Andy Pettitte became the American League's first 12-game winner Saturday, allowing only three hits over seven innings as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.
Pettitte (12-4) walked one and struck out four, throwing 97 pitches and showing no aftereffects from the left elbow stiffness that caused him to be held back in the Yankees' rotation.New York expanded its lead over Baltimore in the AL East to 51/2 games in front of 45,295, the third-largest crowd at Yankee Stadium this season.
John Wetteland allowed Bobby Bonilla's eighth home run with one out in the ninth, a three-run shot that made it 4-3. But he finished up for his major-league-leading 25th save.
The Yankees scored three times in the fourth and once in the fifth off Mike Mussina (10-5).
Tino Martinez hit a two-run double, Gerald Williams hit an RBI double and Ruben Sierra had a run-scoring single.
Rangers 9, Mariners 5
At Seattle, Kevin Elster drove in four runs and Juan Gonzalez homered twice as Texas bounced back from an 11-run defeat a night earlier.
Brewers 7, Blue Jays 4
At Toronto, Kevin Seitzer hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning and Scott Karl won for the fifth time in six decisions.
Jose Valentin's home run in the fifth extended the Milwaukee team record for homers in consecutive games to 18 as the Brewers won their third straight.
Karl (8-3) gave up three runs on eight hits in seven-plus innings to win his third straight decision.
Athletics 11, Angels 9
At Anaheim, Calif., Oakland hit three home runs to tie a major-league record with 18 in four games, and the Athletics scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on shortstop Gary DiSarcina's error. Jason Giambi, Terry Steinbach and Geronimo Berroa homered for the A's.
Red Sox 13, Tigers 6
At Boston, John Valentin homered twice and Reggie Jefferson singled, doubled and tripled for Boston.
Valentin hit solo homers in his first two at-bats and Jefferson went 3-for-3, also driving in two runs as Boston rallied from 2-0 and 6-2 deficits.
Twins 12, Royals 7
At Kansas City, Mo., Marty Cordova had four hits to extend his hitting streak to 23 games and Matt Lawton homered during a six-run third inning that sent the Minnesota Twins to a win over the Kansas City Royals.
Cordova's hitting streak is the longest in the majors this season.
Indians 3, White Sox 2, 10 innings
At Chicago, Jim Thome's two-run single with two outs in the 10th kept Cleveland alone atop the AL Central.
The Indians, who had lost seven of their previous eight games, were two outs away from being tied in the standings by the White Sox. But they rallied against Chicago closer Roberto Hernandez to tie it in the ninth.