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Red Sox draw even with Yankees

October 1, 2005

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— It's all tied up in the AL East. Boston and New York. Two games to play.

Jason Varitek homered, David Ortiz drove in another big run, and David Wells pitched seven strong innings on Friday night to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory over the Yankees, knotting the division on the season's final weekend.

Boston's victory left both teams at 94-66 and guarantees that the AL East title won't be decided until Sunday. Or possibly Monday.

If the teams split the last two games, there could be a one-game playoff at Yankee Stadium. If Cleveland also is tied at 95 wins, the loser of the Boston-New York game would play the Indians on Tuesday for the AL wild-card berth.

White Sox 3, Indians 2, 13 inn.

Cleveland - September callup Ross Gload hit a two-run double in the 13th off rookie Fernando Cabrera (2-1) as the newly crowned AL Central champions secured home-field advantage through the playoffs.

Mariners 4, Athletics 1

Seattle - Ichiro Suzuki became the sixth player with 200th hits in his first five seasons.

Twins 7, Tigers 3

Minneapolis - Rookie Francisco Liriano logged his first major-league victory.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 6

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Melvin Mora hit a two-run homer.

Angels 7, Rangers 1

Arlington, Texas - John Lackey allowed three hits over five scoreless innings.

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