Giambi homers in Yankees win

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jason Giambi hit his 30th homer and drove in five runs, helping the New York Yankees rout Tampa Bay 17-3 Tuesday night and nudge closer to first-place Boston in the AL East.

Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada each had four RBIs for the Yankees, who pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Red Sox, who lost 9-3 at Toronto.

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3

TORONTO — Gabe Gross hit his first home run in nearly a year during a five-run second inning for Toronto, which beat Boston for their ninth time in 13 games this season.

David Ortiz of the Red Sox tied his career-high with his 41st homer. It was his 37th as a designated hitter, matching the major league record set by Seattle’s Edgar Martinez in 2000.

Indians 5, Athletics 2

CLEVELAND — Ben Broussard’s second homer of the game, a tiebreaking three-run shot in the eighth inning, sent Cleveland to the victory that kept the Indians in control of the AL wild-card race.

The Indians are one game in front of the Yankees for the wild card and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Athletics.

Twins 9, Tigers 3

DETROIT — Matthew LeCroy, Luis Rivas and Jason Bartlett homered for Minnesota, which has won two straight, both against Detroit, after losing five of six. The Tigers have lost 11 of 13.

Brad Radke (9-11) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings to improve his career record against the Tigers to 19-6.

Orioles 4, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Luis Matos drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the ninth inning and Baltimore won its fourth straight.

Walter Young, who hit his first major league homer in the seventh, led off the ninth with a single off reliever C.J. Wilson (1-7). Pinch-runner Ed Rogers went to second on Chris Gomez’s sacrifice bunt. Rangers closer Francisco Cordero came on and, after getting one out, gave up the double to Matos.

Mariners 2, Angels 1

SEATTLE — Greg Dobbs singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth for Seattle.

Los Angeles lost its second straight game to the Mariners but still leads Oakland by one game in the AL West.

Jeremy Reed reached on a bunt single against Paul Byrd (11-10) leading off the ninth and took third on Raul Ibanez’s single.

White Sox 6, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Contreras won his fifth straight start and Chicago beat Kansas City for the 13th time in 16 games this season.

Juan Uribe hit two doubles and drove in a run, raising his average in September to a major league-high .487. Aaron Rowand had four hits, including a career-high three doubles. Chicago hit seven doubles, a season high.

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