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Indians surge past White Sox, 7-5

September 20, 2005

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— Aaron Boone's two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning sent Cleveland to a 7-5 victory over Chicago and moved the Indians one game closer to the sliding White Sox in the AL Central.

Cleveland cut the White Sox's one-time lead of 15 games on Aug. 1, to 21â2 games.

Boone, who homered to help the Indians build a 4-0 lead, lined a single up the middle off Bobby Jenks to give Cleveland a 6-5 lead. The Indians have won six straight and 13 of 14, while the White Sox have lost eight of 11.

Down 5-4, the Indians rallied against Damaso Marte, who relieved with one out in the eighth.

He walked Travis Hafner and gave up a double to Victor Martinez.

Marte (3-4) then struck out Ben Broussard and was replaced by Jenks.

Devil Rays 8, Red Sox 7

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Mark Hendrickson won his sixth straight decision, and Tampa Bay held on to beat Boston, which had its lead in the AL East over New York trimmed to one-half game. It is the closest the Yankees have been since July 26.

Yankees 3, Orioles 2

New York - Reserve Bubba Crosby led off the bottom of the ninth with his first home run this season for New York.

Mariners 7, Blue Jays 5

Toronto - Richie Sexson hit a grand slam in the ninth to rally Seattle.

Athletics 7, Twins 6

Oakland, Calif. - Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer, Mark Ellis followed with a solo shot, and Barry Zito (14-12) pitched 61â3 shutout innings as the A's pulled within 11â2 games of the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels, who had the day off.

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