Byrd pitches complete game for Royals


Paul Byrd, pitching in perhaps his last appearance with Kansas City, threw his fourth straight complete game as the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Monday.

Carlos Beltran homered off Chris Carpenter (4-2) and drove in three runs for the Royals, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

Byrd (14-7) allowed five hits to become the first Kansas City pitcher with four consecutive complete games since Tom Gordon in 1990.

With the trade deadline just two days away, Byrd has been the subject of much speculation as contending teams looks to bolster their rotations.

He looked like the premier pitcher available Monday night, beating the Blue Jays in a crisp 2 hours, 2 minutes. He threw only 98 pitches, 72 for strikes. Yankees 9, Rangers 2 In Arlington, Texas, Orlando Hernandez (6-3) pitched six impressive innings and Rondell White hit a two-run homer as New York beat Texas.

Jorge Posada homered, drove in two runs and reached base four times for the Yankees, who have won 16 of their past 22 games at Arlington.

Rangers starter Kenny Rogers (11-6) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning against his former team and lost his sixth consecutive decision to the Yankees. He was knocked around for eight runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings.

Texas’ Carl Everett hit his fourth homer in his last four games. Devil Rays 6, Orioles 1 In St. Petersburg, Florida, Paul Wilson pitched eight sharp innings to snap a personal 12-game winless streak as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.

Jared Sandberg drove in two runs for the Devil Rays. John Flaherty and Chris Gomez each had three hits.

Wilson (3-7) has earned all three of his wins against the Orioles this season. He allowed one run and four hits for his first victory since May 12.

Baltimore has dropped eight of its past 11 games.

Orioles starter Travis Driskill (6-5) gave up three runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He has lost five of his last six starts. Angels 5, Red Sox 4 In Anaheim, California, Darin Erstad homered to draw the scores level in the eighth inning and Garret Anderson drove in the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly as Anaheim rallied past Boston.

The Angels maintained their lead in the AL West by percentage points over Seattle. They also extended their lead in the wild card race to two games over the Red Sox.

Boston fell five games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Scott Schoeneweis (8-7) got a double-play grounder for the win, and Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 opportunities.

Shea Hillenbrand and Brian Daubach homered for the Red Sox. Alan Embree (0-1), activated from the disabled list before the game, took the loss. Mariners 4, Tigers 3 In Seattle, John Olerud’s tiebreaking RBI single off Julio Santana (3-3) in the eighth inning sent Seattle over Detroit.

Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer, while Bret Boone tied it with a sixth-inning single as the Mariners rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

Arthur Rhodes (7-2) worked out of a jam in the eighth for the victory. Kazuhiro Sasaki got two outs for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Shane Halter homered for the Tigers, and Bobby Higginson had an RBI double. Indians 8, Athletics 6 In Oakland, California, Lee Stevens hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning as Cleveland came from behind to beat Oakland.

The Athletics have lost five of six, dropping four games out of first place in the AL West.

Trailing by three going into the seventh inning, Milton Bradley hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and Stevens gave Cleveland the lead with his home run off reliever Mike Magnante (0-2).

It was Stevens’ first home run with the Indians since he was acquired from Montreal on June 27, in a deal that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos. Terry Mulholland (1-0), making his Indians debut after being traded from Los Angeles on Sunday, worked two scoreless innings of relief.

Mark Wohlers got two outs for his first save since June 3, 1998, with Atlanta.