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Oakland notches AL-record 19th consecutive victory

Athletics continue to amaze

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada and the Oakland Athletics simply refuse to lose -- even when the degree of difficulty gets higher and higher.

Tejada got his second straight game-ending hit as the A's matched the longest winning streak in AL history with their 19th straight victory Monday, beating the Kansas City Royals 7-6.

David Justice homered and drove in four runs as Oakland overcame a 5-0 deficit to equal the 19 straight wins recorded by the 1906 White Sox and matched by the 1947 Yankees.

With their second straight victory in their final at-bat, the A's recorded the fifth-longest streak in major league history and the third longest since 1900.

With the bases loaded and the score tied at 6 in the ninth, Tejada drove a sharp one-out single against Jason Grimsley (3-5) through five drawn-in infielders. The hit sparked a replay of the raucous Coliseum celebration on Sunday, when Tejada's dramatic three-run homer beat Minnesota.

Billy Koch (8-2) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for the win.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 4

NEW YORK -- Nomar Garciaparra drove in three runs, and Casey Fossum (3-3) won for the first time in seven starts this season as Boston beat New York.

Shea Hillenbrand had three hits and scored twice for the Red Sox, who trimmed New York's AL East lead to 6 1/2 games on a rainy day at Yankee Stadium.

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO -- Joe Borchard homered for his first career hit and Chicago won its season-high sixth straight game.

Borchard, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, hit a two-run homer off Corey Thurman (2-3) in the fourth inning for a 4-1 lead.

Indians 11, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Karim Garcia homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs as Cleveland handed Detroit its ninth straight home loss.

Garcia hit three-run homers in the first and sixth innings. Detroit has lost five straight overall and 11 of 12. The Tigers haven't won at home since beating Seattle 6-3 on Aug. 20.

Mariners 5, Twins 2

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning as Seattle handed AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins its season-high fifth consecutive defeat.

Sierra singled to right off LaTroy Hawkins after Bret Boone singled and Edgar Martinez walked to open the inning against Johan Santana (8-6).

National League

ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Maddux (12-5) allowed seven hits and also sparked a three-run rally in the third, singling up the middle and scoring Atlanta's first run on a wild pitch.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2, 1st game Cubs 17, Brewers 4, 2nd game

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit his 494th career homer and Kerry Wood won for only the second time since the All-Star break as Chicago routed Milwaukee and salvaged a split of a doubleheader.

Wood (10-8) tied a major league record with four strikeouts in the fourth inning and also hit a two-run homer, his first since May 2, 2000. Bill Mueller, Alex Gonzalez and Todd Hundley homered for the Cubs, whose 17 runs were a season high.

In the first game, Ronnie Belliard homered twice, ex-Cubs Eric Young and Jose Hernandez added solo shots.

Reds 5, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS -- Aaron Boone homered for the first time in 20 games and had three RBIs as Cincinnati ended a three-game losing streak.

Shawn Estes (5-11) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Reds, starting a six-game trip after a 2-5 homestand. Adam Dunn, who had been in an 8-for-67 slump, had three hits and a first-inning RBI single.

Expos 5, Phillies 1

MONTREAL -- Tomo Ohka pitched his second career complete game, a six-hitter that led Montreal past Philadelphia.

Ohka (13-6) got his second complete game in four starts, improving to 5-0 in his last seven starts. Ohka struck out one and walked two.

Dodgers 19, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX -- In a game that got so out of hand that Mark Grace pitched the ninth inning for Arizona, Los Angeles posted one of the biggest routs in the Dodgers' 113-year history.

Shawn Green and Brian Jordan hit consecutive home runs in the second inning to ignite the most one-sided loss ever for the Diamondbacks, eclipsing a 19-2 defeat at Colorado on June 18, 2000.

Rockies 5, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Jason Jennings pitched seven strong innings and drove in two runs as Colorado snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak.

Jennings (16-6) gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out seven without allowing a walk.

His victory total is the most for a rookie since Cincinnati's Tom Browning won 20 games in 1985.

Interleague

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kevin Mench drove in three runs and Chan Ho Park won his third straight start as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Monday.

The game, the last interleague game until the World Series, was the makeup of a June 30 rainout.

Park (7-6) held the Astros scoreless until Alan Zinter's one-out homer in the seventh. Park, who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth with a strikeout and a double-play grounder, gave up one run and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts.



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