Santana dominates opposition again

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004

BALTIMORE Johan Santana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his 10th straight victory, and Matt LeCroy homered to cap a seven-run second inning that carried the Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Santana (17-6) struck out nine and walked none before leaving with a 9-0 lead. He's unbeaten in 11 starts since July 11 and has a 1.38 ERA since the All-Star break.

White Sox 5, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Carlos Lee hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Chicago's four-run sixth and Freddy Garcia pitched five solid innings in his first start in over two weeks.

Ben Davis homered and Timo Perez hit a two-run double for the White Sox, who've won five of six but remained 8 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

Blue Jays 1, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Justin Miller allowed two hits over eight innings to outpitch Kelvim Escobar and lead Toronto over the Angels.

Miller (3-3) retired his first 11 batters before Vladimir Guerrero lined a single to right with two outs in the fourth. Anaheim's other hit was a one-out single in the eighth by Adam Kennedy.

Red Sox 8, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Pedro Martinez pitched six innings of two-hit ball to win his third straight start, and surging Boston completed a three-game sweep of the Athletics.

Boston, which has won 14 of 15 and 26 of 31, pulled within two games of the first-place New York Yankees for the first time since before play on June 3. New York's doubleheader against Tampa Bay was postponed because of rain.

Indians 9, Mariners 5

SEATTLE Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Cleveland beat the Mariners.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and moved within 30 hits of tying George Sisler's single-season major league record of 257 hits. He has 24 games to tie Sisler's mark.

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