Indians send Red Sox to ninth straight defeat; Blue Jays pound Yankees

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

BOSTON -- Jim Thome homered twice and Juan Gonzalez drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians sent the Boston Red Sox to their ninth straight loss, 8-5 Tuesday.

Boston, on its longest skid since June 1994, remained a season-high 9 1/2 behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Thome's 44th homer gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the second against Hideo Nomo (11-7), winless in seven starts since July 26.

Bartolo Colon (12-10) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Bob Wickman got his 29th save.

Blue Jays 14, Yankees 0

TORONTO -- Chris Carpenter (9-11) pitched a six-hitter for his second shutout of the season and rookie Felipe Lopez homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs. Toronto matched a season high with 17 hits, including Jose Cruz Jr.'s ninth homer against the Yankees this year.

New York lost by its largest margin since a 15-1 defeat at Boston on Sept. 1, 1990. Still, the Yankees maintained a 9 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox, their largest in the AL East since 1998.

White Sox 10, Tigers 1

White Sox 4, Tigers 0

CHICAGO -- Sean Lowe (7-4) and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer as Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep.

Mark Buehrle (13-7) allowed four hits in eight innings in the opener, and Royce Clayton, Jose Valentin, Paul Konerko and Jeff Liefer hit solo homers.

Rangers 6, Twins 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gabe Kapler hit a two-run double in the ninth off LaTroy Hawkins (1-5), who has blown eight of 36 save chances.

Devil Rays 8, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- A night after Seattle become the first team to clinch a playoff spot, Kazuhiro Sasaki couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth, allowing an RBI single to Brett Abernathy. Tampa Bay then scored six runs in the 10th off Norm Charlton (3-2) and Jose Paniagua.

Athletics 5, Orioles 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer off Jason Johnson (10-11) -- his fifth home run in four games against Baltimore -- and Barry Zito (12-8) won his fourth straight start. Oakland has won nine of 10, an opening a 9 1/2-game lead in the wild card race.

Royals 4, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jeff Suppan (9-11) didn't allow a hit until Scott Spiezio singled past a diving Joe Randa at third with two outs in the seventh, and Carlos Beltran and Gregg Zaun homered.

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