White Sox win series
Oakland, Calif. The Chicago White Sox, who have lost some steam in the second half of the season, show signs of heating up again.
Getting another well-pitched game, this time from starter Mike Sirotka and reliever Bobby Howry, the White Sox downed Oakland 8-3 Wednesday to win two of three in the matchup of two of the AL's highest-scoring teams.
Chicago pitchers gave up just six runs in the three games against the Athletics, who have scored 746 runs to a league-high 807 by the White Sox.
"Another good performance by our pitchers; we got real solid efforts back-to-back," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "Sirotka is one of the guys that if he gets hot down the stretch can help us win some games."
James Baldwin combined with relievers to blank the Athletics 3-0 in the second game of the series after Oakland's Tim Hudson threw a one-hitter in the Athletics' 3-0 win in the opener.
Chicago is just 24-22 since the All-Star break, but remains well ahead in the AL Central.
"I think it's just been a matter of holding the fort," said Sirotka (13-10). "When we get Jon (Garland) and Cal (Eldred) back, it will stabilize our pitching and give our offense some support."
Sirotka pitched seven strong innings and Jose Valentin put Chicago in front with a two-run single in the seventh. Sirotka limited Oakland to two runs and six hits, including a solo homer by Eric Chavez in the fourth inning.
Devil Rays 3, Red Sox 1
St. Petersburg, Fla. Albie Lopez allowed only four hits in eight innings as Tampa Bay beat Boston.
Orioles 5, Tigers 1
Baltimore Jose Mercedes pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game since 1997 as Baltimore sent Detroit back under .500.
Indians 5, Rangers 3
Arlington, Texas Kenny Lofton made up for a two-base error had three hits and three RBIs as Cleveland strengthened its position in the AL wild card race.
Blue Jays 11, Angels 2
Anaheim, Calif. David Wells earned his major league-leading 19th victory and Toronto tied a franchise record for homers in a season.