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Angels back on top in West

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Salmon homered in the 10th inning as the Anaheim Angels reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Salmon's one-out shot against closer Billy Koch (10-4) gave Anaheim its 17th win in 19 games.

Mark Mulder matched his career-high with 12 strikeouts for Oakland, allowing five hits over nine innings. Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn, pitching on three days' rest, gave up three hits in eight innings. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

Twins 7, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Jacque Jones had four hits, including a homer leading off the game, before spraining his left ankle on an awkward slide into second. Torii Hunter had a bruised left triceps after being hit by a pitch and Corey Koskie bruised his right shin after fouling a ball off his leg. X-rays didn't show any major injuries.

Luis Rivas tied a career high with four hits and Brad Radke (9-4) sent Detroit to its 21st loss in 26 games.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 42nd save, tying the team record shared by Jeff Reardon and Rick Aguilera. Shane Loux (0-2) lost in his second career start.

Red Sox 4, Indians 2

BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield (11-5) won his fourth straight start, allowing five hits in eight innings, and Manny Ramirez hit his seventh homer in 11 games.

Ugueth Urbina finished for his 36th save.

Devil Rays 9, Yankees 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano went 5-for-5 with his 39th home, but John Flaherty hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth off Steve Karsay.

Carl Crawford had a run-scoring grounder off Ramiro Mendoza (8-4) and Aubrey Huff had an RBI single in the four-run inning.

Orioles 10, Blue Jays 4

BALTIMORE -- Chris Singleton hit two of Baltimore's season-high five home runs, and Australian rookie John Stephens (2-4) earned his second major league win, allowing four runs, six hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

Tony Batista, Chris Singleton and Marty Cordova also connected for the Orioles, who have won three of five after a 1-18 skid.

White Sox 6, Royals 1

CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle (18-11) got his 18th win on the third try, scattering six hits over seven innings. He's the first Chicago lefty to win 18 since 1985, when Britt Burns went 18-11.

Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez hit back-to-back solo homers. Mark Johnson also homered as the White Sox (75-76) pulled within one game of .500.

Mariners 3, Rangers 2

SEATTLE - Carlos Guillen hit a two-out single off C.J. Nitkowski that scored pinch-runner Jose Offerman in the 10th.

Arthur Rhodes (9-4) pitched 1 2-3 innings for Seattle, seven games behind Oakland in the AL wild-card race with 11 games left.

National League

LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds hit a two-run double in a four-run second inning as the San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles 6-4 Tuesday night and took a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL wild-card race.

San Francisco, which has won eight of 12, stranded 14 runners but sent the Dodgers to their eighth loss in 11 games. Each team has 11 games left, including matchups on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Dodger Stadium.

Braves 2, Phillies 1

ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux allowed four hits in seven innings, moving within one victory of joining Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 15 or more games in 15 straight seasons.

Maddux (14-6), who had given up six runs to Florida in the first inning of his previous start, improved to 19-6 in 34 starts on three days' rest. John Smoltz got four outs for his 52nd save, one shy of the NL record shared by Randy Myers and Trevor Hoffman.

Cardinals 11, Rockies 4

DENVER -- Tino Martinez hit a grand slam, capping a seven-run eighth inning as St. Louis cut its magic number for clinching the NL Central to five.

Pinch-hitter So Taguchi broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single off Kent Mercker (3-1) and Albert Pujols added a two-run single before Martinez's 10th career slam.

Brewers 5, Astros 4

MILWAUKEE -- Ben Sheets (10-16) beat the Houston for the third time this season, allowing six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Houston, which has 11 games remaining, dropped 7 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.

Mets 3, Cubs 1

NEW YORK -- Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run homer off Juan Cruz (2-11) in the ninth.

Sammy Sosa hit his 497th career homer and 47th of the season.

Pirates 11, Reds 3

PITTSBURGH -- Pokey Reese had a career-high five RBIs and Cincinnati made five errors -- its most since May 21, 1990, at Chicago's Wrigley Field -- in allowing nine unearned runs.

The third-place Reds (74-77) are mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

Expos 8, Marlins 5

MIAMI -- Jamey Carroll hit a tiebreaking single and Jose Vidro followed with a three-run homer Graeme Lloyd (4-5) in the 14th inning as Montreal moved into sole possession of second place in the NL East.

The announced crowd was 4,836, but there only about 100 people left in the stands when it ended at 11:47 p.m. after 4 hours, 39 minutes.

Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Eaton (1-1) allowed two hits in seven innings, combing with three relievers on a four-hitter in his best of his four starts since returning from elbow surgery.

Trevor Hoffman got three straight outs for his 38th save.



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