Angels rally to tie Athletics in AL West

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Spiezio's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Anaheim a 7-6 victory Thursday night over Oakland and vaulted the Angels into a tie with the Athletics atop the AL West.

The Angels won for the 13th time in 14 games -- including the final three of a four-game series against Oakland -- to move into a tie for the lead for the first time since Aug. 21.

After Eric Chavez's two-out homer off Brendan Donnelly (1-1) tied it in the top of the ninth, the Angels rallied to win in the bottom half.

Indians 5, Twins 4

CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel hit a three-run double and Cleveland hung on to stall Minnesota's drive to its first postseason berth since 1991.

Cleveland trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Vizquel doubled off Joe Mays (3-7) after John McDonald's potential double-play grounder to shortstop was misplayed by Cristian Guzman. Jim Thome followed with an RBI double.

Rangers 7, Mariners 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Herbert Perry had a pair of RBI doubles and Chan Ho Park (9-6) won his fifth straight start as last-place Texas completed a four-game sweep. Seattle fell seven games behind in the AL wild-card race.

John Olerud hit a two-run double in the first, but Michael Young homered off Ryan Franklin (6-4) in the bottom half and Perry hit a tying double.

Yankees 7, Orioles 3

NEW YORK -- David Wells (17-7), showing no ill effects from a diner fight last weekend, beat Baltimore for the fourth time this season as New York completed a four-game sweep and cut its magic number for clinching the AL East to eight.

Wells allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked none. Jason Giambi left with a bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch, and was listed as day to day.

White Sox 5, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jon Garland (11-11) allowed two hits -- a homer and single by Raul Ibanez -- in seven innings and Magglio Ordonez drove in two runs.

Rookie right-hander Miguel Asencio (3-6) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Baerga tied the score with a bloop single in a four-run ninth off Esteban Yan (6-8) and Trot Nixon hit a go-ahead two-run single.

Ugueth Urbina pitched a one-hit ninth for his 34th save.

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