AL West-leading A's maintain torrid pace

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2004

CHICAGO Mark Redman pitched seven strong innings and Billy McMillon homered to lead the Oakland Athletics past the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Thursday.

Redman (10-10) became the fourth Oakland pitcher to reach double digits in wins, allowing four hits and two runs. He retired his final 13 batters, and the AL West-leading A's won for the 14th time in 16 games.

Orioles 13, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Miguel Tejada drove in three more runs and Erik Bedard pitched seven impressive innings, leading Baltimore over Tampa Bay.

Yankees 9, Indians 1

NEW YORK That record-setting defeat appears to have stirred up the Yankees.

Gary Sheffield had three RBIs to reach 100 for the seventh time, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber (10-8) pitched seven shutout innings to lead New York to its second straight win over Cleveland.

Red Sox 4, Angels 3

BOSTON Derek Lowe pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Boston took control of the AL wild-card race by beating Anaheim for its season-high ninth straight victory.

Bill Mueller homered off Bartolo Colon (13-11) and Johnny Damon had three hits to help the charging Red Sox complete a three-game sweep and win for the 15th time in 16 games. They moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Angels in the wild-card chase and remained only 3 1/2 behind the AL East-leading Yankees.

Blue Jays 8, Mariners 6

TORONTO Ichiro Suzuki got three more hits, but Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells homered to lead Toronto over Seattle.

Suzuki, chasing George Sisler's major league record for hits in a season, went 3-for-5 and has 217 hits. He has 29 games left to break Sisler's mark of 257 hits set in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns.

Twins 2, Rangers 0

MINNEAPOLIS Brad Radke struck out a season-high nine in eight shutout innings to give Minnesota a three-game sweep of Texas.

Radke (10-7) had the Rangers off balance all night. He allowed five hits and walked one in Minnesota's seventh shutout.

Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth for his 37th save and the Twins extended their lead in the AL Central to a season-high nine games.

Kenny Rogers (15-7) allowed just one run in six-plus innings, but Texas tied a season high with its fourth straight loss and fell 5 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

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