Corey Koskie hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins overcame a two-run deficit to take a 4-2 win yesterday over host Cleveland, preventing the Indians from pulling within a percentage point of the AL Central lead.
After Lew Ford was hit by a pitch, Koskie hit a 1-2 pitch from Rick White (4-5) to right-center for his 17th homer.
Joe Nathan pitched the 10th for his 34th save in 35 chances. He has not allowed a run in 27 appearances.
Minnesota, which had lost eight of 10, boosted its lead to two games over the second-place Indians, who had won 10 of 11.
Minnesota's Terry Mulholland allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, the longest outing for the 41-year-old left-hander since 2000.
"We're happy to leave here in first place," Mulholland said. "There are a lot of games left, and I think both these teams are going to be playing some fun baseball."
* WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 4: Mark Buehrle overcame a wild start, Carlos Lee had a home run and three RBI, and visiting Chicago beat Boston.
Boston loaded the bases in the ninth for the second straight inning, and Jason Varitek hit a two-run single off Shingo Takatsu that left runners at first and third with two outs. Orlando Cabrera, who had three hits, then hit a game-ending comebacker to Takatsu, who got his 12th save in 13 chances.
Buehrle had four walks in the first two innings but led 2-0 before allowing two runs in the sixth.
"I thought there were a couple of calls that could have gone my way," said Buehrle (11-6). " I walked three in the first inning, but they didn't score and that's what counts."
* RANGERS 6, DEVIL RAYS 2: In Arlington, Tex., Laynce Nix homered and drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and Texas beat slumping Tampa Bay to sweep the three-game series.
Mark Teixeira also hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, and Ryan Drese pitched 71/3 solid innings to win his third straight start and tie a career high with his 10th win. Drese (10-6) gave up two runs and seven hits before being relieved by Ron Mahay in the eighth.
* ANGELS 3, TIGERS 2: Darin Erstad doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, lifting Anaheim to victory at home.
The win pulled the Angels within a percentage point of Boston and Texas in the AL wild-card race.
* MARINERS 7, YANKEES 3: Edgar Martinez hit a go-ahead single and Miguel Olivo had two hits and two RBI in a six-run seventh inning as host Seattle halted New York's four-game winning steak.
* ROYALS 6, ATHLETICS 1: Joe Randa hit a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to spoil a strong start by Barry Zito and lead Kansas City over visiting Oakland.