Archive for Sunday, September 4, 2005

Small comes up big for Yankees

With Mussina injured, replacement tosses shutout against A’s

September 4, 2005


— Aaron Small replaced injured Mike Mussina and pitched his first career shutout, and Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to help the New York Yankees move back into a tie for the AL wild-card lead with a 7-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Hideki Matsui drove in New York's first two runs without a hit to reach 100 RBIs, and Alex Rodriguez added a two-run single in a six-run seventh inning.

Small's five-hitter followed a 12-0 loss in the series opener.

Devil Rays 3, Blue Jays 2

Toronto - Travis Lee hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth that led Tampa Bay over Toronto and stopped a five-game losing streak.

Seth McClung (6-8) allowed just two runs and two hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked three. He had just returned to the team after attending the funeral of his grandmother.

Twins 3, Indians 2

Minneapolis - Aaron Boone and Bobby Howry made throwing errors in the ninth inning, giving Minnesota the victory.

Minnesota pulled within five games of the AL wild-card lead, while Cleveland lost for only the fourth time in its last 15 games and remained one game back.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 6

Boston - Kevin Millar and David Ortiz homered as Boston's bats recovered following a rare off night.

Matt Clement pitched eight strong innings for the Red Sox, who won for the sixth time in seven games and maintained a 31â2-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East.

White Sox 6, Tigers 2

Chicago - Tadahito Iguchi fell a home run shy of the cycle, and Aaron Rowand and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back solo shots for Chicago.

After losing 15 of 22 at home before this series, the White Sox are in position to sweep the four-game set with a victory on today.

Mariners 6, Angels 3

Anaheim, Calif. - Ichiro Suzuki drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth with his third hit, and Raul Ibanez had three RBIs for Seattle.

J.J. Putz (5-5) gave up one hit in 11â3 scoreless innings for the win. Eddie Guardado allowed Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double in the ninth before finishing it.


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