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Francisco Rodriguez earns 50th save for Angels

Sunday, August 24, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez earned his 50th save, and the Los Angeles Angels got RBI triples from Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews Jr. in the eighth inning to rally past the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

Trailing 3-0, the Angels got on the board when Mark Teixeira led off the sixth with his third home run of the series and seventh in 23 games since joining the AL West leaders.

Twins starter Kevin Slowey departed with runners at second and third and one out in the seventh, and Howie Kendrick scored on a groundout to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2.

Jason Kubel hit a high, arching drive down the right-field line that was called a home run by first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the Twins eighth. While Kubel rounded the bases, Mike Scioscia came running from the Angels dugout to ask Wendelstedt to get help from his crew.

The ruling was overturned, and Kubel struck out against reliever Jose Arredondo (6-1).

Teixeira led off the eighth with a double against Denny Reyes and scored when Guerrero drove an 0-1 pitch from Jesse Crain (5-3) to center for his third triple of the season. Matthews later tripled to right the go-ahead run and scored on Juan Rivera's sacrifice fly.

White Sox 6, Rays 5, 10 innings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Alexei Ramirez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning after A.J. Pierzynski's bizarre trip around the bases, and the White Sox rallied to avoid a sweep.

Jim Thome hit his 534th homer, Carlos Quentin also connected and the White Sox tied it at 5 in the ninth on pinch-hitter Paul Konerko's two-out single off fill-in closer Dan Wheeler.

Pierzynski led off the 10th with a single against Jason Hammel (4-4), then tagged up and went to second on a flyout to center. Jermaine Dye sent a grounder toward shortstop, Pierzynski got caught in a rundown and the strange play unfolded.

Pierzynski appeared to get tagged out after falling, but second base umpire Doug Eddings signaled safe. Eddings called interference on Rays third baseman Willy Aybar, apparently ruling that he bumped the runner after a throw toward second. Replays showed that Pierzynski initiated the contact, hitting Aybar with his left elbow before falling to the ground.

Tampa Bay infielders and manager Joe Maddon argued vehemently to no avail, and Pierzynski was awarded third. Hammel intentionally walked Thome before Ramirez singled to right.

That made a winner of Bobby Jenks (3-0), who pitched two scoreless innings.

Yankees 8, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Robinson Cano hit the tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning after New York blew a five-run lead, and the Yankees hung on to finish off a three-game sweep.

Cano went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer and Bobby Abreu had three hits for the Yankees, who scored 22 runs in their first

Cano hit a solo shot that traveled an estimated 425 feet off Jamie Walker (1-2), who has yielded nine homers in 31 1-3 innings this year.

Edwar Ramirez (4-1) allowed one run in 1 1-3 innings, and Rivera, the sixth New York pitcher, got four outs to earn his 31st save -- the third in the series.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5, 11 innings

TORONTO (AP) -- Jed Lowrie hit a solo homer in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia had a three-run shot and the Red Sox won for the 11th time in 16 games on the road.

Coco Crisp also homered for Boston. Jonathan Papelbon (5-3) worked two scoreless innings and Manny Delcarmen closed it out for his second career save and first this season.

Lowrie hit a one-out drive to right, his second big league homer, off right-hander Brandon League (0-2), who had not allowed a run in his previous 12 appearances. Lowrie, playing third base, also threw out a runner at the plate on a sixth-inning relay.

Vernon Wells also homered for Toronto, his third in two games.

Mariners 8, Athletics 4

SEATTLE (AP) -- Felix Hernandez allowed three runs over six innings to win for the first time in more than a month, and J.J. Putz closed it out for his ninth save of the year.

All three runs against Hernandez (8-8) came on homers, but he held Oakland to only one other hit while striking out seven to capture his first victory since beating Cleveland on July 18.

Jack Hannahan hit two of the home runs off Hernandez, once in the first inning and again in the third to give the A's an early 2-0 lead. But Dan Meyer and reliever Kirk Saarloos couldn't hold the advantage in his second start of the year.

Meyer (0-2) went five innings and allowed four runs and three hits.

Royals 7, Tigers 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Brandon Duckworth went five shaky innings for his first major league win as a starter in more than two years, helping Kansas City end a seven-game losing streak.

Mark Teahen drove in three runs as the Royals won for just the third time in 17 games.

Duckworth (1-0), brought up on Sunday from Triple-A Omaha, faced 24 batters and 11 reached base, on seven hits and four walks. He did not record a strikeout in getting his first major league win as a starter since beating Milwaukee on June 24, 2006.

Kenny Rogers (9-11) gave up eight hits and seven runs in six innings. While striking out four and walking four, the veteran left-hander fell to 1-3 with a 6.55 ERA in four starts this year against the struggling Royals.

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