Can you beat the Cleveland Indians, the way they've been pulling out games this year?
Once again, the Indians finished a game in Hollywood fashion as they beat Toronto 4-3 Wednesday night with two runs in the bottom of the 14th inning, capped by Albert Belle's home run."We all should be beyond the `surprised' stage by now," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "You anticipate it."
The Indians have been just fantastic in the late going. Wednesday night marked the eighth time they have ended a home game with a home run. They've won 23 games in their last at-bat this season, and they're 10-0 in extra-inning games while posting a remarkable major league-best record of 79-35.
"The more improbable it gets, the more these guys do it," Hargrove said.
The Indians, who have won seven straight overall, reduced their magic number for clinching the AL Central to 10.
White Sox 10, Tigers 7
At Chicago, Ron Karkovice hit a three-run homer in the seventh as the White Sox rallied to beat Detroit.
Red Sox 7, Mariners 6
At Boston, recently promoted Matt Stairs hit a three-run double, keying a five-run seventh inning. The victory by the AL East-leading Red Sox left the wild-card race tighter than ever. Seattle, Milwaukee and Kansas City are all one-half game behind Texas for the top spot.
Seattle lost starting pitcher Chris Bosio in the first inning when he was hit in the jaw by Mike Greenwell's grounder. Bosio was taken for X-rays, which were negative, and sustained a cut on his chin.
Royals 2, Brewers 1
At Kansas City, Mo., Mark Gubicza and Jeff Montgomery combined on a four-hitter and Kansas City held off visiting Milwaukee in a game between wild-card contenders.
Athletics 7, Orioles 2
At Baltimore, Terry Steinbach homered, Brent Gates got three hits and rookie Doug Johns won his third straight start as Oakland defeated Baltimore.
Cal Ripken, playing in his 2,124th consecutive game, doubled in the eighth inning - his 2,300th hit during the streak. But the Orioles' shortstop is mired in a 4-for-20 drought as he draws closer to Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 straight games.
Twins 6, Rangers 2
At Minneapolis, Kirby Puckett and Marty Cordova homered during a five-run rally in the eighth and Minnesota handed visiting Texas its fourth consecutive loss.
The Twins completed their first three-game sweep of the season. Minnesota matched its longest winning streak of the year at three.
Yankees 4, Angels 1
At New York, Andy Pettitte pitched a five-hitter that led the Yankees past California, the fifth straight loss for the AL West-leading Angels.
Rockies 6, Pirates 0
At Pittsburgh, Colorado, which leads the majors with 169 homers, became the last team in baseball to get a shutout this season.
Brian Rekar went eight innings and Steve Reed finished the seven-hitter as the Rockies rebounded from a near no-hitter and ended, for them, a homer drought.
On Tuesday night, Paul Wagner came within one out of no-hitting the Rockies, their second straight game without a homer. That changed Wednesday night with homers by Larry Walker, Ellis Burks and Jayhawk Owens. The win moved Colorado into a tie for first in the NL West with Los Angeles.
Giants 4, Phillies 1
At San Francisco, William VanLandingham improved to 9-0 in 16 career starts at Candlestick Park, while the Phillies lost their ninth straight there.
Marlins 4, Cubs 1
At Miami, John Burkett took a shutout into the ninth inning, finished with a five-hitter and set a franchise record for wins in a season. Burkett (12-11) walked three and stuck out five.
Cardinals 4, Reds 3
At Cincinnati, David Bell, whose grandfather, Gus, and father, Buddy, played for the Reds, hit his first major-league homer in his hometown. The two-run shot in the sixth off Mark Portugal (8-9) broke a 2-2 tie and prevented the Cardinals, the NL's worst road team, from being swept at Riverfront Stadium.
Astros 2, Braves 0
At Atlanta, Shane Reynolds and two relievers combined on a seven-hitter as the Astros won their second straight after losing a team-record 11.
Mets 8, Dodgers 1
At Los Angeles, Mike Piazza, the league's leading hitter, struck out three consecutive times with the bases loaded as New York beat Los Angeles for the fifth straight time.
Padres 3, Expos 2
At San Diego, Archi Cianfrocco was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Greg Harris (1-2) allowed one-out singles to Steve Finley, Tony Gwynn and Ken Caminiti. He then hit Cianfrocco on the left knee with a 1-2 curveball.