Pettitte outlasts Martinez as Yanks extend AL East lead

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003

BOSTON Andy Pettitte outlasted Pedro Martinez, surviving early trouble to earn his 17th victory Saturday as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 10-7 and extended their lead in the AL East to 4 1/2 games.

Jorge Posada homered twice and Nick Johnson had four hits and four RBIs to help Pettitte (17-7) move into a tie for the league lead in victories.

He allowed three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings, striking out seven to win for the fourth consecutive start and 12th time in 13 decisions.

Mariano Rivera earned his 30th save despite contributing to Boston's three-run eighth inning that cut New York's lead to one.

Martinez (10-4) struggled to make it through the fourth, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out three.

White Sox 5, Tigers 2

DETROIT Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee homered as the Chicago White Sox handed the Detroit Tigers their 100th loss of the season.

The Tigers (34-100) join the 1962 Mets as the only teams in the modern era to lose 100 games before September.

Mike Maroth (6-19) took the loss and is one defeat from becoming the first pitcher since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20 games in a season.

Maroth, expected to start again Thursday against Cleveland or Friday in Toronto, allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Jon Garland (10-10) earned his second win in six August starts, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

Mariners 13, Orioles 1

SEATTLE Carlos Guillen had two doubles and three RBIs in a 10-run fifth inning, leading Gil Meche to his first win in four starts as Seattle routed sloppy Baltimore.

Seattle scored all 10 runs with two outs, and five of the runs came after third baseman Tony Batista's fielding error. Rey Sanchez also had three RBIs for the Mariners, who cut Oakland's lead in the AL West to 1 1/2 games and moved ahead of Boston by a half-game in the wild-card race.

The Orioles committed three errors, leading to seven unearned runs, and lost their seventh in a row to drop to a season-worst 13 games under .500.

Meche (14-10) became the first pitcher in the majors since 1956 to win 14 games after missing the previous two seasons. He missed the 2001 season when he underwent two major shoulder surgeries and pitched at Triple-A Tacoma last season.

Damian Moss (1-3) gave up seven runs five of them earned on seven hits and four walks, with no strikeouts.

Blue Jays 9, Indians 3

CLEVELAND Frank Catalanotto hit a three-run homer and Cory Lidle got his first win in more than a month for Toronto.

Catalanotto hit the second pitch thrown by reliever Rafael Betancourt into the Blue Jays' bullpen in right field for his 11th homer to cap a four-run sixth inning and give Toronto a 5-1 lead.

Lidle (12-11), in his second start since missing three weeks with a strained left groin, got his first win since July 25. He allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.54 career ERA at Jacobs Field.

Josh Towers gave up one run over the final 2 2-3 innings and earned his first career save.

Reed Johnson's hit-and-run single off Jake Westbrook (6-8) scored Chris Woodward from second base to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth.

Athletics 4, Devil Rays 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Ted Lilly took a one-hitter into the seventh inning as the Oakland beat Tampa Bay for its season-high eighth straight win.

Lilly (8-9) retired 11 of his first 12 batters before allowing an infield single to Aubrey Huff in the fourth as the A's retained a two-game lead in the AL West and improved to a major league-best 19-9 in August.

Lilly gave up a run, three hits and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 3-1 over his last seven starts.

Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his AL-leading 37th save in 42 chances.

Rob Bell (3-3) retired 11 straight hitters after Chavez's two-run double in the third, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Devil Rays from losing to the A's for the 16th time in 18 games.

Twins 2, Rangers 0

ARLINGTON, Texas Johan Santana pitched six shutout innings before leaving with a left hamstring injury, and Shannon Stewart drove in two runs for Minnesota.

Santana (9-3) allowed five hits to win his sixth straight decision. Santana, 8-2 in his 13 starts this season, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Santana went out to warm up for the seventh, but was favoring his left leg. He was replaced by Juan Rincon.

Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

Mickey Callaway (1-5) was making his first start for Texas after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day.



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