Rangers streak to eighth straight over Royals, 5-3
With the win Texas remained tied with Boston for the wild card lead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Teixeira hit his 30th homer, Manny Alexander added a two-run double and the Texas Rangers won their eighth straight game Saturday night with a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
The Rangers matched their longest winning streak of the season and remained tied with Boston for the AL wild-card lead. They trail first-place Oakland by a half-game in the AL West.
Texas starter Mickey Callaway gave up only two runs and five hits but was lifted after 4 2-3 innings, one out from qualifying for his first win since April 1, 2003, with Anaheim.
Making his second start since missing 123 days with an elbow injury, the right-hander was trying to end a personal eight-game losing skid. He gave up Ruben Gotay's sacrifice fly and Joe Randa's RBI single in the fifth before giving way to Franklin Francisco (4-1).
Francisco retired Mike Sweeney on a pop fly to end the threat and went two innings for the win, giving up one run and two hits.
Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth for his 39th save in 41 chances. He converted his 19th consecutive opportunity, tying the team record he set earlier this season. Desi Relaford flied out to the warning track with two on to end the game.
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E--Relaford (7). LOB--Texas 11, Kansas City 12. 2B--EYoung (16), MYoung (23), BJordan (9), Barajas (17), Alexander (1). HR--Teixeira (30). SB--DeJesus (5). S--Barajas. SF--ASoriano, Gotay.
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HBP--by Callaway (Relaford). Umpires--Home, Fieldin Culbreth; First, Tim McClelland; Second, Jim Wolf; Third, Tony Randazzo. T--3:12. A--25,035.
Athletics 5, Devil Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Barry Zito scattered four hits over eight shutout innings, leading Oakland past Tampa Bay.
Bobby Crosby, Marco Scutaro and Mark Kotsay homered for Oakland, which has won five straight. The Athletics have hit 14 homers -- including seven solo shots the last two days -- over the past four games.
Zito (9-9) struck out six and walked one to improve to 5-2 in eight starts since the All-Star break. He lost both of his starts against Tampa Bay last season, giving up 14 runs in 102/3 innings.
Only one baserunner -- Carl Crawford in the sixth -- reached third base against Zito. Crawford was thrown out at the plate by third baseman Eric Chavez on a grounder by Jose Cruz Jr.
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E--RSanchez (3). DP--Oakland 1, Tampa Bay 2. LOB--Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 5. 2B--Byrnes (28), Durazo (26), Kielty (12), Upton (4). HR--Kotsay (12), Crosby (17), Scutaro (4). SF--Crosby.
Halama pitched to 3 batters in the 6th. HBP--by DBaez (Byrnes), by Nunez (Kielty). WP--Zito. Umpires--Home, Tim Timmons; First, Kevin Kelley; Second, Bruce Froemming; Third, Mike Winters. T--2:24. A--25,123.
Tigers 11, Mariners 10
DETROIT -- Craig Monroe hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning.
The teams combined for a Comerica Park-record 36 hits, including 21 by Seattle.
Rondell White led off the 11th for the Tigers with a single off Scott Atchison (1-1), and Carlos Guillen hit into a forceout, and then stole second.
Monroe followed by lining a pitch to center field, and Guillen easily beat Randy Winn's throw to the plate, giving Detroit its third straight win.
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One out when winning run scored.
E--RSantiago (2), IRodriguez (9). DP--Seattle 1, Detroit 1. LOB--Seattle 14, Detroit 10. 2B--ISuzuki (21), Winn (28), Jacobsen (6), CGuillen 2 (34). 3B--ISuzuki (5), Spiezio (3). HR--Winn (11), Ibanez (14), CPena (18). SB--ISuzuki (29), Winn (17), Bloomquist (12), CGuillen 2 (11), Inge (3). SF--DWilson.
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WP--Sherrill. Balk--JJohnson. Umpires--Home, Chuck Meriwether; First, Mike Reilly; Second, C.B. Bucknor; Third, Eric Cooper. T--4:03. A--36,817.