Rafael Palmeiro set a team record with his 39th RBI of the month, and the Texas Rangers sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their ninth straight home loss, 4-2, yesterday.
The AL West-leading Rangers swept the three-game series and won their fourth straight overall. Texas (79-52) moved 27 games over .500 for the first time in club history.
"We're trying to build momentum, and we're trying to get better and we're trying to figure out how to be on full speed when we enter the playoffs," Palmeiro said.
Texas scored three runs in the fourth inning on Palmeiro's run-scoring single and Todd Zeile's two-run homer, his 18th. Palmeiro broke the Rangers record of 38 RBI in a month, set by Juan Gonzalez in July 1996.
YANKEES 11, MARINERS 5: Ricky Ledee hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the fifth inning and Seattle lost its eighth straight game to New York at Yankee Stadium.
Andy Pettitte (12-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings to win for the fifth time in six starts since the July 31 trading deadline. Pettitte has a 1.76 ERA in that span.
Ledee hit a long drive to right-center and as Ken Griffey Jr. leaped into the wall, the ball bounced just to the right of his glove and rolled back toward center field. Jay Buhner picked up the ball as Ledee was hitting third, and he slid home safely well ahead of David Bell's relay.
Ledee, who finished 3 for 3 with three RBI, became the first Yankee to hit an inside-the-park homer at Yankee Stadium since Deion Sanders on July 17, 1990, against Kansas City.
RED SOX 7, ANGELS 4: Pat Rapp posted another impressive pitching performance, and Trot Nixon had three hits and scored three runs as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Anaheim at Fenway Park. Boston won for the fifth time in six games and made its record 9-1 against the Angels this season. Rapp (6-5), who allowed one run and six hits in six innings, is 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts since being reinserted into the rotation July 28.
DEVIL RAYS 6, INDIANS 4: Roberto Hernandez retired Harold Baines and Jim Thome with the bases loaded to end the game as visiting Tampa Bay stopped Cleveland from its 19th last at-bat win of the season. Wilson Alvarez earned his fifth straight win, and Fred McGriff hit his 29th home run. Cleveland's Manny Ramirez drove in two runs, giving him 133 RBI, most in the majors.
WHITE SOX 7, ATHLETICS 2: Carlos Lee drove in four runs and James Baldwin won his fifth straight decision as Chicago finally solved Kevin Appier and beat visiting Oakland. The loss knocked Oakland one game behind Boston in the AL wild-card race.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 2: Corey Koskie homered and drove in four runs as host Minnesota posted its fourth straight win and sixth straight against Kansas City, which has lost eight of 10.