Boston Red Sox Ellis Burks waves to the fans between innings against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park after it was annouced that this was his last regular season game in Boston Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
BOSTON Curt Schilling (21-6), who leads in the major leagues in wins. allowed one hit in seven innings as Boston battered Kevin Brown (10-5) in his return from a broken left hand.
Boston's Pedro Astacio and New York's Brad Halsey were ejected in the eighth inning for throwing inside to batters. Yankees manager Joe Torre also was ejected.
After losing Friday's opener, Boston won the final two games and took the season series (11-8) for the first time since 1999. The Red Sox (93-62), who began the day six games ahead of Anaheim in the wild-card race, closed within 3 1/2 games of first-place New York (97-59) in the AL East.
Boston scored four runs in the first inning off Brown, who got just two outs in his first appearance since breaking his non-pitching hand when he punched a clubhouse wall in frustration. The Red Sox made it 7-0 in the second against Esteban Loaiza, who allowed seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Angels 6, Athletics 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. Troy Glaus drove in three runs to back John Lackey, and the Anaheim Angels beat Oakland 6-2 Sunday to pull within one game of the AL West-leading Athletics with a week to play.
Oakland (88-67), which has had sole possession of the first place since Aug. 6, dropped to 10-14 in September. After taking two of three from the A's, Anaheim (87-68) goes to Texas for a four-game series starting Monday before closing with three games at Oakland. The A's, who hold a two-game lead over the Rangers (86-69), host Seattle for four games starting Monday.
Lackey (14-12) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings, evening the season series at eight apiece. Mark Mulder (17-7) gave up four runs three earned and six hits in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing this season.
Before the game, the Angels suspended left fielder Jose Guillen for the rest of the season for an outburst after being lifted for a pinch runner a day earlier.
Mariners 9, Rangers 0
ARLINGTON, Texas Ichiro Suzuki moved within six of George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season, and the Seattle Mariners beat Texas 9-0 Sunday to damage the Rangers' playoff hopes.
Cha Seung Baek (2-4) allowed just three hits in eight innings, and Scott Atchison pitched the ninth to complete the three-hitter.
Umpire Ed Montague was in good condition at a hospital after leaving Sunday's game because of high blood pressure.
Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin said Montague was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital for observation, and nursing supervisor Mary Lee Drozd confirmed the umpire's condition Sunday night.
The temperature for the day game was in the mid-80s.
Twins 6, Indians 2
CLEVELAND Omar Vizquel got a warm sendoff in possibly his final home game for Cleveland. Vizquel, the Indians' wildly popular shortstop, went 1-for-4 in the team's home finale.
Carlos Silva (14-8) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings, improving to 4-0 in his last eight starts. The AL central champion reached 90 wins for the third straight season.
Orioles 5, Tigers 0
BALTIMORE Rodrigo Lopez (14-8) pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and Baltimore completed a 6-0 season sweep.
White Sox 5, Royals 1
CHICAGO Jon Garland (11-11) gave up one run and five hits in 8 1-3 innings, and Damaso Marte finished for his sixth save.
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