Mariners complete sweep of Angels

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bret Boone ran his RBI total to 135 with a two-run single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

The Mariners, who have swept a club-record 15 series this season, extended their AL record with their 57th road victory. The major league record of 60 by the 1906 Chicago Cubs is out of reach because Seattle has only two more road games.

Seattle trailed 4-1 before a five-run outburst in the fifth inning that included Boone's hit and a two-run double by Stan Javier. Carlos Guillen's run-scoring single capped the rally and chased Rob Bell (5-5).

Paul Abbott (16-4) worked five innings for the victory and is 14-2 his last 21 starts.

Yankees 5, Devil Rays 1

NEW YORK -- Ted Lilly took over for injured starter Andy Pettitte in the first inning and worked into the eighth, pitching the Yankees past the Devil Rays.

Pettitte, who threw only three pitches, was struck in the back of the left elbow by Ben Grieve's liner. X-rays on Pettitte were negative. The Yankees' top left-hander is expected to miss a start.

Shane Spencer homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Lilly (4-6) gave up seven hits, including a home run by Jose Guillen, and won for the first time since July 5. He struck out six and walked none.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 6

BOSTON -- Doug Mirabelli went 3-for-4 with a homer and Casey Fossum shut down Baltimore into the seventh inning.

A day after the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention, they got the solid pitching and timely hitting they've been missing all year. The Red Sox had 12 hits, six of them in a six-run third, to snap a four-game losing streak and win for just the fifth time in 23 games.

Fossum (3-1) allowed five runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four in 6 2-3 innings.

Rick Bauer (0-3) allowed six earned runs on eight hits and a walk for Baltimore.

White Sox 6, Twins 3

CHICAGO -- Ray Durham had a two-run double and drove in three runs, and Kip Wells pitched well for six innings -- aside from throwing four wild pitches.

Chris Singleton drove in two runs for the White Sox, who won for only the third time in 15 games against the Twins.

Wells (10-9), who was making his second start in a row after 15 straight relief appearances, went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks. He struck out three.

Rick Reed (4-4) allowed only one hit through four, but Chicago got within 3-2 in the fifth on Durham's two-run double over the head of center fielder Torii Hunter. Singleton hit a two-run single with two outs in the sixth to give Chicago the lead.

Royals 8, Tigers 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carlos Beltran hit his 20th home run and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of five errors to snap a five-game losing streak.

Blake Stein (6-8) overcame Randall Simon's first-inning grand slam to gain only his second victory since July 1. Stein left after five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven.

The Royals went ahead 5-4 in the second and knocked out Tigers starter Heath Murray (1-6), who gave up five runs on seven hits in just 1 1-3 innings.

Athletics 3, Angels 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito won his seventh consecutive start and Eric Byrnes, Mark Bellhorn and Ramon Hernandez hit solo home runs as Oakland won its sixth straight.

The A's won their 14th straight at home, extending a club record.

Zito (15-8) hasn't lost since Aug. 15 at Toronto and continues to dominate at home. He's 8-0 over his last 12 starts in Oakland with an ERA of 2.04. He allowed one run on four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and five walks.

Jarrod Washburn (11-9) was the tough-luck loser after allowing the three runs on four hits. The Angels lost their season-high fifth consecutive game.



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