Jack Howell hit a pair of two-run homers and Chuck Finley pitched a three-hitter as the Anaheim Angels beat the free-falling Cleveland Indians 7-2 Tuesday night at Jacobs Field.
It was the seventh victory of the month for Finley (10-6), who struck out nine and walked two in his third complete game of the season. It was his 139th career victory, passing Nolan Ryan for No. 1 in Angels history.
Finley allowed all three hits in the third inning and retired 18 of the last 20 batters.
Cleveland dropped to 4-9 on its longest homestand of the season.
Brewers 2-4, Blue Jays 0-2
Todd Dunn had a homer and a career-high three hits and Milwaukee reached .500 for the first time since June 23 by completing a sweep of the doubleheader.
Gerald Williams hit a two-run homer and Jose Mercedes, Bob Wickman and Mike Fetters pitched a combined four-hitter as Milwaukee beat Toronto in the opener.
Tigers 3, White Sox 1
Willie Blair threw a career-best three-hitter for his sixth victory this month, leading Detroit over Chicago.
Damion Easley hit a two-run homer and RBI triple as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak. Chicago lost its fourth in a row.
Yankees 7, Athletics 4
Four New York relievers helped Dwight Gooden get his first win in more than a month, leading the Yankees to a victory over Oakland.
Gooden (4-3) was lucky to win for the first time since beating Cleveland on June 26. He was tagged for four runs and seven hits with three walks in five innings.
Orioles 5, Rangers 4
Rafael Palmeiro continued his assault on Texas pitching, doubling home two runs in a four-run fourth inning that carried Baltimore past the Rangers.
Cal Ripken homered for the Orioles, whose run of seven wins in eight games includes five victories over Texas. Baltimore is 9-1 against the Rangers this season.
Twins 11, Royals 8
Kansas City, Mo.
Marty Cordova hit two home runs, his third multi-homer game of the season, and drove in four runs as Minnesota beat Kansas City.
The Twins sent 13 batters to the plate in scoring a season-high eight runs in the third inning.
Clearing the bases
Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar left in the sixth inning after straining his right groin running out a bunt. He’s listed as day-to-day. … Detroit right fielder Melvin Nieves committed a fielding error in the first inning, ending a Detroit string of 79 errorless innings. … Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams took batting practice and shagged fly balls. He could be back in New York’s lineup by the weekend. … The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Orlando Merced on the 15-day disabled list. Merced has inflammation in his right shoulder. With Merced going on the 15-day disabled list, a spot opened on the 25-man roster for Mariano Duncan, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Yankees.
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