Johan Santana won his eighth straight decision, Jacque Jones and Augie Ojeda homered and the Minnesota Twins ended the Angels' nine-game winning streak, 7-1, yesterday in Anaheim.
Santana allowed one run and four hits in seven innings and struck out six, raising his league-leading total to 213. He is 8-0 with a 1.68 ERA in nine starts since the all-star break and has won 13 of his last 15 decisions.
Santana (15-6) already has one more victory than any Twins pitcher had last season and is trying to become the first Minnesota left-hander to win more than 15 games since John Smiley went 16-9 in 1992.
"To be honest, I was just looking to stay healthy throughout the season. That's all that was on my mind," Santana said.
* YANKEES 18, BLUE JAYS 6: Tony Clark homered three times, Ruben Sierra hit his 300th career homer, and Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez also connected to lead visiting New York over Toronto.
The Yankees, who overcame a 4-0 deficit for the second time in the series, had nine runs and 10 hits in the ninth inning to help match their highest scoring output of the season. But Sheffield hobbled off the field, appearing to hurt his left leg while landing on third base.
* RED SOX 5, TIGERS 1: Pedro Martinez struck out eight to move into the top 20 on baseball's career list, and Boston beat Detroit at Fenway Park to stretch its winning streak to five.
Bill Mueller had three hits and scored twice for the Red Sox, who have won 17 of their last 21 and are 19-8 since trading Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs on July 31.
* MARINERS 9-5, ROYALS 7-3: Randy Winn hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning as Seattle completed the doubleheader sweep at home.
Ichiro Suzuki led off the 12th with an infield single -- his 50th hit in August, which gave him three months this season with at least 50 hits. Winn followed with his game-winning shot off Matt Kinney (0-1).
In the opener, Bucky Jacobsen drove in three runs with a home run and a double.
* ATHLETICS 5, DEVIL RAYS 4: Eric Chavez homered for the third straight game, and Tim Hudson (10-4) won his third consecutive start for host Oakland. The A's sixth straight victory extended their AL West lead to two games over Anaheim.
* WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 3: Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to lead Chicago in Cleveland. Jose Contreras (12-6) waited out a 2-hour 46-minute rain delay at the start and improved to 4-1 in six starts since being acquired from the Yankees on July 31.