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Athletics 8, Yankees 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eric Chavez and Ben Grieve each drove in three runs, leading Kevin Appier and the Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 8-1 Friday night.

Chavez hit a bases-loaded double and Grieve had a two-run single during a five-run third inning against David Cone (3-11). Grieve later homered off reliever Randy Choate.

Appier (12-9) gave up four hits and an unearned run in eight innings. He struck out eight and walked four. He won for the fourth time in five decisions following a season-high five-game losing streak.

Cone gave up six runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.

RANGERS 1, BLUE JAYS 0 (11): At Arlington, Texas, Doug Davis matched David Wells for eight scoreless innings and Rusty Greer's RBI single in the 11th gave the Texas Rangers a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bill Haselman led off the Texas 11th with a single off Billy Koch (6-3). Pinch-runner Scarborough Green went to second when Koch hit Mike Lamb with a pitch while Lamb was attempting to bunt.

ROYALS 6, RED SOX 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Jeff Suppan pitched a five-hitter and the Kansas City Royals snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox.

TWINS 8, TIGERS 3: At Minneapolis, Jay Canizaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs to give Brad Radke all the support he needed in the Minnesota Twins' win over the Detroit Tigers.

ORIOLES 4, DEVIL RAYS 3: At Baltimore, Jerry Hairston homered and drove in a career-high four runs as the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat Tampa Bay.

Hairston hit a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game.

WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 1: At Seattle, Mike Sirotka beat Seattle for the second time this month and Herbert Perry had three RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Mariners.

Seattle lost its third straight and for the 11th time in 12 games.

The Mariners, who led the AL West by seven games on Aug. 11, watched their lead over Oakland dwindle to 1 1/2 games.

ANGELS 4, INDIANS 1: At Cleveland, rookie Matt Wise pitched three-hit ball for 8 1-3 innings and Tim Salmon homered and drove in four runs as the Anaheim Angels beat the Cleveland Indians.