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Angels beat Rays to regain best record in AL

Angels beat Rays to regain best record in AL

Garret Anderson's infield single in the ninth inning extended his hitting streak to 23 games and gave the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League on Wednesday.
Anderson struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh, but he came through in the same situation in the ninth, after the Rays had tied it 4-all on Carlos Pena's RBI double off Jose Arredondo (5-1).
The play initially was ruled an error on second baseman Akinori Iwamura. It later was changed to a hit, keeping Anderson's streak alive.
Erick Aybar had a two-run triple and Chone Figgins and Mark Teixeira also drove in runs for the Angels, who won for the first time in six games at Tropicana Field this season.
The victory enabled Los Angeles to nudge back ahead of Tampa Bay for the best record in the AL at 77-48.
Orioles 11, Red Sox 6
At Baltimore, Ramon Hernandez and Melvin Mora hit three-run homers, and Baltimore overcame an early deficit to avoid a three-game sweep.
Baltimore trailed 4-0 before scoring 10 straight runs against three Boston pitchers. Hernandez put the Orioles up 6-4 with his third-inning drive, and Mora's 21st homer of the season made it 10-4 in the fourth.
Mora added a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to boost his team-high RBI total to 95.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1
At Toronto, Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer for New York and Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings to snap a four-start winless streak.
Jeter's homer in the fourth inning was his eighth of the season and 203rd of his career, moving him past Bill Dickey and into a tie with Roger Maris for 11th place on the Yankees' all-time list.
He was 3-for-5 and is two hits shy of 2,500 for his career.
Pettitte (13-9) had not won since beating Boston on July 26. He allowed one run and five hits in seven innings.
Toronto rookie left-hander David Purcey (2-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.
White Sox 15, Mariners 3
At Chicago, Ken Griffey Jr. hit one of Chicago's four homers to move into a tie with Sammy Sosa for fifth on the MLB career list.
Griffey's two-run drive in the second inning was his first since Chicago acquired him from Cincinnati on July 31, and No. 609 for his career. The 13-time All-Star was just 9-for-43 with four RBIs and no extra-base hits for the White Sox entering the game.
Alexei Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski each hit a three-run homer for AL Central-leading Chicago. Nick Swisher homered for the third straight game and Griffey scored three times.
Raul Ibanez hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs for Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits.
Twins 3, Athletics 1
At Minneapolis, Mike Redmond drove in two runs for Minnesota, which survived some wildness by Francisco Liriano to send Oakland to its 11th straight series defeat for the first time since 1960.
The Twins won their 11th consecutive home series but play their next 14 games on the road.
Even though Liriano (4-3) lowered his ERA this month to 1.14, he did not look sharp. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, only 64 of them for strikes in five innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five against a lagging Oakland lineup.
Indians 8, Royals 5
At Cleveland, Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer in Cleveland's five-run eighth inning.
The Indians' first four hits were home runs, two by Kelly Shoppach, as they stretched their winning streak to four. Kansas City has lost 11 of 13.
Gutierrez connected off closer Joakim Soria (1-3) to ruin a fine performance by Kansas City starter Gil Meche.
Rangers 9, Tigers 1
At Arlington, Texas, Kevin Millwood scattered six hits in his second complete game of the season, and Josh Hamilton hit one of five homers off Detroit starter Nate Robertson.
Travis Metcalf homered twice, once off Robertson (8-9), and Brandon Boggs, Michael Young and Milton Bradley also connected for the Rangers.
Hamilton had three hits, including his 29th homer, a solo shot in the fourth that gave him a major league-leading 115 RBIs.
Millwood (7-7), who lost his previous three decisions, struck out three and walked one in his 15th career complete game.