Texas Rangers' Michael Young, left, reacts to being called safe at homeplate by umpire Greg Gibson, right, as Seattle Mariners catcher Yorvit Torrealba, center bottom, looks on in the ninth inning of the 7-6 Rangers win, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, in Arlington, Texas. Young reached home on a single to right by Hank Blalock off of Mariners pitcher Eddie Guardado.
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MINNEAPOLIS Johan Santana struck out 13 Saturday to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox, who have lost seven of their last nine games.
Santana (14-7) has struck out 10 or more batters in eight starts this season and he leads the major leagues with 220 strikeouts. Justin Morneau hit his career-high 20th homer and Michael Cuddyer also homered for the Twins.
Santana loaded the bases in the ninth and was relieved by Joe Nathan, who struck out three to complete the four-hitter and earn his 38th save.
The 2004 AL Cy Young Award winner is 7-2 with an ERA of 1.69 since the All-Star break.
Orlando Hernandez (9-9) labored through 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. He threw 102 pitches and has lost six of his past seven decisions. In his last two starts, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 12.72 ERA.
Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO Shawn Chacon gave New York's tired bullpen a much-needed rest by pitching eight innings, Bernie Williams drove in the lone run, and the Yankees won their sixth straight.
Chacon (5-3) allowed four hits before Tom Gordon pitched the ninth for his first save in eight chances. New York leads the AL with 13 shutouts.
Manager Joe Torre didn't want to use closer Mariano Rivera in four straight games.
Jorge Posada led off the second with a double off Gustavo Chacin (12-9), advanced to second on Ruben Sierra's single and scored on Williams' single to left.
Orioles 2, Devil Rays 1
BALTIMORE Luis Matos drove in Bernie Castro with a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading Baltimore over Tampa Bay.
Pinch-hitter Castro led off with a single and stole second. Eric Byrnes sacrificed Castro to third, and reliever Joe Borowski (1-4) intentionally walked B.J. Surhoff. Matos then lined a single to left.
Todd Williams (5-4) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his 34th save.
Carl Crawford homered for Tampa Bay.
Rangers 7, Mariners 6
ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock's RBI double with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted Texas over Seattle.
Seattle took a 6-5 lead into the ninth and had closer Eddie Guardado (2-3) on the mound, but pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa's leadoff homer tied it. Guardado had his fifth blown save of the season.
Michael Young followed with a single and after Mark Teixeira struck out, Blalock hit a line drive to right-center for a double to score Young.
Brian Shouse (3-2) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits despite a sore foot and Richie Sexson homered for the Mariners, who blew a five-run lead.
Angels 3, Tigers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run ground rule double and Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings to help Los Angeles extend its lead in the AL West to two games over Oakland.
Santana (9-8) allowed a run and four hits, including Marcus Thames' third-inning home run, and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. He walked three and held Detroit to one hit over his final five innings before Francisco Rodriguez pitched a hitless ninth for his 37th save in 42 attempts.
Chris Spurling (3-3) was the loser.
Indians 5, Royals 4
CLEVELAND Cliff Lee (17-4) won his eighth straight decision and Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer, pushing Cleveland within 3 1/2 games of Chicago in the AL Central.
That's as close as Cleveland has been to the first-place White Sox since April 18. The Indians have won 11 of 12, and in going 22-6 since Aug. 18, they've trimmed 11 1/2 games off a Chicago lead that reached 15 on Aug. 1.
The Indians also improved to 12-3 in September and stayed a half-game up on the New York Yankees for the wild card.
Crisp's homer highlighted the Indians' five-run first off Runelvys Hernandez (8-12), who lasted just three innings.
With 16 games left, the Royals (48-98) are guaranteed to have the third-most losses in franchise history. Only the 2004 Royals (58-104) and 2002 Royals (62-100) had more than this Kansas City squad.
Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
BOSTON Manny Ramirez hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning for his second consecutive game-winning RBI and drove in two runs, leading Bronson Arroyo and Boston over struggling Oakland.
Arroyo (13-9) retired his first 12 batters before walking the first hitter in the fifth. He gave up the first hit with two outs in the inning, an RBI single by Marco Scutaro. Arroyo allowed three hits all singles in seven innings.
Dan Haren (13-11) settled down after allowing a first-inning run on three singles, but then gave up Ramirez's long shot onto the street behind the Green Monster seats in left field with one out in the sixth for his 36th homer and 125th RBI of the year.
The Red Sox kept their 1 1/2-game AL East lead over the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 1-0. The Athletics have lost four of five.
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