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box; TWINS 5, ATHLETICS 4

Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics.

John Mabry hit a three-run homer for the Athletics. He almost hit a grand slam later in the game, but center fielder Torii Hunter robbed him with a spectacular leaping catch.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.

MINNESOTA OAKLAND

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; JJones lf 5 1 2 0 MEllis; 2b 4 0 0 0

; CGzmn ss 5 1 2 0 Httberg; 1b 2 0 0 0

; Koskie 3b 5 2 1 1 Piatt; lf 1 0 0 0

; DOrtiz dh 3 0 1 1 Velarde; ph 1 0 0 0

; LeCroy dh 2 0 0 0 RaHrdz; c 0 0 0 0

; THnter cf 5 0 2 0 Tejada; ss 4 0 2 0

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

; Kielty rf 3 0 1 0 EChavz; 3b 4 1 2 0

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; Przyns c 4 0 3 0 Dye; rf 3 1 0 0

; Rivas 2b 3 1 1 0 Mabry; lf 3 1 2 3

; Saenz; 1b 2 0 0 0

; Long; cf 4 0 1 0

; GMyrs; c 4 1 2 0

; Byrnes; lf 0 0 0 0

; Totals 38 5 14 5 Totals 36 4 11 4

; Minnesota 101 100 200 -- 5

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; Oakland 030 100 000 -- 4

; E--MEllis (3). DP--Minnesota 1. LOB--Minnesota 9, Oakland 12. 2B--JJones (22), Koskie (16), Mientkiewicz (17), Mabry (7), GMyers (4). HR--Mabry (3). SB--EChavez (3). CS--THunter (5), Pierzynski (2). S--Rivas, MEllis. SF--Mientkiewicz.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Minnesota

Lohse 3; 2-3 6 4 4 5 2

; Rodriguez 2 2 0 0 0 0

; Romero W,4-1 1-3 1 0 0 1 1

; Hawkins 2 1 0 0 0 1

; Guardado S,25 1 1 0 0 0 1

; Oakland

Harang 5 9 3 3 1 3

; Venafro L,2-2 1 2 2 0 0 1

; Mecir 2 2 0 0 0 3

; Koch 1 1 0 0 0 1

; Romero pitched to 1 batter in the 7th, Venafro pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP--Mecir.

Umpires--Home, Kerwin Danley; First, Dana DeMuth; Second, Mike Van Vleet; Third, Marvin Hudson.

T--3:37. A--13,503 (43,662).

RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 0

Pedro Martinez struck out a season-high 14 and slumping Tony Clark drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Monday night.

Boston's second win in nine games moved it within 11⁄2; games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Martinez gave up seven hits and walked none in eight innings, throwing 117 pitches.

TORONTO BOSTON

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; ShStwrt lf 4 0 1 0 Damon; cf 3 0 1 1

; JoCruz rf 4 0 0 0 Baerga; 2b 2 0 0 0

; Hinske 3b 4 0 0 0 Merloni; 2b 2 0 0 1

; CDlgdo 1b 4 0 1 0 Grcprr; ss 4 0 2 0

; Fltcher c 3 0 1 0 MRmrz; lf 4 0 1 0

; Lwrnce ph 1 0 0 0 Hlnbrn; 3b 4 0 1 0

; Wells cf 4 0 1 0 Dubach; dh 4 0 0 0

; Swann dh 3 0 0 0 Varitek; c 3 2 1 0

; FLopez ss 3 0 1 0 Nixon; rf 4 2 2 0

; Berg 2b 3 0 2 0 TClark; 1b 2 0 2 2

; Totals 33 0 7 0 Totals 32 4 10 4

; Toronto 000 000 000 -- 0

; Boston 020 101 00x -- 4

; DP--Toronto 2. LOB--Toronto 6, Boston 7. 2B--Wells (16), FLopez (13), Berg (9), Nixon (13), TClark (9). CS--FLopez (3).

IP H R ER BB SO

; Toronto

Parris L,0-2 7 10 4 4 3 2

; Heredia 1 0 0 0 0 3

; Boston

PMrtnz W,10-2 8 7 0 0 0 14

; Embree 1 0 0 0 0 0

; WP--Parris.

Umpires--Home, Bill Miller; First, Bill Hohn; Second, Larry Young; Third, Fieldin Culbreth.

T--2:22. A--33,008 (33,991).

MARINERS 7, ROYALS 0

Jamie Moyer ran his string of shutout innings to 23 by pitching a five-hitter as the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals.

Moyer (8-3) gave up three doubles, didn't walk a batter and struck out three in lowering his ERA to 3.02. He recorded his eighth career shutout and second this year.

Bret Boone and Edgar Martinez gave the Mariners a 6-0 lead in the second with consecutive homers.

Boone hit his third homer in four games, while Martinez homered for the third time in five games since returning to the lineup as Seattle's DH.

Darrell May (2-5) took the loss

KANSAS CITY SEATTLE

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; Alicea 2b 4 0 0 0 ISuzuki; rf 4 2 3 0

; Guiel rf 4 0 1 0 Cirillo; 3b 3 1 0 0

; Beltran cf 2 0 1 0 CGillen; ss 1 0 0 0

; Tucker cf 2 0 0 0 BBoone; 2b 4 2 1 2

; MiSwy 1b 4 0 1 0 EMrtnz; dh 4 1 2 1

; Randa 3b 4 0 0 0 Ugueto; dh 0 0 0 0

; Ibanez lf 3 0 1 0 Olerud; 1b 4 1 1 1

; Berger dh 3 0 1 0 Sierra; lf 3 0 1 0

; NPerez ss 3 0 0 0 Gipson; lf 0 0 0 0

; Mayne c 3 0 0 0 Cmeron; cf 3 0 0 0

; DWilsn; c 4 0 0 0

; Rlaford; ss 3 0 1 1

; Totals 32 0 5 0 Totals 33 7 9 5

; Kansas City 000 000 000 -- 0

; Seattle 330 010 00x -- 7

; E--Guiel (1), MiSweeney (6), Mayne (1). LOB--Kansas City 5, Seattle 10. 2B--Beltran (22), MiSweeney (25), Berger (4), Olerud (26). HR--BBoone (12), EMartinez (3). SB--Cameron (12). SF--Olerud.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Kansas City

May L,2-5 4; 2-3 8 7 6 5 5

; KWilson 3; 1-3 1 0 0 1 1

; Seattle

Moyer W,8-3 9 5 0 0 0 3

; HBP--by KWilson (BBoone). WP--May.

Umpires--Home, Doug Eddings; First, Mike Everitt; Second, Charlie Reliford; Third, Jay Klemm.

T--2:33. A--43,577 (47,116).

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