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BOX; INDIANS 6, TWINS 4

Ellis Burks and Jim Thome backed C.C. Sabathia with consecutive first-inning home runs Wednesday night, helping the Cleveland Indians recover from their worst defeat ever.

Thome hit his 300th career homer for Cleveland, a night after a 23-2 loss to the Twins tied the largest losing margin in team history.

Minnesota scored twice in the ninth on Bobby Kielty's homer off Bob Wickman and pinch-hitter David Ortiz's RBI single off Ricardo Rincon.

David Riske struck out Torii Hunter to earn his first save. Hunter was caught looking, ending an 11-pitch at-bat.

Eric Milton (7-5) lost his second in a row, despite tying a season high with seven strikeouts.

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CLEVELAND MINNESOTA

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; Lawton rf 5 0 0 0 CGzmn; ss 4 0 2 1

; Vizquel ss 4 1 3 0 Mntkw; 1b 3 0 0 0

; Burks dh 5 1 2 2 THnter; cf 5 0 1 0

; Thome 1b 3 1 2 2 Koskie; 3b 4 0 1 0

; Frymn 3b 5 0 0 0 Kielty; lf 4 1 2 1

; Mgrder lf 4 0 0 0 Mohr; rf 4 2 2 0

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; Brdley cf 4 1 1 0 Bchnan; dh 3 1 1 0

; EDiaz c 4 1 3 1 JJones; ph 1 0 0 0

; JMcDld 2b 3 1 1 1 Prince; c 3 0 0 1

; Przyns; ph 1 0 1 0

; Rivas; 2b 3 0 0 0

; DOrtiz; ph 1 0 1 1

; Hcking; pr 0 0 0 0

; Totals 37 6 12 6 Totals 36 4 11 4

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; Cleveland 202 100 010 -- 6

; Minnesota 000 020 002 -- 4

; DP--Cleveland 2, Minnesota 1. LOB--Cleveland 8, Minnesota 8. 2B--Vizquel (13), Bradley (4), EDiaz (11), CGuzman (5), Buchanan (4). 3B--JMcDonald (1). HR--Burks (10), Thome (18), Kielty (3). CS--Vizquel (7), EDiaz (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

; Cleveland

Sabathia W,5-4 7; 1-3 7 2 2 2 4

; Shuey 2-3 0 0 0 0 2

; Wickman 1-3 3 2 2 0 0

; Rincon 1-3 1 0 0 1 0

; Riske S,1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

; Minnesota

Milton L,7-5 6 8 5 5 2 7

; Hawkins 1 2 0 0 0 1

; Romero 1 2 1 1 0 1

; Wells 1 0 0 0 2 0

; WP--Sabathia.

Umpires--Home, Jim Joyce; First, Jeff Nelson; Second, Ron Kulpa; Third, Dale Scott.

T--3:09. A--15,617 (48,678).

ANGELS 7, RANGERS 5, 10 innings

Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and Anaheim stung Hideki Irabu (2-5) for three late shots to beat Texas.

Juan Gonzalez hit his 400th career home run, and Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 20th of the season, but the Rangers could not overcome Irabu's latest trouble.

Brad Fullmer and Tim Salmon hit consecutive home runs in the bottom of the ninth off Irabu, tying it at 4.

Al Levine (3-1) got the victory despite giving up Herbert Perry's go-ahead triple in the top of the 10th.

TEXAS ANAHEIM

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; Rmano lf 4 0 1 1 Eckstin; ss 4 0 2 0

; Perry 3b 5 0 1 1 Erstad; cf 5 1 0 1

; ARdrgz ss 4 1 1 1 Glaus; 3b 5 1 1 2

; JGnzlz dh 4 2 2 1 GAndsn; lf 4 0 0 0

; Greene 1b 4 0 2 0 Fllmer; 1b 4 1 2 1

; Lamb 1b 0 0 0 0 Spiezio; 1b 0 0 0 0

; Kapler rf 3 0 1 0 Salmon; dh 4 2 2 1

; RPlmo ph 1 0 0 0 OPlmro; rf 4 1 2 1

; Ldwick rf 0 0 0 0 BMolna; c 4 0 0 0

; Hslman c 4 0 1 1 AKndy; 2b 4 1 2 1

; MYong 2b 4 0 0 0

; Murray cf 3 2 0 0

; Totals 36 5 9 5 Totals 38 7 11 7

; Texas 010 200 100 1 --5

; Anaheim 020 000 002 3 --7

; One out when winning run scored.

