West champ Angels stay on a roll 7-6

Associated Press
Published October 2, 2005

ARLINGTON, Texas - Garret Anderson, Orlando Cabrera and Juan Rivera homered, and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Rangers 7-6 Saturday night.

Scot Shields pitched 11/3 innings of scoreless relief for the West champions, who won for the 13th time in 15 games. The Angels (94-67) are a game behind East champion New York (95-66) for the league's second-best record.

The Angels nearly blew a five-run lead. Mark Teixeira's run-scoring triple off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth made it 7-6, but Rodriguez got Alfonso Soriano to ground out for his 44th save in 49 chances, including 17th straight.

Soriano hit a three-run homer in the sixth to bring Texas within 6-4.

ROYALS 7, JAYS 6: Andres Blanco hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and visiting Kansas City rebounded after allowing six unearned runs in the seventh. The Royals (56-105) set a team record for losses on Friday night. A loss today would mean they would finish 50 games below .500.

TWINS 3, TIGERS 0 : Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau each had two hits and an RBI to support rookie Scott Baker, and host Minnesota took advantage of a wild pitch on Jacque Jones' strikeout to defeat Detroit.

ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 3: Jason Kendall hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning to back Joe Blanton and lead visiting Oakland.