Sox batter Yanks, move within 1 1/2 games of first

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

NEW YORK Kevin Millar and Nomar Garciaparra homered off Roger Clemens as the Boston Red Sox battered the New York Yankees for the second straight day, breezing 11-0 Saturday behind Tim Wakefield for its fifth straight win.

Boston, which trailed the Yankees by 7 1/2 games on Aug. 20, closed within 1 1/2 games of first-place New York in the AL East, the Yankees' slimmest margin since July 29. It was the most-lopsided shutout loss for New York at Yankee Stadium since Milwaukee won 12-0 on April 27, 1984.

A day after Boston won the opener 9-3, Clemens (13-9) lasted just 3 1-3 innings, his earliest exit not related to an injury since June 6, 1999, against the New York Mets. He allowed seven runs and seven hits.

Wakefield (10-6) gave up four hits in seven innings.

Blue Jays 1, Tigers 0

TORONTO Roy Halladay (19-6) pitched a 10-inning, three-hitter for the first extra-inning shutout in the major leagues since Jack Morris led Minnesota over Atlanta in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

Halladay didn't allow a hit until pinch-hitter Kevin Witt doubled with two outs in the eighth.

Dave Stewart had the previous extra-inning shutout during the regular season, allowing five hits over 11 innings as Oakland beat Seattle on Aug. 1, 1990.

Pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty drove in the winning run off Fernando Rodney (0-2) when he singled over center fielder Alex Sanchez. Detroit dropped to 37-104.

White Sox 8, Indians 5

CHICAGO Esteban Loaiza (19-6), tied with Halladay for the major league lead in wins, allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings while striking out 10. Chicago remained tied with Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

Paul Konerko tied the score at 5 when he homered in the sixth off Rafael Betancourt, then hit a two-run single in the seventh off Danys Baez after Jack Cressend (2-1) allowed hits to Roberto Alomar and Magglio Ordonez.

Tom Gordon worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.

Twins 5, Rangers 2

MINNEAPOLIS A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer and Brad Radke (11-10) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Shannon Stewart went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Twins won their fourth straight game and improved to 31-17 since the All-Star break. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

R.A. Dickey (8-7) allowed five runs, six hits and three walks in 2 2-3 innings.

Angels 6, Royals 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. Pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh off Jason Grimsley (2-5) as Anaheim rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3.

The doubleheader opener made up a rainout last weekend in Kansas City the teams had no remaining off days in common. The Royals began the day 1 1/2 games behind Chicago and Minnesota, tied for the AL West lead.

Ben Weber (5-1) pitched two innings, and Troy Percival got three outs to reach 30 saves for the sixth straight season.

Devil Rays 7, Athletics 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Pete LaForest and Carl Crawford drove in two runs each and Aubrey Huff stole home for Tampa Bay (56-84), which surpassed its 2002 victory total.

Oakland, which remained two games ahead of second-place Seattle in the AL West, has lost three of four following a 10-game winning streak.

Rob Bell (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, and Lance Carter pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. Rich Harden (4-4) allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Orioles 3, Mariners 1

BALTIMORE Eric DuBose (2-4) allowed one run and six in eight innings, and Tony Batista homered and drove in two runs.

Jamie Moyer (17-7) gave up two runs and eight hits over seven innings in losing to Baltimore for the first time since May 30, 1989. The left-hander had won 14 straight decisions against the Orioles and was 14-1 in 21 appearances.

Jorge Julio got three outs for his 31st save. Seattle dropped 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Angels 6, Royals 5, 1st game

Angels 3, Royals 1, 2nd game

ANAHEIM, Calif. Adam Kennedy homered and drove in three runs, and Kevin Gregg got his first major league victory as Anaheim completed a doubleheader sweep of Kansas City.

In the first game, pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and Robb Quinlan also had a two-run single as Anaheim rallied for a win.

Kansas City's two losses, coupled with victories by Minnesota and Chicago, dropped the Royals three games behind the Twins and White Sox in the AL Central.

Gregg (1-0) allowed a run and four hits over seven innings in his second career start, striking out four and walking one.

Troy Percival saved both games, giving him 31, the sixth straight season that the Angels' career saves leader has had at least 30.

Jamey Wright (0-1) allowed six hits while striking out five in his first complete game of the season and fifth of his career.

Ben Weber (5-1) pitched two innings of relief for the win in the opener and Jason Grimsley (2-5) got the loss.



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