Red-hot Indians blow past Royals

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005

CLEVELAND — Jhonny Peralta, Travis Hafner and Ben Broussard homered, and C.C. Sabathia allowed five singles over eight innings as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 11-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

The Indians have won five straight and 12 of 13, and have the best record at in the major leagues since July 31 at 33-11. They trailed the White Sox by 15 games on Aug. 1 but are just 3 1/2 games back heading into a three-game series in Chicago that starts Monday night.

Cleveland moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the wild-card race.

Sabathia (14-10) struck out eight and walked none, improving to 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA since Aug. 5.

Jose Lima (5-16) gave up eight runs and nine hits in four innings, losing for the eighth time in nine starts. Kansas City is a major league-worst 48-99.

White Sox 2, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Contreras (13-7) won his sixth straight start, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings.

Juan Rincon (6-6) gave up consecutive two-out singles to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth, and Jermaine Dye hit a bouncer to second that Nick Punto tried to backhand unsuccessfully, allowing pinch-runner Ross Gload to score from second on the error.

Damaso Marte got the first two outs in the ninth, and Bobby Jenks finished for his third save.

Athletics 12, Red Sox 3

BOSTON — Eric Chavez had two homers and five RBIs for Oakland, which remained two games back of the AL West-leading Angels.

Oakland got four runs in the first off Matt Clement (13-6) and three in the second, then added five in the fifth off Jeremi Gonzalez for a 12-0 lead.

Boston split the four-game series and leads the AL East by 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who lost 6-5 at Toronto.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5

TORONTO — Jaret Wright left in the third inning after being hit on the right elbow by Eric Hinske's broken bat and was unsure whether he would take his next scheduled turn in New York's rotation.

Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 44th homer and Derek Jeter also connected for the Yankees. Jeter struck out looking against Miguel Batista with a runner on second to end it.

Angels 5, Tigers 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Juan Rivera and Darin Erstad each drove in two runs, and Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI double.

Paul Byrd (12-10) allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Scot Shields gave up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Dmitri Young in the ninth before Francisco Rodriguez got two outs for his 38th save.

Rangers 8, Mariners 6

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mark Teixeira homered twice, and Rod Barajas, David Dellucci and Alfonso Soriano also connected for Texas, which set a major league record with 152 homers at Ameriquest Field. The previous mark for home runs at home was 149 by Colorado at Coors Field in 1996.

Texas completed a four-game sweep and reached .500 for the first time since Aug. 9.

Devil Rays 6, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE — Alex Gonzalez broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth on a throwing error by catcher Sal Fasano after singling off Todd Williams (5-5). Williams' next pitch was wild, allowing another run to score.

Travis Harper (4-6) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Danys Baez got three outs for his 37th save, retiring Fasano on a lineout with a runner on third to end the game.

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