Rodriguez breaks own record for home runs

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of three-run homers, breaking his own major league record for shortstops with 53 home runs in a season as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 12-7 Monday night.

The Rangers homered in their 27th straight game, extending their big league mark.

Ichiro Suzuki and Desi Relaford led off the game with homers for the Mariners. But the Rangers rallied behind A-Rod and stopped Seattle's three-game winning streak, further damaging its wild-card chances.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Derek Lowe became the American League's second 19-game winner despite being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Lowe (19-7) was leading 4-3 when he was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Crawford after hitting Felix Escalona with his first pitch in the seventh. Lowe also hit Escalona in the fifth inning, but no warning was issued then.

The Red Sox and Devil Rays have had trouble in the past with pitches hitting batters.

Twins 5, Tigers 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dustan Mohr hit an RBI double and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins ended their 20-inning scoreless streak and beat the Detroit Tigers.

After being shutout in consecutive games by Oakland left-handers Barry Zito and fellow lefty Mark Mulder, the AL Central leaders broke through against lefty Mike Maroth (5-8).

Jacque Jones drove in two runs as the Twins finished with nine hits, nearly matching their 10-hit output over the previous two games.

Blue Jays 11, Indians 9

CLEVELAND -- Josh Phelps, Vernon Wells and Eric Hinske each homered and drove in three runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Cleveland Indians.

Jim Thome hit his 44th home run to help the Indians overcome a 6-0 deficit. He extended his streak of reaching base to 38 consecutive games, the longest current string in the majors.

Thome added an RBI double in the seventh, giving him 100 RBIs in four straight seasons and six of the last seven.

White Sox 10, Royals 6

Kansas City, Mo. -- Joe Crede homered twice off Paul Byrd and Joe Borchard hit an inside-the-park homer to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals.

Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox before the smallest Kansas City crowd in more than seven years.

The attendance of 9,555 was the lowest at Kauffman Stadium since July 5, 1995, when 7,511 saw the Royals play the Red Sox.

Athletics 2, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jermaine Dye and Terrence Long homered as Tim Hudson and Oakland beat Anaheim to win for the 23rd time in 24 games.

Garret Anderson homered for the Angels, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped -- one shy of the club record set in 1964.

The Athletics increased their lead to three games over the Angels in the AL West, while Anaheim remained four games ahead of Seattle in the wild-card race.

Hudson (13-9) retired the first 10 Angels en route to winning his sixth consecutive decision. He allowed one run on six hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Billy Koch got three straight outs for his 39th save in 45 chances.

Kevin Appier (14-10) gave up two runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings, losing for the first time in seven starts since Aug. 2.

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