Finley leads Indians rout of Yankees


NEW YORK, AP

Chuck Finley allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and Manny Ramirez homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat New York 15-4, their second rout of the Yankees in three days.

In winning two of the first three games in the four-game series, the Indians outscored their potential playoff foe 29-11 Sunday. Cleveland holds a half-game lead over idle Oakland in the AL wild card race.

Finley (13-11) didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Thompson singled with one out in the fifth.

Denny Neagle (7-5), who had won four straight starts, was pounded for eight runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings. Tigers 5, Red Sox 4 In Detroit, Dave Mlicki (6-11) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, and Dean Palmer hit a two-run homer.

Boston remained 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland, the AL wild card leader. The Red Sox return home for a five-game series against the Indians that starts Tuesday.

Jason Varitek hit an RBI single in the ninth off Todd Jones, who struck out Bernard Gilkey to end the game with the potential tying run on second. Jones got his team-record 39th save.

Ramon Martinez (10-7) gave up all five runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings. Mariners 3, Orioles 2 In Baltimore, Alex Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth with a two-run homer off Sidney Ponson (8-12), and Seattle completed its first three-game sweep in Baltimore since Sept. 3-5, 1990.

John Olerud also homered for the Mariners, who won their fifth straight and increased their lead to 2 1/2 games over second-place Oakland in the AL West.

Freddy Garcia won his fourth straight start (8-4), allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. Kazuhiro Sasaki got four outs for his 33rd save, allowing an RBI double to Mark Lewis in the ninth.

Blue Jays 14, White Sox 1 In Chicago, Carlos Delgado hit a grand slam to end a 17-game homerless streak, reaching 40 homers for the second straight season.

Brad Fullmer hit a three-run homer, Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-run shot and Tony Batista had a three-run double as Toronto remained three games behind Cleveland.

Lance Painter (2-0) pitched three innings of two-hit relief. Starter Joey Hamilton left after three innings because of a strained right shoulder.

Rookie Kip Wells (5-9), battling for a spot in Chicago’s postseason rotation, gave up six runs, nine hits and four walks in five innings. Rangers 6, Royals 5 In Arlington, Texas, Gabe Kapler was 2-for 4 and drove in three runs, giving him 13 RBIs in the four-game series.

Kapler hit a two-run homer in the first off Dan Reichert (8-8) after Frank Catalanotto’s solo home run and Rafael Palmeiro’s single. Kapler added an RBI single in the fifth after Palmeiro tripled.

Kenny Rogers (13-13) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. John Wetteland got two outs for his 34th save. Twins 1, Angels 0 In Minneapolis, Brad Radke (12-15) avoided becoming the AL’s losingest pitcher, scattering eight hits in his first shutout this season, the fourth of his career. He remained in a three-way tie with Toronto’s Kelvim Escobar and Baltimore’s Mike Mussina for most losses.

Radke got a break in the sixth inning when a high drive by Mo Vaughn that might have been a homer instead hit a Metrodome speaker and dropped for a single.

Rookie Luis Rivas hit an RBI triple in the first off Tim Belcher (4 3).