Mo Vaughn hit a three-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to give the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Anaheim Angels at Boston.
The loss was only the fourth in 18 games for the Angels, who were attempting to reach 12 games over .500 for the first time since the last day of the 1995 season.
Nomar Garciaparra opened the Red Sox ninth with a single and John Valentin followed with a single against Troy Percival (4-5). Vaughn then hit his 23rd homer into the center-field bleachers off Percival, who had his fourth blown save of the season and did not record an out.
Brewers 3, Tigers 1
Bryce Florie pitched five shutout innings in his second career start, and Matt Mieske and Gerald Williams homered to spark Milwaukee.
Florie (2-2) gave up three hits, but five walks put him in bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth innings.
Tigers All-Star Justin Thompson (8-8) lost his second consecutive start and is winless in his last three starts.
Indians 6, Athletics 3
Rookie Jaret Wright earned his third win in five major league starts for Cleveland.
Wright (3-1) allowed three runs - two earned - on six hits and two walks in 8-2/3 innings. He struck out eight. Jim Thome, Matt Williams, Marquis Grissom and Tony Fernandez hit solo home runs for the Indians.
Rangers 4, White Sox 1
Darren Oliver combined with three relievers on a five-hitter for Texas.
Fernando Tatis had a run-scoring hit in the second inning, Juan Gonzalez and Will Clark RBI singles in the third, and Warren Newson a pinch homer in the eighth for the Rangers. They won for only the third time in their last 10 games.
Oliver (7-10) won his fourth game in his last six starts.
Blue Jays 6, Royals 5
Benito Santiago homered twice, including the game-winning shot in a four-run eighth inning, as Toronto extended its winning streak to five games.
Shawn Green tied the game with a three-run home run in the eighth, and Santiago followed with his second homer of the game.
Orioles 2, Twins 1 (12)
B.J. Surhoff’s sacrifice fly in the 12th inning gave Baltimore the lead, then Randy Myers stopped Minnesota in the bottom of the inning for his 28th save in 29 chances.
Clearing the bases
The Indians have hit at least three homers 16 times this season… . Oakland starters have pitched more than five innings just four times in the last 24 games, going 2-13… . Outfielder Tom Goodwin, acquired from Kansas City on Friday for third baseman Dean Palmer, joined the Rangers but did not start. Palmer went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs in his Royals debut… . Angels starter Jason Dickson, who leads A.L. rookie pitchers in wins, has allowed three earned runs or less in 19 of his 22 starts… . Tim Salmon of the Angels is batting .427 this month… . Kansas City’s Jeff King is in a 3-for-43 drought… . Boston’s Reggie Jefferson has a 14-game hitting streak.
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