-leading Boston the closest New York has been since before play on July 29. The Yankees remained tied with Oakland for the wild-card lead.
White Sox 4, Mariners 3
SEATTLE Jose Contreras (9-7) pitched into the eighth inning and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer, leading Chicago past Seattle.
The AL Central-leading White Sox won their fourth in a row and beat the last-place Mariners for the sixth time in eight games this season. The Mariners fell to a season-worst 20 games under .500.
Seattle nearly tied it in the eighth, but Ichiro Suzuki was thrown out at the plate on Richie Sexson’s double. Right fielder Dye threw to second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, who threw to catcher A.J. Pierzynski to just get Suzuki, who had walked.
With closer Dustin Hermanson unavailable because of a sore lower back, Damaso Marte got Yuniesky Betancourt to hit into a double play with two men on in the ninth for his fourth save.
Tigers 12, Red Sox 8
BOSTON Dmitri Young hit a grand slam and Brandon Inge added three hits as Detroit rallied from a 6-0 deficit and sent Boston to its first home loss in 15 games.
The Red Sox had won 14 straight at Fenway Park since July 18, when they dropped into second place in the AL East with a loss to Tampa Bay. Boston won the next day to get back into first and has been there ever since, moving as many as 5 1/2 games in front of the second-place Yankees.
Roman Colon (1-0) allowed three hits in 3 1-3 innings, striking out five and throwing consecutive wild pitches to let in his only run. Jonathan Papelbon lost his first major league decision, giving up two runs on four hits in one inning while walking two and striking out two.
Athletics 12, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE Bobby Crosby and Eric Chavez hit successive homers in a seven-run third inning.
Mark Ellis homered and drove in three runs, Jay Payton tied a career high with four hits, and Crosby had three hits and scored twice to help Oakland win its fourth straight.
Joe Kennedy (3-0) pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his first start with the A’s since joining the team in a July 13 trade with Colorado.
Blue Jays 2, Indians 1
TORONTO Scott Downs (2-3) combined with Jason Frasor, Scott Schoeneweis and Miguel Batista on a five-hitter.
Cleveland, which had won eight of its previous nine, managed just an unearned run and dropped one game back in the AL wild-card race. The Indians, a major league-best 18-7 since July 31, had runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth, but Batista struck out Victor Martinez and finished for his 24th save.
Twins 7, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas Jacque Jones scored the tying run after a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning and hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brian Shouse (2-2) in the 11th as Texas stopped a three-game losing streak.
Kenny Rogers pitched six scoreless innings in his first start at home since serving a 13-game suspension for shoving two TV cameramen. The 40-year-old left-hander had lost three straight starts on the road since being reinstated, and has made six starts since his last victory July 16.
Joe Nathan (6-3) worked two innings for the victory, overcoming a leadoff double in the ninth, and hasn’t allowed a run in 17 innings over 15 appearances since the All-Star break. Minnesota remained 4 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.
Devil Rays 6, Angels 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jorge Cantu and Pete Laforest hit two-run homers for Tampa Bay, 26-15 since the All-Star break.
Casey Kotchman homered for the AL West-leading Angels, who had their division lead cut to a half-game over Oakland.
Doug Waechter (5-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, and Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 30th save, which matched his career high, set last season.
Paul Byrd (9-9) gave up six runs and 11 hits in six innings. He is 0-4 in his last seven starts.
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