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By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 18, 2006
ORIOLES 4, RED SOX 3: BALTIMORE - The Orioles had just finished beating Boston for the first time in 14 tries, and Kevin Millar wasn't about to dismiss the significance of the victory - or the pleasure he derived from helping beat his former teammates.
"It's a win that we needed to have, but it's also special because I competed with these guys the last three years," said Millar, whose two-run homer gave Baltimore a lead it never lost Wednesday. "It was a lot of fun."
Erik Bedard pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for the Orioles, who had lost 13 straight to Boston - including eight this season - since Sept. 2, 2005. The victory also enabled Baltimore to end an eight-game home skid against the Red Sox.
Baltimore made it 4-1 in the fifth. Melvin Mora singled, took third on a double by Miguel Tejada and scored on a groundout by Ramon Hernandez. Tejada took third on the play and came home on a wild pitch.
NOTABLE: Boston's 13-game run against the Orioles was its second-longest against an opponent in the last 50 years, topped only by its 15-game streak against Seattle in 1977-78.
YANKEES 4, RANGERS 3: NEW YORK - Jorge Posada had plenty left after an exhausting game the night before.
Posada followed up a memorable game with two more RBIs, and Chien-Ming Wang pitched New York past Texas. Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams each added a run-scoring single for the Yankees, coming off a stunning comeback Tuesday night.
New York rallied from 9-0 down behind Posada, who hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and withstood a violent collision at the plate in a 14-13 victory - matching the biggest comeback in franchise history.
"It has to do something for your confidence, especially following it up with a game like tonight," manager Joe Torre said.
The Yankees broke a 1-all tie with five consecutive two-out hits off Kameron Loe in a three-run fifth.
NOTABLE: Yankees right-hander Carl Pavano left his rehabilitation start for Double-A Trenton against Portland after one inning because of tightness in his right triceps.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 0: CLEVELAND - Jake Westbrook was so focused he hardly noticed an approaching thunderstorm.
The right-hander pitched a six-hit shutout and Travis Hafner hit a grand slam to help Cleveland defeat Kansas City.
"I didn't really know about the storm, I just wanted to go out and get it over with," said Westbrook , who maintained his focus in a rainy ninth inning to complete his second career shutout and first since June 14, 2004, against Baltimore.
Cleveland got only three hits but took advantage of seven walks to win for the second time after a six-game losing streak. Hafner broke that streak with a game-winning two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.
The Royals fell to 2-19 on the road, tying the worst start away from home in major league history. They have lost five straight overall.
"It's ridiculous, without a doubt," third baseman Tony Graffanino said. "Whatever we are doing isn't good enough."
QUOTABLE: "I'm feeling more comfortable against them." - Hafner, on facing left-handers
TIGERS 2, TWINS 0: DETROIT - Johan Santana made one mistake and it cost him.
Rookie Justin Verlander outdueled the 2004 American League Cy Young Award winner, and Vance Wilson homered to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
It was Detroit's sixth-straight win and sixth consecutive victory over Minnesota at home this season. It was the Twins' fourth-straight loss.
Verlander (5-3) allowed six hits in eight innings. He didn't issue a walk or have a strikeout.
"Usually not my style of pitching," said Verlander. "They were aggressive on the fastball and were putting it in play."
Santana , who had his four-game winning streak snapped, pitched a four-hitter. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one.
"It was one of those games that you were facing a top team and wanted to challenge them," said Santana. "I felt good and did my best out there, but that wasn't enough. It takes 25 guys to win and we couldn't get the job done tonight."
Chris Shelton drew a walk with one out in the eighth inning. After Santana struck out Brandon Inge, Wilson hit a shot over the left-field fence for his first homer of the season.
ATHLETICS 7, MARINERS 2: OAKLAND, Calif. - Barry Zito allowed eight hits over seven scoreless innings, and Oakland patiently battered Jamie Moyer in its third straight victory.
Mark Kotsay led five Oakland batters who drove in a run against Moyer as the 43-year-old struggled through six innings in his worst start of the season. Jose Lopez also made two rally-prolonging errors at second base for Seattle, leading to two unearned runs.
Zito coolly overcame two errors by his own outfielders, pitching out of a few jams. He had just one win in his previous six starts.
The A's scored their first run on Moyer's first three pitches. Jason Kendall's RBI single followed Kotsay's leadoff double to the wall on Moyer's opening toss.
Oakland scored three runs with a second-inning rally that included a run-scoring single by Bobby Kielty.
NOTABLE: Willie Bloomquist's streak of 19 consecutive stolen bases - longest in the majors - ended in the third inning when Zito threw to first as he broke for second.
BLUE JAYS 3, ANGELS 0: ANAHEIM, Calif. - Casey Janssen pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and combined with B.J. Ryan on the shutout in Toronto's victory over Los Angeles.
Janssen took a perfect game into the sixth inning of his fourth major-league start before Robb Quinlan spoiled it with a single to right field. He gave up another single to right by Dallas McPherson in the eighth.
Janssen, a 24-year-old right-hander, was backed by solid defense, highlighted by first baseman Lyle Overbay's diving catch on a hard-hit ball from McPherson that led off the third.
Janssen was born in Orange, across the freeway from Angel Stadium, and was an All-Pac-10 player at UCLA before being drafted by Toronto in 2004.
The Blue Jays led 1-0 when Gregg Zaun homered on an 0-2 pitch in the second.
Toronto added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Vernon Wells and extended its lead to 3-0 on an RBI double by Russ Adams in the sixth.
NOTABLE: The Angels have not won consecutive home games since April 10-11 against Texas and have lost eight of their last 10 at home.