With an epic defeat, the New York Yankees' hold on first place in the AL East became increasingly tenuous.
Omar Vizquel got six hits to tie the American League record for a nine-inning game, and the Cleveland Indians routed host New York, 22-0, last night in the largest loss in the 101-year history of the Yankees.
Cleveland matched the largest shutout win in the major leagues since 1900, set by Pittsburgh against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 16, 1975.
"It's obviously embarrassing," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said in words repeated by several teammates.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watched his team fall in record fashion, then refused to answer questions as he left the ballpark.
New York's AL East lead, which stood at 101/2 games on the morning of Aug. 16, was cut to 31/2 games by Boston, which beat Anaheim, 10-7, for its 19th win in 23 games.
"Sure, we're aware of where they are and what they're doing, but you can't lose perspective," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "It really wasn't much fun watching anything, our scoreboard or theirs."
Javier Vazquez (13-8) was knocked out in the second inning, Cleveland took a 15-0 lead in the fifth and Jody Gerut and Victor Martinez hit three-run homers off Esteban Loaiza in the ninth.
New York had never lost by more than 18 runs, falling 24-6 at Cleveland on July 29, 1928, and 19-1 at home against Detroit on June 17, 1925.
* RED SOX 10, ANGELS 7: Manny Ramirez homered twice, and Curt Schilling moved into a tie for the major league lead with 17 wins for host Boston.
The Red Sox won their season-high seventh straight to take a 21/2-game lead over the Angels in the wild-card race.
The ovation Schilling (17-6) received on his way off the field in the eighth inning was the only thing the crowd liked better than the highlights from the Indians' 22-0 bashing of the Yankees.
"It's one of those days you pray that you show up and do your job, because it's such an awesome thing to be out there in front of those people," he said. "It was enough to give me chills."
* ATHLETICS 7, WHITE SOX 2: Rich Harden pitched seven solid innings to help visiting Oakland win its eighth straight.
Adam Melhuse went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Mark Kotsay also had three hits for the A's, who matched their longest winning streak of the season.
Harden (9-5) won his sixth straight decision and has not lost since June 21, a span of 13 starts.
* MARINERS 7, BLUE JAYS 5: In Toronto, Ichiro Suzuki got three hits to finish with 56 in August, the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years.
The last player to get so many hits in a month was Cleveland's George Weatherly, in July 1936.
Suzuki, chasing George Sisler's major league record for hits in a season, finished 3 for 5 and has 212. Sisler had 257 hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
* TWINS 8, RANGERS 5: Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Minnesota at home.
Hunter drove in a career-high six runs, and Justin Morneau also homered and had two RBI for the Twins, who maintained their seven-game lead in the AL Central.