E--Greene (1), Eckstein (4). DP--Anaheim 2. LOB--Texas 7, Anaheim 4. 2B--Romano (1), Kapler (10), Fullmer (16), Salmon (17), AKennedy (14). 3B--Perry (1). HR--ARodriguez (20), JGonzalez (3), Glaus (12), Fullmer (5), Salmon (10). CS--AKennedy (2). S--Romano, Kapler.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Texas

Valdes 7 5 2 2 0 3

; Telford 1 1 0 0 0 0

; Irabu L,2-5 1; 1-3 5 5 5 0 0

; Anaheim

Washburn 6; 2-3 8 4 3 0 4

; Weber 2; 1-3 0 0 0 1 1

; Levine W,3-1 1 1 1 1 3 0

; HBP--by Valdes (Eckstein).

Umpires--Home, John Hirschbeck; First, Wally Bell; Second, Mike Fichter; Third, C.B. Bucknor.

T--2:59. A--15,301 (45,030).

MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 0

Jamie Moyer (5-2) pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and Ruben Sierra had three hits to lead Seattle over Oakland.

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the seventh inning, and Dan Wilson added two hits and an RBI for AL West-leading Seattle, which won for only the seventh time in 16 games.

The Mariners have won five of eight against Oakland this season.

SEATTLE OAKLAND

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; ISuzuki rf 4 1 1 0 Velarde; 2b 4 0 1 0

; McLmr dh 5 0 2 0 Piatt; lf 4 0 0 0

; BBoone 2b 5 0 1 1 Tejada; ss 4 0 1 0

; Olerud 1b 4 2 1 0 Justice; dh 3 0 1 0

; Sierra lf 4 2 3 1 Dye; rf 4 0 0 0

; Gipson lf 0 0 0 0 EChavz; 3b 4 0 0 0

; Cmeron cf 3 0 1 1 Saenz; 1b 2 0 1 0

; Rlaford ss 4 0 1 1 Long; cf 3 0 0 0

; DWilsn c 4 0 2 1 RaHrdz; c 3 0 0 0

; Cirillo 3b 4 0 1 0

; Totals 37 5 13 5 Totals 31 0 4 0

; Seattle 020 002 001 -- 5

; Oakland 000 000 000 -- 0

; DP--Oakland 3. LOB--Seattle 8, Oakland 6. 2B--Olerud (14), Sierra (16), Tejada (13). SB--Cameron (10).

IP H R ER BB SO

; Seattle

Moyer W,5-2 8 4 0 0 1 3

; Rhodes 1 0 0 0 0 1

; Oakland

Lidle L,1-6 6; 2-3 9 4 4 3 3

; Venafro 1; 1-3 1 0 0 0 0

; Bradford 1 3 1 1 0 2

; HBP--by Moyer (Saenz).

Umpires--Home, Jim Reynolds; First, Matt Hollowell; Second, Mark Hirschbeck; Third, Paul Schrieber.

T--2:40. A--35,647 (43,662).

WHITE SOX 6, ROYALS 1

Gary Glover pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Kenny Lofton hit a bases-loaded triple to lead Chicago.

Glover (2-1) allowed one run, walked one and struck out five. He had not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his previous five starts.

