A's finally defeat Rangers' Rogers

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004


  Oakland Athletics' Bobby Crosby hits a three-run double in the fifth inning off of Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. The Athletics won 5-4. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Oakland Athletics' Bobby Crosby hits a three-run double in the fifth inning off of Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. The Athletics won 5-4.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

OAKLAND, Calif. Kenny Rogers lost at the Coliseum for the first time in more than 10 years, with Bobby Crosby's three-run double in the fifth inning leading the Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Rogers (16-8) was unbeaten in 35 appearances in Oakland since Aug. 7, 1994, going 18-0.

Alfonso Soriano was hurt in an awkward headfirst slide while stealing third base in the eighth inning. His left foot got caught under his right leg, and he left the game. He'll undergo tests Friday.

Rich Harden (10-6) allowed six hits while improving to 7-1 since the All-Star break.

Three Oakland relievers preserved the lead after Harden left in the seventh. Octavio Dotel stranded pinch-runner Manny Alexander on third base in the eighth, then pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.

The four-game series began Monday night, when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands, breaking a woman's nose.

Doug Brocail, the other Texas reliever prominently involved in the fracas, got loud boos when he took the mound in the fifth.

Red Sox 11, Devil Rays 4

BOSTON Curt Schilling became the first 20-game winner in the major leagues this season, reaching the mark for the third time in four years and leading Boston over Tampa Bay.

Kevin Millar and Johnny Damon each homered and drove in four runs, and Boston moved within 3 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The teams start a three-game series in New York on Friday night, then play a three-game set in Boston a week later.

Schilling (20-6) allowed four runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings and won his career-high seventh straight start since his last loss on Aug. 9, against Tampa Bay.

The Red Sox staked Schilling to a 3-0 lead in the first against Mark Hendrickson (8-15). Bobby Webb allowed Millar's 17th homer of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth, and Damon's 16th, a three-run shot in the seventh that made it 11-1.

Twins 10, White Sox 1

MINNEAPOLIS Kyle Lohse pitched seven sharp innings, Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-4 with a homer and Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox for its ninth straight victory.

The streaking Twins are quickly closing in on their third consecutive AL Central title. They reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.

Lohse (8-11), trying to overcome an inconsistent season with a strong finish that could put him in the postseason rotation, gave up one run, four hits and one walk. He is 3-1 in his last six starts, and he lasted seven innings for only the third time since the All-Star break.

Minnesota broke the game open with a four-run third. Jose Offerman drove in one run with a groundout, Cristian Guzman hit an RBI double, and Cuddyer followed with his 10th home run, a two-run shot to left.

White Sox starter Jon Garland (10-11) gave up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO Rafael Palmeiro homered and Rodrigo Lopez won his third straight start, lifting Baltimore over Toronto.

Vernon Wells hit two home runs, including a two-run homer in the third that landed two rows into the fifth deck of SkyDome.

Palmeiro hit his 547th homer in the ninth inning, moving to within one of Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the career list.

Lopez (13-8) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for his fifth win in his last six starts.

Toronto starter Miguel Batista (10-12) allowed seven runs, five hits and four walks in just two innings.

Tigers 6, Indians 4

CLEVELAND Eric Munson and Omar Infante each hit two-run homers and Detroit's bullpen stayed busy all night, leading the Tigers over Cleveland.

Tigers starter Gary Knotts, who hasn't won in 13 appearances five starts since July 9, was leading 5-3 and was one out from being the pitcher of record when Detroit manager Alan Trammell pulled him in the fifth for Steve Colyer.

Trammell wasn't done making moves, either. He used four more relievers after Colyer, including Jamie Walker (3-4), who pitched two innings, and Esteban Yan, who worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Munson homered in the second off C.C. Sabathia (11-10) and Infante connected in Detroit's three-run fifth.

Angels 6, Mariners 1

SEATTLE The Anaheim Angels took advantage of two errors by Gold Glove second baseman Bret Boone, scoring four times in the eighth inning.

The Angels remained within 5 1/2 games of Boston in the AL wild-card race. They trail Oakland by two games in the AL West.

Anaheim led 2-1 and had runners at second and third with one out when Darin Erstad grounded to Boone, who tried to get Adam Kennedy coming home. Incredibly, the throw hit Erstad's bat just in front of catcher Dan Wilson.

The ball bounced over Wilson's head, two runs scored and Boone was charged with an error. After Vladimir Guerrero was intentionally walked, Garret Anderson hit a shot through Boone's legs to make it 5-1.

Troy Glaus struck out, but Anaheim added another run when Dallas McPherson stole second and Wilson's throw went into center field. Guerrero scored, McPherson reached third and Wilson was charged with an error.

The breakdown on Anaheim's goofy eighth inning: four unearned runs, one hit, two walks one intentional and three Seattle errors. Erstad was credited with one RBI on his grounder.

Aaron Sele (9-3) won despite five shaky innings, allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts and five walks. Two walks were intentional to Ichiro Suzuki, who went 0-for-2 and reached on an error to remain at 233 hits in his chase of George Sisler's single-season record of 257.

The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Kennedy, at third after a leadoff double and a sacrifice bunt by David Eckstein, was running on contact on Erstad's grounder up the middle off Jamie Moyer (6-12).

Boone fielded the ball but didn't have a good line to the plate and had to throw to first.

Anaheim split the four-game series, in which it was outhit 26-23.

Sele wasn't overpowering, throwing 54 strikes in 97 pitches. Still, he beat Seattle for the second time this season at Safeco Field.

Suzuki has 16 games remaining to reach the record Sisler set in 1920 for the St. Louis Browns. Fans booed when Sele intentionally walked him with runners on second and third and two outs in the second, and again with two outs and a runner at second in the fourth.

Notes: The roof was closed all day. The temperature at game time was 57 degrees. ... With 14 intentional walks, Suzuki is third in the AL behind co-leaders Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez (15).

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