Ichiro leads rout

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits and Ichiro Suzuki had four more singles to pace Seattle's 24-hit outburst in a 16-6 rout of Anaheim Wednesday.

The Angels remained 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West, but dropped 6 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race.

Ibanez went 6-for-6 with a career-high five RBIs a night after Suzuki went 5-for-5 in Seattle's 7-3 victory over the Angels. Ibanez's six hits tied the AL record for a nine-inning game.

Suzuki set a Seattle record with nine hits in two games. He now has 247 hits this season and is 10 from tying George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record with 10 games remaining.

The Mariners set a club record with 21 singles -- six by Ibanez. Their 24 hits were the most given up by the Angels this season as were their 16 runs.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4

NEW YORK -- Vernon Wells hit a go-ahead, two-run triple off Orlando Hernandez in the seventh inning.

New York built a 3-0 lead when Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ruben Sierra added a solo shot in the second off Ted Lilly (12-10). Williams' drive gave the Yankees six hitters with 20 or more homers for only the second time in their history, the first since 1961.

Hernandez (8-1) was trying to become the first Yankees starter to win his first nine decisions since Tommy John in 1979.

Royals 7, Devil Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ruben Gotay hit an RBI grounder in the 10th inning and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay.

David DeJesus homered and drove in three runs for the Royals. Tampa Bay's Matt Diaz hit his first major league homer.

Indians 7, Tigers 6

DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta's two-run double keyed Cleveland's five-run seventh inning, and the Indians rallied to defeat Detroit.

Josh Phelps homered for the Indians, who came back from a 3-0 deficit a night after overcoming a five-run deficit to win. Jake Westbrook (13-9) won for the first time in four September starts.

The Tigers made it close in the ninth, scoring three times against Bob Wickman. Bobby Higginson hit a solo homer with one out, and Carlos Pena had a two-run shot with two outs. Wickman had only allowed two homers in 25 previous appearances.

Rangers 5, Athletics 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers matched a career high with his 17th win and Eric Young hit his first homer in more than a year, a three-run tiebreaker, moving Texas within three games of Oakland in the AL West.

Rogers (17-8) was pulled after giving up a walk and single to start the sixth, but allowed just three runs and matched the 17 wins he had for Texas in 1995.

Francisco Cordero put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before extending his team record with his 47th save.

Young connected with two outs in the fourth off Barry Zito (11-11) for a 5-2 lead. His first Rangers home run came in his 305th at-bat -- the most this season by any player in the majors without a homer.

White Sox 7, Twins 6

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning to lead Chicago over Minnesota.

Wilson Valdez led off with a single off Joe Roa (2-3) and moved to second on Aaron Rowand's sacrifice. Roa then walked Willie Harris and Konerko followed with a single to left, giving the White Sox the win.

Neal Cotts (4-3) got one out in the ninth to earn the victory for Chicago, which got 3 2-3 scoreless innings from its bullpen.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 6

BOSTON -- Orlando Cabrera homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting Boston to its second straight last at-bat victory against Baltimore.

Cabrera lined a 2-2 pitch from Rick Bauer (1-1) over the Green Monster. The Red Sox, the AL wild-card leaders, moved within 3 1/2 games of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Curtis Leskanic (3-5) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the inning for the win.

David Ortiz gave Boston a 6-5 lead with homer in the seventh inning, but Rafael Palmeiro belted a pinch-hit homer leading off the ninth against Boston closer Keith Foulke.

Palmeiro has 549 homers, putting him in 10th place on baseball's career list -- just ahead of Mike Schmidt.

Ortiz became the 10th player in Red Sox history to hit 40 homers.



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