Tribe clinches tie for first

Cleveland pushes Twins to brink of elimination

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland clinched at least a tie for first place in the AL Central when Travis Fryman hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Indians to a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Fryman, who has played through pain in his right elbow all season, singled down the left-field line off LaTroy Hawkins as the Indians reduced their magic number to one.

They can clinch their sixth division title in seven years outright with a win Sunday in their home season finale. The Indians will have to do it without manager Charlie Manuel, who remains hospitalized with an abdominal infection.

Russell Branyan homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs for Cleveland.

Orioles 7, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Jeff Conine's bases-loaded, two-out double highlighted a six-run second-inning and Baltimore beat New York.

The Orioles managed just two hits in the inning but took advantage of wildness by Orlando Hernandez (3-7) and rookie reliever Brandon Knight.

Hernandez walked four, forcing in a run before leaving with tightness in his right elbow. Hernandez joins a long list of injury concerns for the AL East champions as they prepare for the playoffs.

Calvin Maduro (5-6) retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced and got the win.

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Nick Bierbrodt (2-4) allowed one run over six innings as Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

Tampa Bay has won five of six, allowing just seven earned runs over the stretch. The Devil Rays (57-97) are trying to avoid becoming the first AL team to lose 100 games since the 1996 Detroit Tigers (53-109).

Tigers 7, Red Sox 2

DETROIT -- Steve Sparks (13-9) pitched his major league-leading seventh complete game and Randall Simon's two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth inning.

The Tigers have beaten the Red Sox four times in a row. Boston (76-77) has lost 21 of 26 to drop below .500 for the first time since beginning the year 1-2.

Sun Woo Kim (0-2) took the loss in the first start of his career.

White Sox 10, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royce Clayton drove in four runs and Mark Buehrle (15-8) improved to 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA this year against Kansas City.

Carlos Lee and Mark Johnson hit two-run homers and Johnson added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for the White Sox, who won for the seventh time in nine games.

Jeff Suppan (9-14) gave up four runs, nine hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings.

Angels 13, Rangers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus homered twice to increase his season total to 41 and drove in a career-high six runs as Anaheim stopped a seven-game losing streak.

Glaus, fueled a pair of five-run innings with a two-run drive in the first against Rick Helling (12-10) and a three-run homer in the seventh off Pat Mahomes. He also had an RBI double in the eighth.

Ramon Ortiz (13-10) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and eight hits in eight innings, improving to 5-1 against Texas this year.

Athletics 8, Mariners 4

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki set the major league rookie record for hits in a season before Miguel Tejada became the fourth player in Oakland's history to hit for the cycle.

Suzuki got his 234th hit for Seattle, a single off Erik Hiljus (5-0) in the fourth that broke the previous rookie mark, set by Shoeless Joe Jackson with Cleveland in 1911.

Tejada hit a grand slam in the seventh off Jose Paniagua after tripling in the first, singling in the third and doubling in the sixth.

Jamie Moyer (19-6) lost for the first time since July 13, allowing seven runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. Edgar Martinez had four RBIs.

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