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AL: Glaus joins the fun for Angels

©Associated Press
September 9, 2002

BALTIMORE -- Troy Glaus finally made a sizable contribution to the Anaheim Angels' winning streak.

Glaus hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth and homered again in the eighth as Anaheim won its 10th straight Sunday, 6-2 over the skidding Orioles.

The Angels' winning streak, one short of matching the franchise record, gives them plenty of confidence heading into an important four-game home series against West-leading Oakland today.

Because Oakland had its 20-game winning streak snapped Friday, the Angels are on the hottest streak in what appears to be baseball's strongest division.

"They're a great team and we're a great team," said Darin Erstad, who had two of Anaheim's 12 hits. "What a great run they had. It will be a lot of fun."

Glaus' first homer gave Anaheim a 4-1 lead against Pat Hentgen, making his first appearance since May 2001 after elbow ligament replacement surgery.

The shot to center ended an 0-for-19 skid by Glaus, who had gone 14 games without a home run before connecting on a 3-and-1 pitch.

"Every day it's been a different person who lifts us up. Luckily, today was my day," Glaus said. "I haven't done a whole heck of a lot over the last five or six days, but we pick each other up. We don't count on one or two guys."

A'S 6, TWINS 0: Barry Zito became the league's first 20-game winner, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings as visiting Oakland won for the 22nd time in 23 games and maintained a two-game lead over Anaheim.

Zito struck out seven and walked two to win 20 for the first time and boost his chances for the Cy Young Award. Miguel Tejada and Adam Piatt homered for the A's.

Zito improved to 44-17 (.721) in his three-year career, the best winning percentage in modern history with a minimum of 50 decisions. The left-hander is 5-0 in his past six starts.

MARINERS 16, ROYALS 9 (11): John Olerud hit a three-run homer in the 11th and Ben Davis added a grand slam as visiting Seattle won its third straight for the first time since July 29-Aug. 3.

Kansas City rallied against Kazuhiro Sasaki in the ninth, with pinch-runner Carlos Febles scoring on Sasaki's 0-and-2 wild pitch to tie it at 8.

YANKEES 6, TIGERS 4: Slumping Rondell White hit a three-run homer in the eighth and host New York cut its magic number for clinching the East to 12.

After Detroit rookie Andy Van Hekken evenly dueled Roger Clemens into the late innings, White won it with a two-out shot.

BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 4: Esteban Loaiza pitched seven solid innings to win for the fourth time in six starts, and Vernon Wells homered to lead visiting Toronto.

WHITE SOX 7, INDIANS 6: Frank Thomas hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Joe Crede got the winning single as host Chicago rallied.

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