Boston remains hot by winning Sox battle

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

CHICAGO Trot Nixon and Gabe Kapler hit solo home runs, and John Burkett finally got his 10th win Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

It was the ninth win in 12 games for the Red Sox, who are four games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Chicago's lead in the AL Central is now down to one game.

Athletics 2, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE Mark Ellis drove in the tiebreaking run with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly and Chris Singleton added an RBI single as Oakland beat Baltimore to win its 10th straight.

It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Orioles, four of which have come against Oakland. Baltimore is 0-7 against the A's this season.

Twins 12, Angels 6

MINNEAPOLIS Rookie Michael Ryan hit a three-run homer and Cristian Guzman had a three-run triple as Minnesota beat Anaheim.

The Twins, who moved within a game of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, built a 12-1 lead after four innings and finished with 14 hits to make a winner of Kyle Lohse (12-10).

Shawn Wooten went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Anaheim, which lost for the first time in four games on its road trip.

Rangers 8, Royals 7

ARLINGTON, Texas Laynce Nix hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira drove in three runs as Texas held on to beat Kansas City.

The Royals scored four runs in the ninth, but fell short when Francisco Cordero struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Guiel and Raul Ibanez to end it with a runner on second for their fourth straight loss.

Kansas City fell three games behind the Chicago White Sox and a game back of Minnesota in the AL Central.

Tigers 8, Indians 6

DETROIT Cody Ross hit a grand slam for his first major league home run then needed to be carted off the field with an apparent knee injury in the eighth inning, and Detroit beat Cleveland.

Mariners 10, Devil Rays 8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Carlos Guillen hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 11th inning as Seattle beat Tampa Bay.

John Mabry hit a leadoff infield single off Lance Carter (7-4), and pinch-runner Chad Meyers went to third on Bret Boone's double.

Guillen, who tied a career high with five RBIs, followed with a double into the left-center field gap. Ben Davis drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2-1) pitched two innings and allowed an RBI single to Pete LaForest in the 11th for the victory, the Mariners' fourth straight.

Seattle maintained its one-game lead over Boston in the AL wild-card race, and remained two behind Oakland in the AL West.

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