Athletics run Mariners' losing streak to three games

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrence Long, Ramon Hernandez, Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada homered as the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 11-2 Saturday and sent the Mariners to their first three-game losing streak in a year.

Seattle hadn't lost three straight since Sept. 21-23 last year against the A's at Safeco Field. The Mariners (104-63) also failed in their bid to become first major league team to go an entire season without losing a series on the road.

Oakland (91-58), which has the second-best record in the major leagues, won its 11th straight home game cut its magic number for clinching the AL wild card to two.

Erik Hiljus (5-0) allowed two runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings and struck out eight. Joel Pineiro (5-2) gave up six runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in two innings.

Indians 4, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome broke a sixth-inning tie with his league-leading 48th homer as Cleveland reopened a six-game lead over the second-place Twins in the AL Central with 13 games remaining.

Ellis Burks and Travis Fryman followed Thome's homer with back-to-back doubles that chased Brad Radke (13-10).

Ricardo Rincon (2-1) won, and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

Orioles 11, Yankees 2

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Geronimo Gil had three hits and drove in five runs. New York's magic number for clinching the AL East dropped to four with Boston's loss.

Chuck Knoblauch hit two homers for the Yankees, who have lost three straight. Cal Ripken had two hits, two walks, drove in a run and scored twice for the Orioles.

Baltimore rookie Sean Douglass (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in five-plus innings for his first major league win. Sterling Hitchcock (3-4) gave up six runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Shane Halter homered off Rolando Arrojo (5-4) and hit a sacrifice fly as Detroit rallied after homers by Trot Nixon and Brian Daubach put Boston ahead 2-0.

Derek Lowe, shifted into the rotation because of Pedro Martinez's season-ending shoulder injury, made his first start since June 28, 1998. He allowed three hits in five scoreless innings and left after 70 pitches.

Adam Pettyjohn (1-6) pitched 1 2-3 shutout innings and Matt Anderson got his 19th save in 20 chances -- his 19th in a row, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

Blue Jays 8, Devil Rays 7

TORONTO -- Jose Cruz Jr. hit a three-run homer as Toronto rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

Steve Cox homered and had four RBIs for the Devil Rays, just four defeats shy of their first 100-loss season.

Pasqual Coco (1-0) pitched three hitless innings for his first major league win and Billy Koch got three outs for his 34th save. Felipe Lopez's sixth-inning sacrifice fly off Jesus Colome (1-2) gave Toronto an 8-7 lead.

Rangers 5, Angels 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rafael Palmeiro hit two homers, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning off Mike Holtz (1-2). Palmeiro, who had been tied with Dave Kingman for 25th on the career list, has 444 homers, eight shy of Carl Yastrzemski.

Pat Mahomes (6-6) pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for the victory. Anaheim, eliminated from playoff contention on Friday, has lost seven of eight.

White Sox 5, Royals 4

CHICAGO -- Tony Graffanino hit a sacrifice fly after Carlos Beltran dropped a routine fly ball for a three-base error, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Ray Durham hit the first pitch from Blake Stein (5-8) in the 10th to center, and Beltran appeared to have an easy play. After the error, Graffanino hit the next pitch to Beltran, who caught the ball but couldn't throw out the speedy Durham.

On Friday, Graffanino beat the Royals with a ninth-inning single.

Keith Foulke (4-9) struck out four in two innings for the win. The Royals have lost nine of 11.

Kansas City's Doug Henry escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and stranded a runner on third in the ninth.

Mark Johnson homered and Chris Singleton hit an RBI triple for the White Sox, who have beaten the Royals five straight times.

Mike MacDougal started for Kansas City in his major league debut and allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. Chicago's Jon Garland, making his first start in 16 days, gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Singleton's RBI triple put Chicago ahead in the second, but Kansas City took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on Carlos Febles' bad-hop RBI infield single, Perez's sacrifice fly and Beltran's RBI single.

Johnson homered in the bottom half, Durham tripled off the left-field wall on the next pitch and Jose Valentin chased MacDougal with a tying RBI single.

Paul Konerko put the White Sox ahead in the seventh with an RBI single, but Brent Mayne broke an 0-for-23 streak with a two-out, RBI double off Bob Howry in the eighth to tie it at 4.

Notes: MacDougal's contract was purchased before the game from Triple-A Omaha, and RHP Paul Byrd was placed on the 60-day DL with a sore shoulder. ... The Royals have made seven errors in five games on their road trip, which concludes Sunday against the White Sox. ... Mayne came in as a defensive replacement for Gregg Zaun in the seventh.

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