Jeff Suppan (5-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

KANSAS CITY CHICAGO

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; Knblch lf 3 0 0 0 Lofton; cf 4 0 1 3

; Ibanez lf 1 0 0 0 Drham; 2b 4 0 0 0

; NPerez ss 4 0 1 0 Thmas; dh 3 1 1 0

; Beltran cf 4 0 0 0 Knerko; 1b 3 1 2 0

; MiSwy 1b 4 0 0 0 Vlentin; 3b 4 1 2 0

; Randa 3b 2 1 0 0 Lee; lf 2 1 0 1

; Tucker dh 3 0 0 0 Liefer; rf 4 1 1 1

; Quinn rf 3 0 1 1 Rwand; rf 0 0 0 0

; Mayne c 3 0 1 0 Grffnno; ss 4 0 0 0

; Febles 2b 2 0 0 0 MLJhn; c 4 1 2 1

; Totals 29 1 3 1 Totals 32 6 9 6

; Kansas City 010 000 000 -- 1

; Chicago 000 501 00x -- 6

; E--Febles (7). DP--Kansas City 1. LOB--Kansas City 3, Chicago 7. 2B--Quinn (4). 3B--Lofton (4). CS--NPerez (1). SF--Lee.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Kansas City

Suppan L,5-5 5; 1-3 8 6 5 3 4

; Voyles 1; 2-3 1 0 0 1 2

; Austin 1 0 0 0 0 1

; Chicago

Glover W,2-1 7 3 1 1 1 5

; Biddle 2 0 0 0 1 2

; WP--Glover.

Umpires--Home, Brian Runge; First, Tim McClelland; Second, Chuck Meriwether; Third, Ted Barrett.

T--2:33. A--12,167 (44,321).

ORIOLES 4, YANKEES 3

Rookie Travis Driskill held baseball's most powerful team in check, and Tony Batista hit his 14th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday night.

Driskill (3-0) spent nine seasons in the minor leagues and Japan before making his major league debut as a 30-year-old in April.

David Wells (6-3) Wells gave up four runs and eight hits in eight innings.

BALTIMORE NEW; YORK

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; Mora cf 4 0 1 1 ASrano; 2b 5 0 1 1

; BRbrts dh 4 0 1 1 Jeter; ss 4 0 0 0

; Conine 1b 4 0 0 0 JaGbi; dh 4 0 1 0

; TBtsta 3b 4 1 2 1 BWllms; cf 4 1 2 0

; Crdova lf 4 0 0 0 Posada; c 3 1 1 2

; Snglton cf 0 0 0 0 Vntura; 3b 3 0 0 0

; Mathws rf 4 1 1 0 White; lf 4 0 1 0

; GGil c 3 0 1 0 NJhson; 1b 3 1 0 0

; Bordick ss 3 1 1 0 JRivra; rf 3 0 1 0

; Hrst Jr 2b 2 1 1 1

; Totals 32 4 8 4 Totals 33 3 7 3

; Baltimore 002 001 100 -- 4

; New York 000 010 020 -- 3

; DP--Baltimore 1, New York 1. LOB--Baltimore 4, New York 7. 2B--Matthews (9), JRivera (1). HR--TBatista (14), Posada (10). SB--Bordick (2). S--Bordick. SF--Hairston Jr..

IP H R ER BB SO

; Baltimore

Driskill W,3-0 7; 2-3 7 3 3 2 6

; Groom 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

; Julio S,10 1 0 0 0 1 0

; New York

DWells L,6-3 8 8 4 4 1 6

; Stanton 1 0 0 0 0 1

; HBP--by Driskill (Posada). PB--GGil.

Umpires--Home, Brian O'Nora; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Tim Welke; Third, Gary Cederstrom.

T--3:00. A--26,506 (57,478).

RED SOX 11, TIGERS 0

Derek Lowe became the American League's first nine-game winner, allowing two hits in six innings as the Tigers lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon and Carlos Baerga each drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who improved to 24-6 on the road.

Lowe (9-2) left after six innings, allowing two infield singles and a walk, striking out two. Lowe has now gone 104 innings without allowing a homer.

