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Anaheim soars over skidding Orioles

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

BALTIMORE -- Troy Glaus hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning and added a solo shot in the eighth as the Anaheim Angels won their 10th straight game Sunday, 6-2 over the skidding Baltimore Orioles.

The Angels' winning streak, one short of matching the franchise record, gives them plenty of momentum heading into an important four-game home series against AL West-leading Oakland on Monday.

Glaus' first homer gave Anaheim a 4-1 lead against Pat Hentgen (0-1), who was making his first appearance since May 2001, after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. He added his 24th of the season against Rick Bauer.

Yankees 6, Tigers 4

NEW YORK -- Slumping Rondell White hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and New York beat Detroit, cutting the Yankees' magic number for clinching the AL East to 12.

After Tigers rookie Andy Van Hekken evenly dueled Roger Clemens into the late innings, White won it with a two-out shot. White began the game in a 1-for-26 rut, but homered off Oscar Henriquez (1-1) and took a curtain call.

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 4

BOSTON -- Esteban Loaiza pitched seven solid innings to win for the fourth time in six starts, and Vernon Wells homered to lead Toronto past Boston.

Loaiza (8-8) allowed three runs on nine hits, striking out one and walking none. Carlos Delgado scored four runs and Chris Woodward went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Devil Rays 6, Rangers 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas set a major league-record by homering in its 26th consecutive game when Rafael Palmeiro hit a solo homer in the sixth inning against Tampa Bay.

Palmeiro's 39th homer this season and 486th of his career came on a 1-1 pitch from Wilson Alvarez. Alex Rodriguez later hit his major league-leading 51st homer, a solo shot off Esteban Yan in the eighth.

The 1941 New York Yankees, 1994 Detroit Tigers and 1998 Atlanta Braves homered in 25 straight games.

Mariners 16, Royals 9, 11 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Olerud hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning and Ben Davis added a grand slam to lift Seattle over Kansas City.

The Mariners, who have won three straight for the first time since July 29-Aug. 3, remained four games behind Anaheim in the AL wild-card race. They scored eight times in the 11th inning after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth.

Desi Relaford, who had four hits, singled with one out in the 11th. Edgar Martinez walked before Olerud's shot to right-center off Blake Stein (0-4).

After Davis connected off Kris Wilson for his third career slam and second this season, Mike Cameron hit his 22nd homer of the year to make it 16-8.

Doug Creek (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th by getting Brent Mayne to ground into an inning-ending double play.

White Sox 7, Indians 6

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth and Joe Crede added a game-winning single as Chicago rallied past Cleveland.

New Indians closer Danys Baez (10-11) couldn't protect a three-run lead in the ninth and blew his first save of the season.

Baez walked the first two batters of the ninth -- pinch-hitter Jose Valentin and Willie Harris. Baez recovered to retire the next two batters before Thomas hit a full-count pitch over the left-field wall for his 24th homer of the season.

Magglio Ordonez followed with a walk, Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch and Carlos Lee walked to load the bases. Crede followed with his single to right to win the game.

Antonio Osuna (8-2) pitched the ninth for the win.

Athletics 6, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Barry Zito became the AL's first 20-game winner, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings as Oakland beat Minnesota.

Miguel Tejada and Adam Piatt homered for the A's, who won for the 22nd time in 23 games and maintained their two-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West.

Oakland opens a four-game series at Anaheim on Monday night, with Tim Hudson pitching against Kevin Appier.

Zito (20-5) struck out seven and walked two, securing the first 20-win season of his promising young career and boosting his chances for the Cy Young Award. Oakland leads the majors with 17 shutouts this season.

Zito improved to 44-17 (.721) in his three-year career, the best winning percentage in modern major league history with a minimum of 50 decisions. He is 5-0 in his last six starts.

Eric Milton (13-8) lasted only four innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list.



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