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AL: A's outlast Twins, reclaim first

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Published August 7, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS - After Octavio Dotel allowed a ninth-inning homer for the second time this week, he held off Minnesota long enough for Eric Chavez to fix his mistake.

Chavez hit a go-ahead double in the 11th inning and the Athletics survived Dotel's second straight blown save in a 3-1 victory over the Twins on Friday night.

"I felt like it was my fault we had to play extra innings and I wanted to stay in there," said Dotel, who allowed just the one hit in three innings. "It's great because we won and finally I finished the game."

Oakland led 1-0 before Shannon Stewart homered off Dotel to lead off the ninth. Wednesday, Dotel allowed a tying homer in the ninth to the Yankees' Gary Sheffield.

"I'm telling you man, just one pitch changed the whole thing both times," Dotel said. "But, that's baseball."

Oakland manager Ken Macha thought Dotel pitched well, except for the home run ball.

"He made a lot of good pitches, but that was a bad one," Macha said. "I look at it this way, though: We fought back in that game tonight."

Oakland moved into first in the West with a half-game lead over Texas. The Twins lost for the fourth time in 17 games and maintained a six-game lead over Chicago and Cleveland in the Central.

Eric Byrnes singled off Juan Rincon with one out in the 11th, and Chavez followed with a liner to the left-centerfield gap. Jermaine Dye hit a run-scoring single up the middle.

YANKEES 11, BLUE JAYS 4: Hideki Matsui homered twice and drove in a career-high six in the first three innings, powering host New York.

Javier Vazquez allowed three runs in the first inning but yielded only two doubles and a single the rest of the way before being removed after the eighth.

It was Matsui's first multihomer game in 11/2 seasons since coming to the majors from Japan. His three-run shot in the first offset Carlos Delgado's three-run blast in the top half.

ORIOLES 9, RANGERS 1: Erik Bedard took a three-hitter into the seventh and host Baltimore hit three home runs in its fourth straight win. Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez and Larry Bigbie connected for the Orioles, who scored in each of the first five innings to build a 9-0 lead.

ANGELS 3, ROYALS 0: Kelvim Escobar struck out nine in seven innings and Robb Quinlan hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth for visiting Anaheim. The Angels pitched their eighth shutout of the season, one behind league leader Boston.

TIGERS 4, RED SOX 3: Dmitri Young had three hits and scored twice, including the go-ahead run in the sixth, to help host Detroit stop a four-game losing streak.

INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 2: C.C. Sabathia outpitched Mark Buehrle in a matchup of top left-handers, and Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer for visiting Cleveland.

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