Seattle Mariners stay ahead of Oakland


Freddy Garcia won his third straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Seattle Mariners stayed one game ahead of Oakland in the AL West with a 11-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Joe Oliver went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Mariners, just 10-19 since taking a seven-game division lead on Aug. 11. Edgar Martinez was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and his 34th homer Tuesday night.

Garcia improved to 7-4. Dan Reichert (8-6) lost for the first time in 11 starts since July 16, giving up four runs, nine hits and four walks in five innings. Athletics 5, Twins 3 In Oakland, California, Jason Giambi homered twice and drove in three runs off Brad Radke (11-15) as Oakland won its fourth straight and closed within a half-game of Cleveland, the wild card leader.

Giambi, who has 36 homers and 115 RBIs, hit a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 5-2

Mark Mulder (9-10) allowed three hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. Jim Mecir and Jason Isringhausen completed the six-hitter, with Isringhausen getting the final out for his 27th save — his first since Aug. 15. Red Sox 8, Indians 6 In Cleveland, Dante Bichette hit a two-run homer as Boston moved within two games of Cleveland in the AL wild card race.

Bichette’s third homer since joining Boston capped a six-run third off Chuck Finley (12-11).

Ramon Martinez (10-6) pitched into the sixth, and three relievers combined for three perfect innings. Derek Lowe got his 33rd save, but only after allowing Travis Fryman’s double and Russell Branyan’s RBI single.

Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer and had four RBIs for the Indians. Yankees 10, Blue Jays 2 In New York, Jose Canseco went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, hitting his 446th career home run as the Yankees won for the 10th time in 13 games . Denny Neagle (7-4) won his fourth straight start, allowing both runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings and striking out seven. Joey Hamilton (2-1) gave up six runs and five hits in four innings.

Tigers 10, White Sox 3 In Chicago, Bobby Higginson’s 26th homer capped a six-run third inning as Detroit ended a six-game losing streak.

Magglio Ordonez homered twice for the White Sox and drove in three runs, giving him career highs with 31 homers and 118 RBIs.

Dave Mlicki (5-11) gave up three runs and three hits in five innings, combining with Willie Blair and Todd Jones on a four-hitter.

Angels 5, Devil Rays 2 In Anaheim, California, Adam Kennedy drove in three runs and Benji Gil had two RBIs, including a squeeze bunt.

Tim Belcher (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, sending Tampa Bay to its fourth straight loss. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Rangers 9, Orioles 1, Rangers 6, Orioles 5 In Arlington, Texas, Kenny Rogers (12-13) won for the first time in seven starts since Aug. 8, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings as Texas completed a doubleheader sweep. The Rangers swept their previous doubleheader, on Sept. 6 last year against the White Sox.

John Wetteland got his 33rd save, despite allowing a two-run double to Greg Myers in the ninth.

Rick Helling (15-11) won the opener, allowing three hits in eight innings.