White Sox move magic number down to seven

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

DETROIT -- Sean Lowe pitched five shutout innings and Chris Singleton hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-2.

Chicago's cut its magic number for clinching the AL Central title to seven over second-place Cleveland, which lost 7-4 to Boston.

Mariners 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Cameron homered, tripled and drove in two runs as Seattle won its seventh straight game, beating Tampa Bay.

The Devil Rays lost their ninth in a row, the longest skid in the AL this season.

Seattle began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead in the AL West over Oakland, which played a doubleheader at Baltimore.

Athletics 7, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- The Oakland Athletics received a team-record 15 walks, including four straight in a five-run seventh inning, and endured two rain delays totaling more than five hours to beat Baltimore.

Blue Jays 16, Yankees 3

TORONTO -- Even with David Wells sidelined, the New York Yankees couldn't do much against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Steve Trachsel (8-13) took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and Toronto sent the Yankees to their fifth loss in six games, setting a season high for runs.

Royals 5, Angels 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney extended a team record with his 136th RBI and closed within two of the 200-hit plateau as Kansas City beat Anaheim.

Sweeney, Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran hit RBI singles in a three-run third inning for Kansas City, which avoided dropping to a season-worst 13 games under .500.

Red Sox 7, Indians 4

BOSTON -- The Cleveland Indians and the rain showed up again at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox overcame both.

A pair of two-run hits -- Nomar Garciaparra's triple and Dante Bichette's homer -- capped a four-run third inning as the Red Sox knocked Cleveland out of the AL wild card lead.

The Indians fell one-half game behind Oakland, which beat Baltimore 7-4, in the wild card chase. Boston is 2 1/2 games behind the Athletics.

Twins 15, Rangers 7

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jacque Jones drove in a career-high five runs and Minnesota overcame Rafael Palmeiro's 399th career homer to defeat Texas.

Palmeiro hit his 38th homer of the season, moving into a tie with Al Kaline for 32nd on the career list.

Jones, who was 2-for-4, hit a three-run homer and a two-run single for Minnesota, which has won three straight for the first time since July 24-27.

Matt Kinney (2-2) allowed four runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings to beat Ryan Glynn (5-5), who gave up nine runs.

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