A's blank Indians behind Haren

Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2005

CLEVELAND — Dan Haren limited baseball's hottest team to four singles in 6 2-3 innings and pushed Oakland higher in the AL wild-card standings as the Athletics beat Cleveland 2-0 Monday night, stopping the Indians' seven-game winning streak.

Haren (13-10) made sure the A's took the opener of a three-game series they can't afford to lose. Oakland, a major league-best 36-20 since the All-Star break, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the wild card-leading Indians.

Cleveland, 19-7 since Aug. 16, has a one-game edge over the idle New York Yankees, who open a three-game set on Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Twins 2, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Kyle Lohse won in his first start since a tirade following his early removal from a game, leading Minnesota over Detroit. Lohse (9-12) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, stopping Minnesota's three-game losing streak.

Juan Rincon pitched a one-hit eighth, and Joe Nathan finished with a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances. Minnesota, which has faded from contention in the AL wild-card race, won for only the second time in seven games.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO — David Ortiz hit two home runs, including a drive in the 11th inning that led Boston over Toronto.

Manny Ramirez also homered for the Red Sox, who recovered after wasting a 5-0 lead and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Ortiz hit a solo homer off Ted Lilly in the fourth before his go-ahead drive against Pete Walker (6-5), which gave him his eighth multihomer game this season. Ortiz has 40 homers, one short of the career high he set last year, and joined Carl Yastrzemski (1969 and '70) as the only Boston players with consecutive 40-homer seasons.

Orioles 4, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Daniel Cabrera struck out seven to win his second consecutive start since coming off the disabled list and Baltimore scored twice on a dropped fly ball to beat Texas.

Cabrera (10-11) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, staying in after Kevin Mench led off the second with a line drive that ricocheted off the pitcher's backside. It was Mench's fielding error in the top of that inning that led to two Orioles runs.

Mariners 8, Angels 1

SEATTLE — Joel Pineiro pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, Raul Ibanez homered and had four hits and Seattle beat Los Angeles.

The loss cut the Angels' lead in the AL West to one game over Oakland, which won 2-0 in Cleveland.

Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer in the third, his 35th, to put the Mariners ahead 2-1. Ibanez stole home on a double steal in the fifth and hit his 18th homer in the seventh, a solo shot.

Pineiro (7-9), who entered with a 5.43 ERA, has turned a dismal season around this month. In three starts spanning 22 1-3 innings, he has allowed only four runs for a 1.61 ERA.

The Angels' Ervin Santana (8-8) pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and four runs.

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