The Oakland Athletics took advantage of two errors to break an eighth-inning tie and beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 3-2, yesterday for their fifth win in six games.
"It would be nice to get some runs in a game," joked winner Tim Hudson, who is 13-1 in his last 19 day games dating from last June.
Hudson (5-1) has left games with the lead twice this season, only to see his bullpen fail to hold it. In 24 no-decisions over the past three years, he's left with the lead 14 times.
Thanks to third baseman Eric Munson's misplay in the eighth, that didn't happen.
Erubiel Durazo reached on a fielding error by first baseman Carlos Pena, went to second on Damian Miller's sacrifice, advanced to third on Mark McLemore's groundout and scored when Munson dived to stop pinch hitter Billy McMillon's sharp grounder but threw the ball wide of first.
Hudson allowed two runs and 10 hits over eight innings. Arthur Rhodes finished for his eighth save.
* DEVIL RAYS 9, RED SOX 6: Jose Cruz Jr. had a two-run double and Rocco Baldelli drove in two runs with a single during a six-run third for Tampa Bay, which nearly blew a seven-run lead at home.
It was just the second win in the past 14 games for the Devil Rays, who had lost five straight.
Victor Zambrano took a 7-0 advantage into the fifth inning, but was pulled with two outs and the Devil Rays up 7-4. Johnny Damon then made it 7-6 when he hit a two-run double off John Halama.
Zambrano walked nine batters to set a club record. Loser Derek Lowe lasted 21/3 innings, giving up seven runs and eight hits. He gave up hits to his final seven batters.
* RANGERS 6, ROYALS 3: Rod Barajas had a three-run double and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer in a five-run second inning as host Texas snapped a three-game skid.
Barajas entered the game in the second inning in place of rookie catcher Gerald Laird, who tore a ligament in his left thumb on a tag play in the first inning.
Kenny Rogers (6-2) allowed three runs over 62/3 innings and Francisco Cordero got his 13th save.
* WHITE SOX 10, TWINS 3: Frank Thomas had a season-high four hits, including a three-run homer, and Esteban Loaiza snapped a three-start losing streak to lead Chicago in the opener of a four-game series in Minneapolis between the Central division rivals.
Paul Konerko added two solo homers for the White Sox.
* YANKEES 6, ANGELS 2: Mike Mussina pitched effectively and New York got home runs from Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter to win in Anaheim, Calif.
Mussina (5-4) won his fourth consecutive start, holding the Angels to one run and seven hits in 72/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.
Matsui hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Bartolo Colon (4-3). Jeter had a solo shot in the third to help the Yankees move a half-game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.