Shot in the arm

NEW YORK, Reuters

Kevin Brown threw eight shutout innings and newly-acquired John Olerud went 3-for-3 with a t wo-run double, leading the New York Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League on Thursday.

Brown (9-1) allowed four hits while striking out seven and walking two in an impressive start, just his second since missing seven weeks with a variety of injuries.

Paul Quantrill finished up in the ninth by allowing an unearned run as the Yankees handed the A’s just their third loss in their last 12 games.

Oakland dropped out of first place in the AL West with the loss, slipping a half-game behind the Texas Rangers, who won again at Detroit.

Olerud celebrated his 36th birthday and put the Yankees ahead 3-0 with his two-run double in the second inning.

Barry Zito (7-8) allowed five runs — four earned — on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss before 52,335 fans.

Scott Hatteberg had two hits for the A’s.

In other games, Grady Sizemore’s two-run double in the 10th inning sparked the Cleveland Indians to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

John McDonald and Matt Lawton homered for the Tribe, which salvaged a split of the four-game series. Rafael Betancourt (5-5) pitched the ninth for the win and Bob Wickman’s scoreless 10th gave him his second save.

Kerry Ligtenberg (1-4) allowed the winning runs and took the loss. Frank Menechino homered for the Blue Jays.

In Detroit, Alfonso Soriano hit a tie-breaking homer to lead the Texas Rangers past the Tigers 2-1, completing a three-game sweep.

Ryan Drese (8-6) pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits for the win, before Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. Soriano had three hits for Texas.

Esteban Yan (1-3) allowed one run on three hits over three innings and took the loss.

Ivan Rodriguez drove in Detroit’s lone run as the Tigers lost their fourth straight.

Aaron Sele pitched seven strong innings for his seventh straight win as the Anaheim Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3.

Sele (7-0) allowed three runs on five hits to improve to 16-4 lifetime against Minnesota.

Torii Hunter homered for the Twins, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

Terry Mulholland (3-4) went 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs — five earned — on nine hits to take the loss.

In Kansas City, Matt Stairs hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs, leading the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Zack Greinke (4-8) allowed one run on three hits over seven innings to get the win and Nate Field got the last two outs for his third save.

Jon Garland (7-8) allowed six runs on seven hits over seven innings and was the loser.

Aaron Rowland and Jose Valentin homered for Chicago.

Randy Winn and Bret Boone both had RBI singles to key a three-run 11th inning as the Seattle mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-2.

Scott Atchison (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major league win, although he allowed a home run to Carl Crawford in the bottom of the 11th.

Tino Martinez also homered for the Devil Rays. Danys Baez (3-2) allowed three runs on one hit in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.