Pennington's homer leads A's past Mariners

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Cliff Pennington overshadowed Ichiro's three-hit night with one big blast of his own.

Pennington hit a two-run homer to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 9-5 Saturday night as Suzuki got within one hit of 2,000.

Mark Ellis had three hits and drove in two runs for the A's and Daric Barton added a two-run double.

"Cliff has a little power but that's not exactly his game," Ellis said of his double play partner. "He's getting a lot better and he'll continue to get better. He's slowed himself down. When he first came up it seemed like he was in a hurry."

Mike Sweeney homered and had four hits for the Mariners, who had their four-game winning streak end. Jose Lopez also homered and Rob Johnson added a two-run single.

"It was little things in the game that cost us, but it's always going to be about starting pitching and how deep you can get in there," Mariners' manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We've proven that over and over and we really didn't set the tone with the starting pitching."

Brett Anderson (8-10) pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven innings. He walked two and struck out six. Andrew Bailey recorded the final four outs for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

"I lost it a little with my command and it became a grind out there," Anderson said. "I was fortunate enough to get through five innings and get a win out of it."

Orioles 5, Rangers 4

BALTIMORE (AP) - Melvin Mora homered and drove in three runs, rookie Brian Matusz (4-2) earned his third straight win and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 Saturday.

Mora hit a solo homer in the second inning, a two-out RBI single in the third and snapped a 4-all tie with a two-out single in the fifth. Besides his sparkling performance at the plate, the third baseman also made an outstanding catch of a foul bunt by Ian Kinsler in the eighth inning.

David Murphy homered for the Rangers, denied their first five-game winning streak since July 19-24. Texas did not get a hit after the third inning and remained two games behind Boston for the AL wild card.

Keven Millwood (10-9) gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in five innings. He has won only two of his last 11 starts.

White Sox 5, Red Sox 1

CHICAGO (AP) - Gavin Floyd retired his first 17 batters, gave up only three hits in eight innings and struck out a career-high 11.

Floyd (11-9), who issued no walks, had a perfect game going before Nick Green lined a single to center with two outs in the sixth on a 1-1 pitch.

After Green's clean single, fans gave Floyd a standing ovation. Once he retired the side, teammate Mark Buehrle, who pitched a perfect game against the Rays in July, went up and gave him a hug in the dugout.

Floyd lost his shutout in the eighth when Jason Bay led off with his 31st homer to make it 4-1.

Chicago scored three times in the first off Tim Wakefield (11-4) and went on to its fourth straight victory. Mark Kotsay homered for the second consecutive day against his former team and Paul Konerko added a solo shot in the eighth to finish with three RBIs.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO (AP) - Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered and Andy Pettitte won his fourth straight start.

The AL East leaders, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped Friday, have won 15 of 19 on the road.

Both homers came off rookie left-hander Brett Cecil (6-4), who allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings while losing for the third time in four starts.

Pettitte (13-6) extended his unbeaten streak to eight starts despite not making it past the sixth inning in this one.

Twins 4, Indians 1

CLEVELAND (AP) - Scott Baker won his seventh straight decision and extended his mastery of the Cleveland Indians.

Baker, who gave up one run in six innings, is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against Cleveland this season. The right-hander hasn't lost since July 7, a span of 11 starts.

Andy Marte homered for the Indians in the third, ending Baker's consecutive scoreless streak against the Indians at 18 innings.

Baker (13-7) struck out four and walked four while throwing 100 pitches. He began the season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness and lost his first four starts, but is 7-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his last 11.

Justin Masterson (4-7) allowed two runs - one earned - in six innings. The right-hander is 1-4 since being acquired on July 31 in the trade that sent catcher Victor Martinez to Boston.


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