OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jacque Jones homered and drove in three runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Wednesday to snap their three-game losing streak.
Eric Milton (13-9) pitched 5 1-3 strong innings to beat the A's for the third time this season. LaTroy Hawkins allowed a two-out, two-run single to Terence Long in the ninth, before striking out Randy Velarde for his 12th save.
Corey Koskie finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored for the Twins.
Gil Heredia (14-11) pitched just four innings. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens won his ninth consecutive decision, pitching shutout ball into the eighth inning and leading New York over Toronto.
Clemens (13-6), given a standing ovation when he came out of the game, didn't allow a runner past first until the seventh inning.
New York won for the 11th time in 14 games and opened a season-high 9 game lead in the AL East over Boston.
Indians 10, Red Sox 3
CLEVELAND -- Bartolo Colon was finally the No. 1 starter Cleveland needs him to be and Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs leading the Indians over the Red Sox.
The victory moved Cleveland 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland and three games up on Boston in the AL wild card race.
White Sox 1, Tigers 0
CHICAGO -- Jim Parque combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout Chicago over Detroit.
Frank Thomas and Harold Baines hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the first inning for the only run the White Sox needed as they won for the fifth time in seven games.
Orioles 9, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cal Ripken had four hits and rookie Chris Richard drove in five runs as Baltimore beat Texas.
Ripken's first-inning single gave him 3,054 hits, moving him past Rod Carew into 18th place on the career list. Ripken later moved past Robin Yount for 12th place in all-time doubles with 584.
Angels 8, Devil Rays 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rookie Adam Kennedy hit a three-run homer -- his second consecutive three-RBI game -- and Darin Erstad drove in two runs as Anaheim rallied from four runs down for a victory over Tampa Bay.
Ramon Ortiz (6-5) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Mariners 2, Royals 1, 11 innings
SEATTLE -- Mike Cameron scored a disputed run on Jay Buhner's two-out double in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving Seattle a win over Kansas City.
The Mariners increased their AL West lead to two games over Oakland, which lost to Minnesota 7-6.
Cameron drew a two-out walk from Ricky Bottalico (7-6) and Buhner doubled into the left-field corner. Cameron made a head-first slide and was called safe by plate umpire Marvin Hudson, prompting catcher Gregg Zaun to throw down his mask.
A replay showed Zaun blocked Cameron and tagged him in time for the out. Zaun continued his argument as he walked off the field with the umpires.
Jose Mesa (4-6) worked the 11th inning to get the victory.
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