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Ex-Buzzman leads the Twins to win

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Twins 7, Indians 2

CLEVELAND — Former Salt Lake Buzzman Matt Lawton hit two home runs and the Minnesota Twins sent the Cleveland Indians to their third straight loss, 7-2 Friday night.

Midre Cummings, who also homered, Corey Koskie and Lawton each had three of the Twins' 16 hits.

Ricky Ledee, in his Cleveland debut after being acquired from the Yankees in a trade Thursday night, started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Lawton hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Jim Brower (2-2). Lawton led off the sixth with his sixth home run, off Brian Williams.

Mark Redman (5-3) won for the first time since May 30. He allowed one run on four hits in five innings, snapping his three-game losing streak.

LaTroy Hawkins gave up one run in four innings for his third save.

ORIOLES 8, BLUE JAYS 3: At Baltimore, Albert Belle and Harold Baines had two RBIs apiece in a six-run third inning, and Pat Rapp earned his first win in a month as Baltimore ended a 13-game losing streak against Toronto.

Will Clark homered and Delino DeShields drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have won three of four after a nine-game skid.

Rapp (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out three.

Toronto's Carlos Delgado went 0-for-4, ending his 22-game hitting streak. Tony Batista hit his 21st homer for the Blue Jays.

Roy Halladay (3-5) yielded seven runs, four hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings, his shortest stint as a starter this season.

DEVIL RAYS 6, YANKEES 4: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay finished the best month in franchise history at 15-11, while the struggling Yankees closed out their first losing month since August 1996 at 10-15.

Russ Johnson, who hit a two-run single and walked four times, got the game-winning RBI when Jeff Nelson (6-2) walked him on four pitches with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.

Todd Erdos replaced Nelson and walked Felix Martinez to force in another run to make it 6-4. The Yankees issued 11 walks.

Bryan Rekar limited the Yankees to four hits over seven innings before Jim Mecir (6-1) gave up a two-run homer to Bernie Williams that tied it 4-4.

TIGERS 3, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., after allowing only four hits and no runs over eight innings, Jeff Weaver (5-6) gave up consecutive singles to Johnny Damon and pinch-hitter Mark Quinn in the ninth as Detroit held on.

Todd Jones relieved and gave up an RBI single to Mike Sweeney, but got three outs for his league-leading 21st save in 22 opportunities.

Robert Fick hit a three-run homer in the third inning off Dan Reichert (3-5) for Detroit, which managed only five hits.

WHITE SOX 10, RED SOX 4: At Chicago, Frank Thomas and Brook Fordyce each hit two home runs for Chicago.

Thomas hit a solo homer in the fifth inning off Bryce Florie and added another solo drive, his 22nd, an inning later off Rheal Cormier.

Carlos Lee also homered for Chicago, which improved its lead over Cleveland in the AL Central to 9 1/2 games.

Jim Parque (8-2) won his fifth straight decision in seven starts, allowing eight hits and three runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings.

RANGERS 13, MARINERS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Rafael Palmeiro had three hits and Royce Clayton had three RBIs as both homered as Texas won for the fourth time in five games.

Chad Curtis, Mike Lamb and Rusty Greer all drove in two runs for Texas. Seattle lost for the second time in 10 games.