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Angels' Appier shuts out pain along with Red Sox

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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2002


BOSTON -- Kevin Appier felt well enough to win again for the Anaheim Angels.

BOSTON -- Kevin Appier felt well enough to win again for the Anaheim Angels.

Appier and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and the Angels beat the Red Sox 2-0 Saturday.

Appier, who sustained a strained hip flexor and groin in his last start Sunday, allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one in six innings.

"A couple of times during the game it looked like he might have been favoring something, but he got right back in synch," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.

Anaheim remained two games behind Oakland in the West. The Angels and Boston are wild-card contenders.

Boston's three-game winning streak ended a day after Pedro Martinez defeated Anaheim 4-1 in the series opener.

Appier walked the leadoff hitter, Johnny Damon, on four pitches before getting Nomar Garciaparra to bounce into a double play in the first. He escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth, the only real threat the Red Sox had against him.

"Hey, I'm 34," Appier said. "Things are going to hurt. There's a difference between being hurt and being injured. It didn't affect me at all. It's big we didn't get knocked back from a tough loss."

The Angels' bullpen permitted two runners. Anaheim turned a season-high four double plays, two when runners were caught off base on line drives.

Boston star Manny Ramirez singled and doubled, extending his streak of reaching base to 14 plate appearances, before flying out in the sixth. Ramirez fell two short of the major-league record of 16 set by Ted Williams in 1957.

INDIANS 5, MARINERS 3: Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer in the ninth to lift host Cleveland.

Rookie Josh Bard also homered for the Indians. Friday night, he capped his major-league debut with a two-run homer in the ninth that lifted the Indians over Seattle 4-2.

This time, Matt Lawton walked to start the ninth against former Rays reliever Doug Creek, and Garcia followed with his fifth homer to rightfield.

A'S 12, TIGERS 3: Ray Durham hit two triples and David Justice, Eric Chavez and Terrence Long homered as visiting Oakland won its 11th straight.

Tim Hudson won with his third complete game of the season as the Athletics stretched their lead in the West to two games over Seattle and Anaheim.

YANKEES 3, RANGERS 2: Roger Clemens earned his 291st career victory and Jason Giambi hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh to lead host New York.

Clemens gave up Alex Rodriguez's major league-leading 45th home run in the first, then held Texas in check through the seventh, striking out nine.

BLUE JAYS 4-8, ORIOLES 1-3: Chris Woodward and Vernon Wells homered to back a solid pitching performance by Esteban Loaiza as visiting Toronto swept.

In the opener, Pete Walker allowed four hits in seven innings as the Blue Jays ended Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

TWINS 6, ROYALS 5: Denny Hocking hit three doubles and Cristian Guzman extended his hitting streak to 22 games for visiting Minnesota. Guzman has the longest current streak in the majors.

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