Ichiro Suzuki went 5 for 5 to pull within 14 hits of George Sisler's major league season record of 257, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels, 7-3, last night in Anaheim, Calif.
Anaheim remained 21/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West and dropped 51/2 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.
Suzuki singled every time up for his fourth five-hit game of the season and his major league career, and raised his batting average to .372, taking over the major league lead from San Francisco's Barry Bonds (.369). Suzuki has 11 games left to break the record Sisler set in 154 games with the 1920 St. Louis Browns.
Jamie Moyer (7-12) allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. He had been 0-10 since winning at Pittsburgh on June 18.
Aaron Sele (9-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 21/3 innings -- the third time in four starts that he failed to reach the fifth. The right-hander is 2-4 in his last eight starts with a 6.75 ERA, after becoming the first pitcher in club history to start a season 7-0.
All-Star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero was back in the Angels lineup, one night after getting beaned on the left side of the head by a pitch from Seattle's Ryan Franklin. Guerrero, who was 1 for 4, hit his second triple of the season and scored on a groundout by Garret Anderson, trimming Seattle's lead to 5-3 in the third.
* YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: In New York, Jason Giambi homered to end the longest slump of his career and Esteban Loaiza finally earned his 100th career victory.
Gary Sheffield hit his 36th home run two days after getting a pair of cortisone shots. Alex Rodriguez almost homered for the Yankees, too, but was robbed on a spectacular catch by center fielder Vernon Wells.
Mariano Rivera matched his career high with his 50th save as the AL East leaders stopped Toronto's three-game winning string.
Giambi had been 0 for 32, with 11 of those at-bats coming since he returned from the disabled list after having a benign tumor diagnosed. Manager Joe Torre kept the former AL most valuable player on the bench the previous three games, but started him this time because he had good career numbers against Roy Halladay.
Loaiza (10-7) outpitched Halladay (7-8) after finishing runner-up to the Toronto ace last year in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Halladay came off the disabled list to make this start and left after four innings trailing 3-2 -- it was his first outing since July 16, when he went on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a tired right shoulder.
* RANGERS 9, ATHLETICS 4: Michael Young hit a grand slam, Mark Teixeira had a two-run double and host Texas beat all-star starter Mark Mulder for the second time in a week.
Texas pulled within four games of the Athletics with 12 to play.
* WHITE SOX 8, TWINS 6: Paul Konerko hit his 40th home run and Juan Uribe had his first career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot in the seventh that sent Chicago to the home victory. Ross Gload and Aaron Rowand also drove in runs for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game losing streak against the AL Central-champion Twins.
* INDIANS 8, TIGERS 7: Casey Blake's bloop single broke a ninth-inning tie and gave Cleveland the road victory. The Indians trailed 7-2 after five innings before rallying behind five RBI from Ben Broussard.
* DEVIL RAYS 7, ROYALS 4: Jorge Cantu hit a go-ahead, two-run double during a five-run eighth to help Tampa Bay top visiting Kansas City.