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AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP : White Sox Make It 6 in a Row

From Associated Press

Good luck and good play were a winning combination for the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Sammy Sosa’s run-scoring double keyed a five-run seventh inning that helped the White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-3, at Chicago for their sixth consecutive victory.

The White Sox had only two hits in the seventh, but they were aided by a wild pitch, an error and three walks.

Ozzie Guillen singled with one out in the seventh, stole second and scored the tying run on Sosa’s double off reliever Brian Holton (1-1). Kevin Hickey came in and walked Lance Johnson before being replaced by Mark Williamson, who walked Ivan Calderon and Ron Kittle to force in Sosa with the go-ahead run.

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Johnson scored on a wild pitch. First baseman Randy Milligan then booted Carlton Fisk’s grounder, allowing Calderon and pinch-runner Rod McCray to score.

Reliever Barry Jones (6-0), who pitched two shutout innings, got the victory.

Detroit 7, Texas 5--Chet Lemon doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Tigers beat the Rangers at Arlington, Tex., to complete a three-game sweep.

Pinch-hitter Mark Salas opened the inning with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Tracy Jones, who stole second and went to third when catcher Mike Stanley’s throw went into center field.

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Lemon then doubled off reliever Jeff Russell (1-3), scoring Jones to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead. Mike Heath followed with a single that drove in Lemon.

Detroit reliever Mike Henneman (1-3) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the victory, giving the Tigers their first three-game winning streak since September. The Rangers have lost four in a row and 12 of their last 16.

Texas starter Nolan Ryan went four innings, giving up five runs on five hits with five walks, five strikeouts and a hit batter. It was his fourth consecutive winless start.

Seattle 14, Toronto 6--Brian Giles drove in seven runs with a pair of homers as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays at Toronto.

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Giles chased Toronto starter Jimmy Key (4-2) from the game when he drilled a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the third. He followed with his first career grand slam, a drive into the left-field bleachers in the fifth off reliever Frank Wills.

Giles has three home runs this week. He had six in his career before this season.

Minnesota 4, New York 1-- Rookie Kevin Tapani allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings to win his third consecutive game as the Twins beat the Yankees at New York.

Tapani, acquired last season from the New York Mets in the deal for Frank Viola, gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked none.

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Rick Aguilera finished to earn his 10th save.


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