Seattle's chances hurting

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. John Lackey pitched a five-hitter and rookie Tom Gregorio had a two-run single as the Anaheim Angels beat Seattle 4-0 Wednesday, pushing the Mariners to the brink of postseason elimination.

Seattle's seventh loss in 11 games meant Boston clinched no worse than a tie for the AL wild-card berth.

Lackey (10-16) struck out four and walked two in his second career shutout. He had lost his previous three starts and five of six.

Gil Meche (15-13) pitched because Ryan Franklin had a stiff neck Wednesday morning and allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 3

BOSTON Boston would have clinched a wild-card berth with a win, Tony Batista hit a grand slam off John Burkett (11-9) in a seven-run first.

Pat Hentgen (7-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

For the Red Sox to miss the playoffs, they would have lose their final four games, and Seattle would have to sweep a three-game series against Oakland, then beat Boston in a tiebreaker playoff.

Burkett (11-9) allowed seven hits and seven runs six of them earned. He left after retiring just one batter, the shortest start of his 14 major league seasons.

Tigers 4, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Detroit (40-118) Tigers remained two losses short of the post-1900 major league, set by the 1962 New York Mets (40-120). Shane Loux (1-1) earned his first major league victory by allowing one run and three hits in five innings.

Detroit won consecutive games for the first time since taking three straight from Cleveland from Sept. 2-4. The Tigers were 2-0 under Larry Parrish, filling in as manager while Alan Trammell attended his mother's funeral.

Jimmy Gobble (4-5) gave up four runs in the first. Fernando Rodney got five outs for his third save.

White Sox 9, Yankees 4

CHICAGO Esteban Loaiza (20-9) became the fifth 20-game winner of the season, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings. He joined Toronto's Roy Halladay (21-7), Atlanta's Russ Ortiz (21-7), Seattle's Jamie Moyer (20-7) and the Yankees' Andy Pettitte (20-8).

Mike Mussina (17-8), bidding for his 200th win, gave up a season-high eight runs all in the sixth inning. He is likely to start the Yankees' postseason opener Tuesday.

Athletics 5, Rangers 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Jose Guillen, playing with a broken bone in his left hand, hit a two-run homer for the AL West champions and bunted home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

Tim Hudson (16-7), who is to start Game 1 of the playoffs, allowed two runs one earned and five hits in seven innings. Chad Harville pitched the ninth for his first major league save. Ron Mahay (3-2) was the loser.

Twins 3, Indians 2

MINNEAPOLIS Michael Cuddyer homered off Rafael Betancourt (2-2) in the eighth to break a 2-all tie for the AL Central champions, who won their 11th straight. It's the longest winning streak for the Twins since a 15-game spurt in 1991 the last year they won the World Series.

Lew Ford, one of 14 rookies who started in this game, homered and hit an RBI triple for Minnesota.

Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 3

TORONTO Kelvim Escobar (13-9) tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in what might have been his last start for Toronto. Escobar, eligible for free agency after this season, allowed two runs, eight hits and five walks in seven innings.

Josh Phelps hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth.

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