BOSTON DETROIT

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; Damon cf 5 2 3 3 RStiago; ss 3 0 0 0

; Baerga dh 6 1 3 3 Easley; 2b 4 0 0 0

; Grcprr ss 4 0 3 3 Hggnsn; lf 3 0 0 0

; BNlson 2b 1 0 0 0 DYong; 1b 4 0 1 0

; Dubach lf 4 0 1 1 DJcksn; pr 0 0 0 0

; Hlnbrn 3b 5 1 1 0 Simon; dh 4 0 1 0

; Varitek c 4 1 1 0 Fick; rf 3 0 1 0

; Mrbelli c 1 0 0 0 Magee; cf 3 0 0 0

; TClark 1b 5 2 2 1 Inge; c 3 0 0 0

; Nixon rf 3 2 1 0 Truby; 3b 3 0 2 0

; Merloni 2b 3 2 1 0

; Totals 41 11 16 11 Totals 30 0 5 0

; Boston 144 000 200 -- 11

; Detroit 000 000 000 -- 0

; E--Merloni (1). DP--Boston 2, Detroit 2. LOB--Boston 9, Detroit 5. 2B--Baerga (7), Daubach (12), TClark (6), DYoung (11).

IP H R ER BB SO

; Boston

DLowe W,9-2 6 2 0 0 1 2

; Haney S,1 3 3 0 0 0 0

; Detroit

Bernero L,1-2 2; 2-3 10 9 9 3 2

; Sparks 4 5 2 2 2 2

; DPatterson 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

; JWalker 2 1 0 0 1 4

; HBP--by DLowe (RSantiago). WP--Sparks.

Umpires--Home, Larry Poncino; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Bruce Froemming; Third, Ed Rapuano.

T--2:30. A--15,537 (40,120).

DEVIL RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 6

Wilson Alvarez won for the first time in almost three years, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended a five-game losing streak.

Carlos Delgado hit his 14th homer for the Blue Jays, who had won five straight and lost for the first time in three games under new manager Carlos Tosca.

Randy Winn went 4-for-6 with two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who roughed up Esteban Loaiza (3-2) and finished with 16 hits. Winn's four hits matched a career high and club record.

Alvarez (1-1), who missed the last two seasons recovering from shoulder surgery, allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for his first win since beating Cleveland on Aug. 29, 1999.

TAMPA BAY TORONTO

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; Winn cf 6 0 4 2 ShStwrt; dh 5 1 2 0

; GVghn lf 4 0 0 0 JoCruz; lf 5 1 1 2

; Conti lf 0 0 0 0 Mndesi; rf 4 2 1 0

; Cox 1b 5 1 1 0 CDlgdo; 1b 3 1 2 3

; Grieve rf 5 1 3 1 TWilsn; c 4 1 1 0

; Huff dh 4 2 2 0 Hinske; 3b 3 0 1 1

; Flherty c 4 0 0 0 Wells; cf 4 0 0 0

; Gomez ss 5 1 1 0 Berg; lf 0 0 0 0

; JSmith 3b 5 2 2 2 Lwrnce; 2b 4 0 1 0

; Esclna 2b 5 1 3 2 FLopez; ss 3 0 0 0

; Totals 43 8 16 7 Totals 35 6 9 6

; Tampa Bay 034 100 000 -- 8

; Toronto 010 001 022 -- 6

; E--JSmith (1), Lawrence (1). DP--Tampa Bay 1. LOB--Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 6. 2B--Winn (11), Grieve 2 (9), JSmith (1), Escalona (3), ShStewart (16), TWilson (4), Hinske (15). 3B--Escalona (1), Mondesi (1). HR--JoCruz (8), CDelgado (14). SB--Winn (11). SF--CDelgado.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Tampa Bay

WAlvarez W,1-1 6 6 2 2 0 5

; Zambrano 2 1 2 2 3 3

; Yan 1 2 2 2 0 2

; Toronto

Loaiza L,3-2 2; 2-3 10 7 6 1 4

; Thurman 2; 1-3 3 1 1 0 2

; Heredia 2 2 0 0 2 0

; Cassidy 2 1 0 0 0 2

; WP--Thurman. PB--TWilson.

Umpires--Home, Dana DeMuth; First, Kerwin Danley; Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, Charlie Reliford.

T--3:02. A--13,643 (50,516).

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