A's keep streak alive

Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics extended the majors' longest winning streak in 49 years to 17 games Saturday night, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 behind four RBIs from Eric Chavez.

Chavez hit a tiebreaking two-run single off J.C. Romero (8-2) in the eighth inning for the A's, who have the longest winning streak since the 1953 New York Yankees won 18 in a row. The 17 consecutive wins matched a franchise record set in 1931.

Oakland's bullpen wasted another excellent start by Cory Lidle, who allowed his first earned run in a masterful month but left in the eighth to a standing ovation with a 3-1 lead.

Indians 8, Red Sox 7

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Damon committed his first error in 250 games, allowing Bill Selby to score from first on Omar Vizquel's double, giving Cleveland the win.

Selby hit a pinch single with out one in the ninth and Milton Bradley popped up a bunt to first baseman Brian Daubach before Vizquel's hit off Bobby Howry (3-4).

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 1

TORONTO -- Justin Miller (6-4) combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Toronto beat New York.

Miller, facing the Yankees for the first time, only allowed Derek Jeter's single to left in the first, Raul Mondesi's bloop double to center in the fifth and John Vander Wal's infield single in the fifth.

White Sox 9, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Joe Crede hit his fourth home run in as many games, capping a five-run first inning for Chicago.

It was Chicago's sixth victory in eight games and Detroit's third loss in a row. Crede has 13 RBIs in his last four games.

Gary Glover (7-6) allowed three runs and four hits in five-plus innings.

Devil Rays 7, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Randy Winn scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay beat Texas.

With the game tied at 5, Danny Kolb got the first two outs in the eighth. But Winn singled, went to third on Aubrey Huff's single and scored when Kolb's inside pitch nearly hit Hall and got past catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Angels 9, Orioles 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ramon Ortiz retired his first 16 batters and pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout as Anaheim routed Baltimore.

For the second night in a row, Baltimore rookie Geronimo Gil singled to the opposite field with one out in the sixth inning to spoil a no-hit bid.

His line drive to right on a 2-2 pitch was the first of three consecutive singles against Ortiz (11-9), who escaped the bases-loaded jam by striking out Luis Lopez and retiring Chris Richard on a flyout.

Royals 4, Mariners 2

SEATTLE -- Kit Pellow hit a tiebreaking RBI single off closer Kazuhiro Sasaki with two outs in the ninth inning to lead Kansas City past Seattle. The third-place Mariners fell six games behind Oakland in the AL West and 2 1/2 in back of Anaheim in the wild-card race. With two outs in the ninth, Neifi Perez walked off Arthur Rhodes (7-3) and Luis Ordaz singled Perez. Sasaki replaced Rhodes and gave up a single to Pellow, scoring Perez from second. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single.

Jeremy Affeldt (3-4) got the victory with two innings of relief. Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 32 opportunities.

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