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AL: Mulder stops A's skid at one

©Associated Press
September 8, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Mulder pitched well enough to get Oakland back on the winning track.

Mulder pitched eight shutout innings Saturday night, outshining Minnesota's Joe Mays and leading the Athletics to a 2-0 victory over the Twins, a night after Oakland's league record 20-game winning streak was stopped.

"The kid really can pitch," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He bears down, and he gets after you."

David Justice and Scott Hatteberg drove in runs for Oakland, which had the majors' longest winning streak in 67 years end with a 6-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday.

But Mulder struck out 10, won his fourth straight decision and silenced the Metrodome crowd of 43,628 to put the A's back in the win column. Five of the Twins' seven hits off Mulder were infield singles, and he didn't walk anybody.

"I wanted to try to make a statement to get this losing streak to an end," Mulder said, "and start a new winning streak."

The Twins spoke a little more emphatically.

"Coming off the loss, I'm sure he was a little extra pumped up tonight," said Dustan Mohr, who was 0-for-3. "There's not a whole lot you can do. He had four pitches working."

Billy Koch pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 44 chances to keep Anaheim from gaining ground. Even with those 20 straight victories, the A's are two ahead of the Angels.

The Twins are much safer in first. Chicago's loss to Cleveland reduced Minnesota's magic number for clinching the Central to seven and kept the division lead at 14 games.

Mays pitched almost as well as Mulder, but he allowed run-scoring singles to Justice in the second and Hatteberg in the eighth inning.

Mays, who made his 10th start since returning in July from an elbow injury that cost him three months, has gotten some good practice for the playoffs. In his past six outings, he has faced Mulder twice, Boston's Pedro Martinez twice, Chicago's Mark Buehrle and Seattle's Ismael Valdes.

ANGELS 4, ORIOLES 2 (10): Tim Salmon hit a go-ahead single in the 10th and visiting Anaheim extended its winning streak to a season-high nine while moving a franchise-best 33 games over .500.

The Orioles tied it at 2 in the eighth on some sloppy defense.

Pinch-hitter Luis Lopez reached on an error by first baseman Scott Spiezio and was safe at second when Troy Glaus threw away Jerry Hairston's grounder to third.

After Chris Singleton bunted into a forceout at third base, Brendan Donnelly relieved Mickey Callaway.

Jeff Conine singled off Glaus' glove to load the bases and Tony Batista slapped a two-run single to tie it.

RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 1: Casey Fossum combined with three relievers on a three-hitter, and Manny Ramirez had a homer and three RBIs for host Boston.

Fossum got his first six outs by strikeout, a streak that was interrupted by Tom Wilson's homer that gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the second.

TIGERS 2, YANKEES 1: Omar Infante lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth for his first major-league hit, lifting visiting Detroit to its third win in 17 games.

INDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer and Bill Selby also homered as visiting Cleveland won its fourth in a row.

MARINERS 9, ROYALS 2: Bret Boone drove in four as visiting Seattle tried to keep pace in the West.

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