After playing 27 innings in 27 hours, the Oakland Athletics were just glad to be going home. Going home with two victories was a bonus.
Mark Kotsay and Scott Hatteberg each drove in two runs, and Rich Harden gave the Oakland bullpen a rest in the visiting Athletics' 8-2 victory yesterday over the Minnesota Twins.
A day after each team used seven pitchers in Oakland's 18-inning victory, starters Harden and Kyle Lohse each pitched into the seventh. The A's took three of four from Minnesota in a matchup of AL division leaders and completed a 7-4 road trip that included series against the Rangers and Yankees.
"If I told you I wasn't sore and wasn't feeling it, I'd be lying," said Kotsay. "But you have to be professional about it. We know what we have to do to get ourselves ready to play."
The game also marked the debut of Oakland reliever Jairo Garcia, who began the season in Class A and worked his way up to the big leagues in time to pitch two scoreless innings, further sparing the Athletics' worn-out bullpen.
"For a guy who woke up at 3 a.m., got on a plane and flew out here today, he gave us a couple of innings we desperately needed," Manager Ken Macha said.
* DEVIL RAYS 8, RED SOX 3: Aubrey Huff hit one of Tampa Bay's four homers and the Devil Rays handed Curt Schilling his first home loss this season, snapping a nine-game road losing streak.
Schilling, 7-0 in 11 previous starts at Fenway Park, allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Toby Hall hit a two-run homer, and Tino Martinez and Julio Lugo each added a solo shot for Tampa Bay.
* BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4: Gabe Gross connected off Esteban Loaiza for his first major league home run, Josh Towers took a shutout into the seventh inning and Toronto won in New York in John Gibbons's first game as manager to stop a five-game losing streak.
A day after Toronto fired Carlos Tosca and replaced him with Gibbons for the rest of the season, the last-place Blue Jays (48-64) built a 5-0 lead in winning the finale of the four-game series. They kept Loaiza winless in two starts since the Yankees acquired him from the Chicago White Sox.
* INDIANS 13, WHITE SOX 11: In Chicago, Ben Broussard hit his second career grand slam and Omar Vizquel, Travis Hafner and Casey Blake added solo home runs for Cleveland, which moved a game ahead of the White Sox for second place in the AL Central.
Jose Valentin homered twice for the White Sox, who trailed 8-0 in the sixth inning before scoring seven runs in the sixth. But Chicago could not catch up.
* ANGELS 5, ROYALS 3: Second baseman Ruben Gotay's throwing error allowed the go-ahead runs to score as Anaheim rallied in the ninth inning to complete its first four-game sweep in Kansas City, which extended its winning streak to five.
In Philadelphia, Vinny Castilla hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to lead Colorado, 4-2.
The Phillies fell six games behind NL East-leading Atlanta in their first home game since starting a 13-game road trip just a half-game back of the Braves.
Luis Gonzalez led off the eighth with a tying homer against Todd Jones (8-3), pitching for the first time in Philadelphia since coming to the Phillies in a trade on July 30. Aaron Miles singled with one out and Todd Helton was hit by a pitch one batter later. Castilla then lined a shot off the left field wall, scoring both runners.