Zito, Athletics mow down Royals

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Barry Zito retired his first 16 batters as the Oakland Athletics won their 15th straight, 7-1 over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

The streak is the longest in the majors since Seattle won 15 in a row last season. Oakland completed its first 10-0 road trip, and the streak is the A's longest since they won 17 in a row from May 5-25, 1931.

Yankees 7, Red Sox 0

BOSTON -- Mike Mussina pitched a three-hitter and Bernie Williams homered as New York beat Pedro Martinez and Boston to move a step closer to a fifth consecutive AL East title.

The Yankees (83-48) beat Boston for the fourth consecutive time, shutting them out 13-0 in the two-game series to move a season-high 35 games above .500 and nine games in front in the division.

Twins 2, Mariners 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer to help Johan Santana outpitch Joel Pineiro as Minnesota beat slumping Seattle.

Bret Boone homered for the third-place Mariners, who have lost four of five and 13 of 22 to fall 4 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

Indians 2, Tigers 1

CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome homered twice and C.C. Sabathia pitched seven solid innings to Cleveland over Detroit.

Thome was 3-for-3 with home runs in the second and sixth innings. Carlos Pena homered for the Tigers.

Travis Fryman, who announced before the game that he will retire at the end of the season, was 0-for-3.

White Sox 8, Blue Jays 0

CHICAGO -- Jon Garland pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, and Magglio Ordonez homered twice in what could be Chicago's final game of the season.

Garland (9-10), making his 56th career start, struck out nine and walked one, allowing just three runners past first base and one past second.

Rangers 5, Orioles 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Todd Hollandsworth and Ivan Rodriguez homered to extend Texas' power surge and lead Chan Ho Park over Baltimore.

The Rangers have homered in 15 straight games, with 30 homers during that span.

They have 185 home runs this season, second in the majors to the New York Yankees (191).

Devil Rays 8, Angels 5, 10 inn.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jared Sandberg, hitless in his first four at-bats, drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the 10th inning as Tampa Bay rallied past Anaheim.

Sandberg's drive just over the glove of Anaheim center fielder Darin Erstad came off Al Levine and followed consecutive singles by Randy Winn and Aubrey Huff, the third hit of the game for each.

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