The Cleveland Indians pulled within one game of the AL Central lead, scoring four runs in the first inning at home to beat division leader Minnesota, 7-1, last night.

The Indians have won six straight and 10 of 11, gaining seven games on the Twins in 10 days. Minnesota, which has lost eight of 10, had a season-high six-game lead over the Indians and Chicago White Sox after last Sunday's games.

"We are their whipping boy right now and we don't like that," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said.

* ATHLETICS 6, ROYALS 1: Mark Kotsay preserved a tie with a highlight-reel catch in center field, then immediately broke it with a home run.

It was hard to determine which play was bigger for host Oakland.

"The catch definitely," Kotsay said. "That saved a run and took some momentum from their club."

Kotsay had plenty of help as the A's snapped a three-game losing streak. Damian Miller went 3 for 3, and Rich Harden (7-5) won his fourth straight decision for first-place Oakland.

Harden got Oakland back on the winning track after it lost games started by aces Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder the past two days. Harden is unbeaten in seven starts since the all-star break.

* YANKEES 6, MARINERS 4: In Seattle, John Olerud hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth against his former team, and New York overcame another mediocre start by Esteban Loaiza.

Olerud, who batted .245 with 22 RBI in 78 games for Seattle, is hitting .333 (11 for 33) with 11 RBI in nine games with the Yankees.

"He's such a professional," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "I'm sure he was just happy to get a big hit for us, it wasn't about who it was against."

Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams homered for the Yankees (75-41), who are a season-high 34 games over .500.

Loaiza wasted a three-run lead and fell behind 4-3. Loaiza, acquired from the White Sox for Jose Contreras on July 31, is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts with the Yankees.

Contreras is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA since the deal.

* RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 3: David Ortiz's second homer of the game broke an eighth-inning tie, and Curt Schilling got his first home win in seven weeks.

Manny Ramirez hit his 30th homer and is tied with Ortiz for the AL lead.

Schilling (14-6) gave up consecutive first-inning homers to Timo Perez and Carlos Lee but improved to 8-1 at Fenway Park, allowing three runs and five hits in eight innings. He had been 0-1 in three home starts since beating Philadelphia on June 27.

Boston improved to 8-16 in one-run games, the worst record in the AL.

* RANGERS 6, DEVIL RAYS 5: Kevin Mench hit a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, and Gary Matthews Jr. added a solo shot to lead host Texas.

* ANGELS 11, TIGERS 8: Chone Figgins hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth and drove in four runs in Anaheim.

Manager Mike Scioscia revamped the lineup in an attempt to squeeze more runs out of his stagnant offense, and the Angels responded with 17 hits.