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Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

American League Roundup: Mariners tie win record

Boone’s home run gives Seattle 116th victory

October 7, 2001

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— Ichiro Suzuki, Bret Boone and the Seattle Mariners have matched the record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance fame.

The Mariners tied the major league record for wins with their 116th Saturday night, beating the Texas Rangers, 1-0, behind Boone's first-inning homer.

Baltimore's Cal Ripken faces a U.S. flag during a ceremony prior to
the final game of his career Saturday night in Baltimore. Story on
page 6C.

Baltimore's Cal Ripken faces a U.S. flag during a ceremony prior to the final game of his career Saturday night in Baltimore. Story on page 6C.

The Mariners (116-45), who have won six in a row, can break the record set by the '06 Cubs (116-36-3) by winning their final regular season game today against the Rangers. Aaron Sele (15-5) will start against Darren Oliver (11-11).

"I've never been too much of a baseball history buff, but I'm more in tune now," manager Lou Piniella said. "Look, it's a very nice accomplishment to say the least. It's a lot of wins."

On Friday night, the Mariners became the winningest team in AL history, passing the record of 114 set by the New York Yankees in 1998.

When the season began, Piniella said he had no idea which team had won the most games in history.

"No, I never knew it was 116," he said. "This is pretty good isn't it?"

Piniella admitted he knew nothing of the '06 Cubs that featured first baseman and manager Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers and shortstop Joe Tinker, a team that lost in the World Series to the Chicago White Sox in six games.

Rookie Denny Stark, Paul Abbott, Joel Pineiro (6-2), Jeff Nelson and Kazuhiro Sasaki combined for a two-hitter as the Rangers were shut out for the first time since the final day of last season.

Piniella wanted to sharpen his bullpen for their playoff series against Cleveland that opens here Tuesday.

Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 45th save in 52 opportunities.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 1

Baltimore Cal Ripken went hitless in his last major league game, closing his Hall of Fame career in a 2-for-48 skid as Boston completed a four-game sweep of Baltimore. A sellout crowd of 48,807, including former President Clinton and major league commissioner Bud Selig, attended the game. Many of the fans missed several innings standing in long lines to buy souvenirs and programs to mark the occasion the 3,001st and final game for Ripken.

The crowd collectively stood and cheered each time Ripken came to the plate, but the Orioles' 41-year-old third baseman couldn't reward them with one final hit.

Batting against veteran David Cone, Ripken lined to left in the second inning, hit a popup to short in the fifth and a fly ball to center in the eighth in the final at-bat of his career.

After he entered the dugout, he emerged to the cheers of the crowd.

With fans chanting "We want Cal," Ripken was left on deck when Brady Anderson struck out against Ugueth Urbina to end the game.

Athletics 6, Angels 3

Anaheim, Calif. Jermaine Dye, who has emerged as one of the key acquisitions of the season, hit a three-run homer as Oakland beat Anaheim for its 28th victory in 32 games.

Mike Magnante (3-1) was credited with the victory. He allowed one walk over 11*3 innings and Jason Isringhausen recorded three outs for his 34th save in 43 chances.

Oakland scored four runs in the third after Scott Schoeneweis' 0-2 pitch struck No. 9 hitter Frank Menechino on the foot with one out. Two walks and Ron Gant's sacrifice fly produced the first run and Dye followed with his 26th homer, giving him 105 RBIs.

Devil Rays 5, Yankees 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. New York's Andy Pettitte threw five scoreless innings in his final regular-season start, but Tampa Bay came from behind to beat the AL East champion Yankees.

Pettitte left his previous start on Sept. 26 after two batters when he was hit on the left elbow by liner off the bat of Tampa Bay's Ben Grieve.

Twins 6, White Sox 5

Minneapolis David Ortiz and A.J. Pierzynski hit home runs to lead Minnesota past Chicago and assure at least a tie for second place. The Twins, who moved a game ahead of the White Sox in the AL Central, are 13-5 against Chicago this year.

Pierzynski drove in three runs for Minnesota (84-77), which has its first winning season since 1992.

Jack Cressend (3-2) recorded all three outs in the fifth for the victory. Eric Milton replaced him his first career relief appearance and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh before running into trouble with two out in the eighth.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 2

Toronto Chris Carpenter won his fourth straight decision and Toronto Blue handed Cleveland its fourth consecutive loss. The Indians, who will begin the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at Seattle, have lost five of six since clinching the AL Central last Sunday.

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