Mariners tie AL record for victories

Posted: Friday, October 05, 2001

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners tied the American League record of 114 wins set by the 1998 New York Yankees, routing the Texas Rangers 16-1 Thursday night as Tom Lampkin hit a pair of two-run doubles.

Ichiro Suzuki, who leads the AL with a .351 average, went 1-for-4 to raise his hits total to 240, matching Wade Boggs (1985) for the most hits in the AL since Heinie Manush had 241 for the 1928 for St. Louis Browns.

The AL West champs (114-45), who matched their season high for runs, have three regular-season games left and can break the major league record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs (116-36).

Seattle, which opens the playoffs Tuesday against Cleveland, has won eight of nine since its first four-game losing streak of the season.

Former-Mariner Alex Rodriguez hit his 52nd homer, connecting in the third inning off Brett Tomko (3-1). Rodriguez became the fourth player with 50 homers and 200 hits in the same season, joining Babe Ruth (1921), Hack Wilson (1930) and Jimmie Foxx (1932).

Athletics 5, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Mulder (21-8), scheduled to face Roger Clemens in Oakland's playoff opener next week. allowed one hit in seven shutout innings -- a fourth-inning double by David Eckstein -- to become the AL's first 21-game winner.

Ismael Valdes (9-13) lost for the seventh time in eight decisions, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in six innings.

Oakland improved to 99-60 as Anaheim lost for the 16th time in 18 games.

Devil Rays 4, Yankees 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Nick Bierbrodt (3-4) allowed one run and two hits in six innings, and Steve Cox, Aubrey Huff and Toby Hall homered for Tampa Bay (60-99), trying to avoid becoming the first AL team to lose 100 games since the Detroit Tigers (59-103) in 1996.

When Cleveland lost, it ensured New York will open the playoffs at home Wednesday against Oakland. Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Cal Ripken began his final series by ending the longest slump of his 21-year career, snapping an 0-for-33 skid with a five-inning single off the glove of third baseman Shea Hillenbrand.

Ripken's previous longest drought was 0-for-29 in April 1988.

Chris Stynes hit a three-run homer in the seventh to back Hideo Nomo (13-10), who improved to 3-0 against Baltimore this season. John Wasdin (1-1) was the loser.

Royals 8, Indians 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bartolo Colon (14-12), Cleveland's starter in Tuesday's playoffs opener, gave up six runs, four hits and four walks in 1 1-3 innings. Chad Durbin (9-16) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven-plus innings.

Twins 5, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Denny Hocking hit a tiebreaking, two-out double off Matt Anderson (3-1) as Minnesota rallied for two runs in the ninth and improved to 15-4 against Detroit this year. Anderson had converted 22 straight saves since blowing his first chance of the year on April 17 against Chicago.

Hector Carrasco (4-3) pitched one inning, and Eddie Guardado got three outs for his ninth save.

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