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Mariners Score Big, Get Wild-Card Lead

From Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners put together their biggest inning of the season Saturday.

Carlos Guillen had two doubles and three RBIs in a 10-run fifth inning, helping Gil Meche to his first win in four starts as the Mariners routed the Baltimore Orioles, 13-1, at Seattle.

The Mariners moved ahead of Boston by a half game in the American League wild-card race.

Seattle scored all 10 runs with two out, and five of the runs came after third baseman Tony Batista’s fielding error.

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The Orioles committed three errors, leading to seven unearned runs, and lost their seventh in a row.

The Mariners came into the game with eight losses in 10 games, which included a season-worst six-game losing streak.

Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 2 -- Ted Lilly took a one-hitter into the seventh inning as the A’s won at Oakland for their season-high eighth straight win. Lilly (8-9) retired 11 of the first 12 batters before giving up an infield single to Aubrey Huff in the fourth as the A’s retained a two-game lead in the AL West and improved to a major league-best 19-9 in August.

Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his AL-leading 37th save in 42 chances. Eric Chavez went two for four with two RBIs, and Scott Hatteberg hit his 11th homer for Oakland.

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Minnesota 2, Texas 0 -- Johan Santana pitched six shutout innings before leaving because of a left hamstring injury and Shannon Stewart drove in two runs as the Twins won at Arlington, Texas. Santana (9-3) gave up five hits to win his sixth straight decision. Santana is 8-2 in his 13 starts this season.

Toronto 9, Cleveland 3 -- Cory Lidle (12-11) got his first win in more than a month and Frank Catalanotto hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run sixth inning for Toronto at Cleveland.


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