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Angels take over lead in AL West

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and Anaheim eliminated surprising Texas from the playoff chase with an 8-7 victory Wednesday.

Glaus connected off Francisco Cordero, who hadn't given up a homer in his first 65 appearances this season. Darin Erstad reached on a one-out single and scored on Glaus' homer to center, his 18th of the season.

Anaheim (90-68) moved back into sole possession of first place for the first time since June 8 by winning the first two games in Texas. The Angels began the day tied with Oakland, which lost to Seattle.

Texas (86-72) lost its fourth straight game, and fifth of six since sweeping three games from the Athletics last week.

Mariners 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ichiro Suzuki got one hit and plenty of help in knocking Oakland out of first place.

Suzuki's fifth-inning single gave him 255 hits, two shy of George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Athletics into second place in the AL West for the first time since Aug. 5.

The star leadoff hitter was booed when he stepped into the batter's box in the first inning, then walked on a full count. He struck out swinging in the third, then hit an infield single to shortstop in the fifth. He grounded out to second to start the eighth on a 13-pitch at-bat, then was plunked in the back by Justin Duchscherer in the ninth.

The Angels and A's play three games in Oakland this weekend to finish the season.

Indians 5, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals lost their club-record 101st game of the season.

Kansas City's fifth straight loss -- the sixth skid of at least five in a row -- dropped it to 57-101 after going 83-79 last year and entering this season as one of the favorites in the AL Central. The only other time the Royals lost 100 games in the franchise's 36 year history was in 2002.

Ben Broussard homered and Cliff Bartosh (1-0) earned his first major league victory with one inning of perfect relief for the Indians. Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Yankees 5, Twins 3

Yankees 5, Twins 4

NEW YORK (AP) -- With a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees moved to the verge of clinching their seventh straight AL East title.

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rallied the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the AL Central champions in the opener. Jon Lieber then won his fifth consecutive victory in the second game, with New York beating the Twins 5-4 behind Hideki Matsui's second homer of the day and 30th of the season, a three-run drive in the first.

Mariano Rivera saved both games, raising his total to a career-high 53.

Devil Rays 9, Red Sox 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays damaged Boston's slim chances of winning the AL East, beating Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox.

Martinez (16-9) has lost four straight starts for the first time with the Red Sox.

Tino Martinez added a three-run homer in the eighth off Alan Embree for Tampa Bay, which won for just the fifth time in 19 games.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 6

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0

BALTIMORE -- Rick Bauer pitched six innings of three-hit ball to help Baltimore complete a doubleheader sweep of Toronto.

In the opener, Rafael Palmeiro hit two homers and watched Miguel Tejada break his single-season club record for RBIs in a 7-6 win.

The second game featured a pitching duel between Bauer, making his first start since August 2002, and rookie Gustavo Chacin, working in his second major league game after beating the New York Yankees on Sept 20.

Doubles by Javy Lopez and Jay Gibbons gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, and Baltimore pulled away with a three-run eighth against reliever Justin Miller.

White Sox 11, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Freddy Garcia pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Chicago.

Ross Gload hit a two-run homer and Joe Borchard and Juan Uribe added solo home runs for the White Sox, who need to win one of their final four games at Kansas City to avoid their first losing season since 1999.

The Tigers beat the White Sox in 11 of 19 games, winning the season series for the first time since 1997.



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