Athletics on fire at home

Oakland takes 17-game home winning streak into American League playoffs

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking blast in the seventh, as the Oakland Athletics headed to the postseason with a 17-game home winning streak by beating the Texas Rangers 5-4 Wednesday.

Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada also homered -- giving them 31 apiece -- as the A's won for the 25th time in 29 games.

Cory Lidle (13-6) won his fifth straight start. He yielded six hits and four runs, but got a career-best eight strikeouts.

Over the last 29 games, Giambi is hitting .424 with 10 doubles, nine homers and 24 RBIs.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

Yankees 2, White Sox 1

NEW YORK -- Paul O'Neill hit a two-run homer that gave the Yankees a win over the White Sox.

O'Neill hadn't played since Sept. 7 because of a stress fracture in his left foot. He singled in his first at-bat before homering off Jon Garland (6-7) in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

That was enough for Mike Mussina (17-11), who allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win his fifth straight decision. Mussina is 5-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last six starts.

The AL East champion Yankees swept the three-game series from Chicago and all but clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Jose Canseco hit a solo homer for the White Sox, who have lost three straight after winning eight of 10.

Indians 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- C. C. Sabathia became the first Cleveland rookie with 16 wins since 1955, and Marty Cordova homered and tripled, leading the Indians over Kansas City.

The 21-year-old Sabathia (16-5) gave up just two hits in five shutout innings while beating the Royals for the fourth time in five starts. He walked two and struck out five. His ERA in 28 2-3 innings against the Royals is 1.57.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.

In his third major league start, Mike MacDougal (1-1), went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Tigers 9, Twins 5

DETROIT -- Deivi Cruz drove in three runs, and Eric Munson hit his first career homer to help Detroit defeat Minnesota.

The Tigers improved to just 4-14 against the Twins this year. They trailed 5-2 before getting three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

Rookie Nate Cornejo (4-4) won his 20th game of the season -- 12 in Double-A, four in Triple-A and four with the Tigers. He allowed five runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Red Sox 10, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Derek Lowe got his first win as a starter in four years and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

Lowe (5-10), Boston's former closer, allowed two runs and five hits in six-plus innings. His previous start was June 23, 1997.

Lowe had gone 16 innings -- over his three starts -- without allowing a run before giving up two run in the seventh.

Calvin Pickering and Shea Hillenbrand hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning for Boston, which won for just the seventh time in its past 30 games.

Lou Merloni went 4-for-5, including a two-run single that gave Boston an 8-3 lead in the eighth.

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6

BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken extended the worst slump of his career to 0-for-32 as Baltimore lost to Toronto.

Ripken went 0-for-3 with a walk. The slump has dropped his batting average from .261 to .243.

Ripken, who will retire after the season, has gone eight straight games without a hit for the first time since 1988.

Jose Cruz Jr. homered in a club-record fifth straight game and Felipe Lopez drove in four runs as the Blue Jays rallied.

Before the game, the Orioles acquired outfielder Tim Raines Sr. from Montreal. Raines entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and Tim Raines Jr. started, enabling the duo to join Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. as only the second father and son to play at the same time on the same major league team.

Raines Sr. went 1-for-2 with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly and Raines Jr. went 2-for-4 with a walk, scoring three runs and stealing a base in his second major league start.

Mariners 4, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bret Boone singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Seattle Mariners got its 113th win, one short of the American League record, by beating Anaheim.

Ichiro Suzuki had four hits for the Mariners (113-45), who rallied from a three-run deficit and then threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth.

Seattle needs one win in its four games to tie the AL mark set by the 1998 New York Yankees (114-48) and three to match the major league record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs (116-36).

Suzuki singled in the third, sixth and eighth innings, giving him the AL record for singles in a season with 190.

Al Levine (8-10) gave up an unearned run and two hits, including Boone's go-ahead single.

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