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A’s trip Tribe, halt five-game slide

September 12, 2004

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— While Nick Swisher grinned through a face full of shaving cream, Bobby Crosby quietly chuckled in the corner of the Oakland Athletics' clubhouse.

Swisher's first week in the big leagues had just been capped by a rookie hazing. Crosby is long past those first-year rituals -- but both rookies came through Saturday to stop the A's five-game losing streak.

Crosby and Swisher hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning against Bob Howry, leading the A's to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Oakland rallied from a four-run deficit in the final three innings to keep its AL West lead.

"We know we can't play like this is our first year," Crosby said. "If you're in the lineup, you've got to contribute, and it felt great to do that today."

With another bit of their customary late-season magic, the A's stayed on top of the division for at least one more day. The A's entered Saturday with just a one-game lead over the Anaheim Angels.

Red Sox 9, Mariners 0

Seattle -- Bronson Arroyo pitched seven shutout innings, and Manny Ramirez and Mark Bellhorn homered, leading Boston over Seattle. With pro-Boston fans in the Safeco Field crowd of 44,401 chanting "Let's Go Red Sox!" Boston stayed 21/2 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East with their 28th win in 34 games.

Rangers 10, Blue Jays 7

Arlington, Texas -- David Dellucci hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and Francisco Cordero earned his 43rd save to match a Rangers record.

Twins 3, Tigers 2

Detroit -- Cristian Guzman and Shannon Stewart each homered to lead Minnesota over Detroit.

Yankees 5, Orioles 2

Baltimore -- Unbeaten Orlando Hernandez pitched seven innings of five-hit ball to win his eighth straight decision, and New York beat Sidney Ponson and Baltimore. Hernandez allowed one run and two walks in becoming the first Yankee starter to open the season 8-0 since Bob Wickman in 1993.

White Sox 13, Angels 6

Anaheim, Calif. -- Paul Konerko singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs -- all during an eight-run second inning -- and Chicago defeated Anaheim.

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