Twins increase AL Central lead

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS Kenny Rogers allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Michael Ryan homered as Minnesota beat Chicago 4-2 on Wednesday night.

The win put Minnesota 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago, which will try to avoid a sweep Thursday night at the Metrodome.

Rogers (12-8) struck out three and walked none in his first win since Aug. 21. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.

Luis Rivas went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and scored two runs for the Twins, who won their fourth straight over the White Sox.

Orioles 5, Yankees 3

BALTIMORE Larry Bigbie and Jay Gibbons homered, and Baltimore ruined David Wells' bid for his 200th career victory by defeating New York.

Eric DuBose (3-5) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who took a 5-0 lead in the second inning and won for only the fifth time in their last 23 games against the Yankees.

Juan Rivera homered for New York, which maintained its 5 1/2-game lead over Boston in the AL East. The Yankees were 10-1 in their previous 11 games.

Athletics 2, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Barry Zito took a shutout into the ninth inning and Oakland got RBI doubles from Scott Hatteberg and Billy McMillon to beat Anaheim.

Zito (13-12) retired the first 15 batters before walking Adam Kennedy to lead off the sixth. Rookie Alfredo Amezaga singled one out later to break up the no-hit bid.

Zito left after Garret Anderson's sacrifice fly in the ninth drove in Anaheim's first run. With closer Keith Foulke out with a sore back, Chad Bradford and Jim Mecir each got one out to finish, with Mecir earning his first save.

Devil Rays 7, Red Sox 0

BOSTON Victor Zambrano allowed three hits in seven innings and Rocco Baldelli homered, leading Tampa Bay over Boston the first time the Red Sox have been shut out at Fenway Park in more than a year.

Boston's lead over Seattle in the AL wild-card race fell to 1 1/2 games.

Tampa Bay had 16 hits to win for just the second time in nine games. Marlon Anderson was 3-for-4, and Al Martin was 2-for-2 after entering as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

Mariners 5, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Jamie Moyer pitched eight strong innings and Carlos Guillen hit a solo homer as Seattle beat Texas.

Seattle ended a three-game losing streak and moved within 1 1/2 games of Boston in the AL wild-card race.

Moyer (19-7) allowed one run on four hits while striking out five and walking two in becoming the fourth AL pitcher to win at least 19 games. He improved to 12-3 in his career against Texas.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 0

DETROIT Roy Halladay threw a six-hitter to tie a Toronto record with his 21st win, and Vernon Wells hit his 32nd homer as the Blue Jays beat Detroit.

Detroit (38-113) has lost five straight and needs five wins in its final 11 games to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120 losses set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Indians 9, Royals 1

CLEVELAND Jake Westbrook scattered four hits over six-plus innings, and Travis Hafner and Alex Escobar homered as Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak.

Jody Gerut hit a two-run single and Jhonny Peralta also drove in two for Cleveland, which snapped Kansas City's four-game winning streak.

The Royals are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota and two games behind Chicago in the AL Central.

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