Jason Giambi hit three doubles and drove in two runs and Tony Phillips hit a two-run homer before breaking his leg as the visiting Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-5, yesterday to sweep the three-game series.
Oakland improved to 6-0 against Toronto and moved a half-game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL wild-card race. The win combined with Boston's 4-3 loss to Seattle, moved Oakland within a game of the Red Sox. The A's now head to Boston for four games.
Giambi, who went 3 for 4, had RBI doubles in the first and sixth, and his double in the eighth led to another run. Ben Grieve contributed his 20th homer, a solo shot in the second, and an RBI double in the fifth.
MARINERS 4, RED SOX 3: Alex Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game and scored three times, leading rookie Gil Meche and Seattle in Boston. Rodriguez's 31st homer, in the sixth inning off Mark Portugal, broke a 2-2 tie. The solo shot helped the Mariners salvage the finale of a three-game series. Boston lost for the second time in nine games.
ANGELS 10, TIGERS 2: Chuck Finley became the first pitcher to strike out four batters in an inning twice in a career and Anaheim hit four home runs in Detroit. Troy Glaus, Todd Greene, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon homered for the Angels.
Finley (7-10) struck out a season-high 12 en route to his second straight win. He allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander, who fanned four in the first inning, said: "You take 'em any way you can get 'em. It's kind of hard to explain it to somebody that hasn't watched it before. You tell 'em you struck out four in one inning they go, `I thought there were only three outs in one inning.' Well there is, but sometimes you have to get another one."
RANGERS 10, WHITE SOX 0: In Chicago, Ivan Rodriguez and Rusty Greer each homered twice as Texas ended a four-game losing streak. Greer led off the third with a home run and then hit another, his 13th, in the eighth after Rodriguez's first shot.
TWINS 5, YANKEES 3: Brad Radke (9-11) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings, recording 13 straight outs at one point, and Marty Cordova had three RBI to lead Minnesota in New York. Cordova had an RBI groundout in the first inning and a two-run double in the seventh to help Minnesota. Terry Steinbach added two RBI.
Hideki Irabu (9-4) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had won eight straight decisions since May 25.
DEVIL RAYS 5, ROYALS 3: Bubba Trammell hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning and Dave Eiland (3-7) allowed no hits through 4 2/3 innings as Tampa Bay won in Kansas City. Trammell hit a 2-0, two-out pitch from Mac Suzuki (0-3) just inside the left field foul pole to snap a 3-3 tie and lift the Devil Rays to their seventh win in 11 games.