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Angels catch A's in AL West

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

 

  Oakland Athletics' starting pitcher Tim Hudson reacts on the mound after giving up a two run homer to the Seattle Mariners' Bret Boone during the sixth inning of their game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday Sept. 28, 2004. The Mariners won the game 7-2 and Hudson took the loss. The A's are now tied with Anaheim after the Angels won in Texas. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Oakland Athletics' starting pitcher Tim Hudson reacts on the mound after giving up a two run homer to the Seattle Mariners' Bret Boone during the sixth inning of their game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday Sept. 28, 2004. The Mariners won the game 7-2 and Hudson took the loss. The A's are now tied with Anaheim after the Angels won in Texas.

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

ARLINGTON, Texas Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4-for-5 and the Anaheim Angels tied Oakland for the AL West lead with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Angels (89-68) never trailed in their fourth straight win after Guerrero's two-out solo homer in the first. It was 8-0 after his 36th homer, a three-run shot in the sixth.

The Athletics (89-68) lost to Seattle 7-2. The Rangers (86-71) dropped to three games back with five left.

Kelvim Escobar (11-12) allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings to win for the first time in four starts against Texas this season.

Chan Ho Park (3-7) gave up four runs on six hits over 4 2-3 innings. He walked four.

Mariners 7, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to move within three of tying the single-season record, and Oakland fell into a first-place tie with Anaheim in the AL West.

Oakland dropped out of sole possession of first place for the first time in 54 days, since the team was a half-game behind Texas on Aug. 5.

Suzuki led off the game with a double to right-center, then singled to start the fifth. He finished 2-for-5 and needs four hits in Seattle's final five games to break George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season.

Bret Boone hit a two-run homer off Tim Hudson (12-6) and Jeremy Reed had a double among his three hits and also drove in a run.

Gil Meche (7-6) won his third straight decision to beat the A's for the first time in nine career starts. Greg Dobbs added two hits and two RBIs for Seattle (61-96), trying to avoid the club's first 100-loss season since 1983.

Red Sox 10, Devil Rays 8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Boston crept closer to the New York Yankees in the AL East, beating Tampa Bay on Kevin Millar's two-out, two-run homer in the 11th inning.

Boston, which clinched a playoff spot Monday night, moved within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees in the division. New York was rained out and will make up its scheduled game with Minnesota as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.

The Red Sox matched their win total for last season and have won 95 in consecutive seasons for just the third time in franchise history.

Boston also climbed 33 games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 1986.

David Ortiz doubled off Danys Baez (4-4) with two outs in the 11th. Millar followed with his 18th homer on a 1-1 pitch.

Ramiro Mendoza (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Keith Foulke got three outs for his 31st save.

Tigers 6, White Sox 4

DETROIT Eric Munson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead Detroit.

Bobby Higginson reached base in all five plate appearances with a homer, double and three walks, and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe hit one-out singles off Neal Cotts (4-4). Munson followed by lining a three-run shot just inside the right-field foul pole.

Franklyn German (1-0) got the win in relief with two perfect innings, and Esteban Yan pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the third with a tight right hamstring. The injury occurred when he was running out a single.

Paul Konerko hit his 41st homer, placing him in a tie for fourth on Chicago's single-season list.

Indians 5, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ryan Ludwick, Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered to help Cleveland hand Kansas City its 100th loss of the season.

The 100 losses by the Royals, picked by many as the preseason favorite in the AL Central, ties the team record set in 2002.

The only other AL team with a chance at 100 losses is Seattle, which started the night with 96.

Cliff Lee (13-8) gave up a double to Angel Berroa with one out in the first and then retired 16 in a row until David DeJesus reached on an infield single with two out in the sixth. The left-hander went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and three hits. He walked just one and struck out six.

Darrell May (9-19) gave up all three homers and took over the team-record with 38 allowed this season. He leads the majors in losses.



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