American League roundup

Angels 5, Yankees 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Joe Saunders pitched into the ninth inning and Los Angeles prevented New York from wrapping up a playoff spot with a 5-2 victory Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.

Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter hit consecutive RBI doubles off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, and Kendry Morales added a pinch-hit homer.

The Angels reduced their magic number to six for clinching their third consecutive AL West title. The Yankees, who have dropped six of 10, could have secured a postseason spot with a win or a Texas loss at Oakland. The Rangers beat the Athletics 10-3.

Los Angeles has won four of five and remained a season-best 71/2 games ahead of Texas.

Saunders (14-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked none in winning his fifth consecutive decision and sixth in his last seven.

Brian Fuentes got two outs for his 44th save.

Pettitte (13-7) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two in losing for the first time in 10 starts.

Rangers 10, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Murphy had three hits and drove in two runs to help Texas hang on to its slim playoff hopes.

Julio Borbon and Chris Davis both drove in two runs as the Rangers won for the second time in eight games, moving within seven games of the Boston Red Sox, who lost 12-9 to Kansas City, in the AL wild card.

Kevin Millwood (11-10) did not allow an earned run in seven innings. He gave up a run and three hits, walking one and striking out two.

Matt Carson hit a home run for the A's, who had their season-high seven-game winning streak end.

Edgar Gonzalez (0-3) lasted 3 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits. He walked two and struck out three.

The Rangers scored in three of the first four innings.

Twins 7, White Sox 0

CHICAGO (AP) - Nick Blackburn pitched seven innings and Orlando Cabrera had two RBIs and scored three runs to lead Minnesota.

The Twins, who have won five of six, moved within 21/2 games of first-place Detroit, which was idle, in the AL Central. The White Sox lost for the fifth time in six games and are seven back.

Blackburn (11-11) allowed eight singles with no walks and six strikeouts to earn his first road win since May 31 against Tampa Bay. He is 4-1 this season against Chicago.

Cabrera, who last season helped the White Sox win the AL Central title, had a triple, sacrifice fly, RBI single, and reached on an error.

Rookie Daniel Hudson (0-1) took the loss in his first major league start, allowing four hits and three runs - one earned - in five innings.

Royals 12, Red Sox 9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mike Jacobs hit a three-run homer and Alberto Callaspo's two-run double keyed Kansas City's biggest inning in almost a year.

After falling behind 6-0 in the third and 8-2 in the fifth, the Royals took an 11-9 lead with six runs in the sixth, the most they have scored in one inning since Sept. 24, 2008.

Billy Butler had an RBI double off Manny Delcarmen and then Callaspo hit a two-run double. Yuniesky Betancourt finished it off with a two-run single off Daniel Bard (2-2).

Butler had another RBI double in the seventh, giving him 49 doubles this season.

It was the 11th win in 14 games for the Royals, who had lost nine of 11 to the Red Sox.

Jason Bay had a three-run homer off Lenny DiNardo in Boston's six-run third inning, his career-high 36th. Jacoby Ellsbury and Victor Martinez also drove in two runs for the AL wild-card leaders.

Yasuhiko Yabuta (2-1) got the win, allowing one run in one inning. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 2

TORONTO (AP) - Lyle Overbay and John McDonald homered, and David Purcey won for the first time in more than a year as Toronto handed Baltimore its fifth straight loss.

The Blue Jays have won 11 of 13 home games against the Orioles and 25 of 35 dating to 2006.

Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Travis Snider each hit a two-run single for the Blue Jays, who batted around in the third and eighth.

Attendance was 11,598, the third straight game Toronto has drawn fewer than 12,000 fans. Toronto's all-time low is 10,074, set April 17, 1979, against the Chicago White Sox.

Purcey (1-2) had not won since pitching eight shutout innings on Sept. 7, 2008, against Tampa Bay. The left-hander allowed one run and four hits in a season-high 7 2-3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Orioles rookie Chris Tillman (2-4) allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked three and struck out five.


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