Yankees clinch tie in AL East

Continued dismal play of Boston puts Bombers on verge of playoffs

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2001

BOSTON -- Tony Batista had his fifth straight multihit game and the Baltimore Orioles beat Boston 5-1 Monday night, assuring the New York Yankees at least a tie for the AL East title.

The Yankees, who were idle Monday night, are 89-60. With 14 games left, the Red Sox can win no more than 89.

New York can clinch the division championship Tuesday night with a win at home over Tampa Bay or a Boston loss to Baltimore.

Batista scored twice and Chris Richard added three hits and two RBIs as the Orioles sent Boston to its 17th loss in 21 games.

Calvin Maduro (4-6) allowed one run on four hits in six innings for the win.

Mariners 9, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jamie Moyer won his 10th straight decision and John Olerud hit a tiebreaking two-run double as AL West champion Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak.

Olerud's double off Doug Davis (10-9) with two outs in the third broke a 1-1 tie, and gave the Mariners their first lead in 36 innings -- since the second inning of their loss to Anaheim on Thursday that started their longest losing streak of the season.

Moyer (19-5) pitched five innings, allowing two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts, to join 12 other active pitchers with 150 victories. He is unbeaten in his 13 starts since losing to San Francisco on July 13.

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

CLEVELAND -- Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning off Danys Baez (5-2) to lift Toronto past Cleveland in the first meeting of the season between the teams.

Under baseball's new unbalanced schedule and with one week of the season postponed by the terrorist attacks, the former division rivals didn't play until Toronto's 150th game and the 151st for Cleveland.

Bob File (4-3) pitched one inning for the win, leaving after allowing a leadoff homer to Jolbert Cabrera in the 11th. Scott Eyre got three outs for his first save.

Tigers 4, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Steve Sparks stopped Kansas City for eight innings and Detroit snapped a nine-game losing streak at Kauffman Stadium.

Sparks (12-9) set a career high for victories. The knuckleballer gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out five. Matt Anderson worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save. His streak of converting 20 straight save chances is the longest active string in the majors.

The Tigers scored three unearned runs in the third inning off Jeff Suppan (9-13) after second baseman Carlos Febles' throwing error.

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