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Orioles end losing streak with win over Angels

Sunday, July 27, 2008

By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles ended their run of 15 straight losses in Sunday games, defeating Ervin Santana and the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 behind a sharp pitching performance by Garrett Olson.

Olson (7-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings, breaking a run of eight games in which an Orioles starter failed to get through the sixth.

The rookie's first win since June 28 came against a Los Angeles team that had scored 31 runs in its previous three games, and it helped the Orioles ended a five-game losing streak.

Just as important, it provided Baltimore with its first win on Sunday since April 6 against Seattle. Since that game, the Orioles were outscored by a combined 83-43 in compiling the longest skid on one day of the week since Arizona dropped 15 successive Saturday games in 2004.

Santana (11-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. The All-Star's five strikeouts were his fewest in nine starts since June 2.

Tigers 6, White Sox 4

DETROIT (AP) -- Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames homered and Detroit beat Chicago to avoid a three-game sweep.

Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-4 for third-place Detroit, which pulled within 6 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading White Sox.

Jermaine Dye homered for the third straight day and A.J. Pierzynski also went deep for the White Sox, who had won four straight.

Zach Miner (5-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to earn his first win against Chicago after losing five decisions.

Javier Vazquez (7-9) surrendered six runs and 11 hits in seven innings for Chicago.

Twins 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Morneau sparked a two-run, ninth-inning rally with an RBI double and Minnesota beat Cleveland to pull within 2 1/2 games of first-place Chicago.

Alexi Casilla started the ninth-rally with one out, lining a pitch from Rafael Perez (1-2) down the left-field line for a ground-rule double. Morneau doubled in Casilla for a 3-2 lead. Jason Kubel drove in Morneau with a single to give Minnesota a two-run lead.

Matt Guerrier (6-4) got three outs in the eighth for the win and Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances.

Minnesota took two of three in the series to improve to 29-18 in the AL Central entering a four-game series at home that starts Monday night against the White Sox.

The Indians have lost 4-of-5 to fall 13 games under .500.

Royals 6, Rays 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs, Kyle Davies picked up his first victory in more than a month and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Butler hit an RBI double in the fourth and a three-run drive off the left-field foul pole in the seventh. He has four homers and 14 RBIs in nine games since the All-Star break.

Davies (4-2) gave up one run and six hits in five-plus innings, getting his first win since June 17 at St. Louis.

Andy Sonnanstine (10-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which began the day with a two-game lead over Boston. Sonnanstine has lost his last three starts, yielding 14 runs and 22 hits in 19 innings.

Athletics 6, Rangers 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Cust and Kurt Suzuki homered and Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler set the major league record for scoreless innings to start a career in Oakland's win over Texas.

Ziegler gave up two singles in two shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to 27 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander began the season in the minors before being promoted to Oakland on May 30.

The Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in 11 games.

Jeremy Blevins (1-1), the second of four Oakland pitchers, went 1 1-3 scoreless innings to earn his first major league win and Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 23 opportunities.

The A's scored six runs to knock rookie right-hander Eric Hurley (1-2) out of the game after only two innings. Hurley was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game.

Mariners 5, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer, Jarrod Washburn pitched eight strong innings and Seattle snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak.

Toronto's season-high five-game winning streak also ended.

The subject of trade rumors, Washburn (5-9) shook off the speculation to win for the first time in four starts. He gave up one run and four hits, walked two and struck out two. He has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his past nine starts, lowering his ERA to 4.50.

John McDonald's solo homer gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the fifth, but Seattle replied with a four-run, bat-around sixth against right-hander Shaun Marcum (5-5), who allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. MORE

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