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Mariners take a Lowe blow from Sox ‘pen

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White Sox 2, Mariners 1

The White Sox and Mariners pitched like division leaders, even though Seattle isn't playing like one.

Ray Durham's tiebreaking homer in the eighth off Freddy Garcia sent AL West-leading Seattle to its 12th loss in 14 games, 2-1 against Chicago on Sunday.

Chicago, which leads the AL Central by eight games, held Seattle to four hits for the second time in the three-game series.

Sean Lowe came out of the bullpen for Chicago in place of James Baldwin, whose start was moved back to Tuesday because of a tired arm. Lowe gave up one run, four hits and two walks in five innings.

Manager Jerry Manuel said more starts might be assigned to the right-hander.

"He really pitched well," Manuel said.

"If they want me to start again, fine," Lowe said. "If they want me to go back to the bullpen, I'll do that, too. It doesn't matter to me right now. I just want to win."

Rookie Lorenzo Barcelo (2-1) pitched three perfect innings of relief for the win. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Garcia allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings for Seattle.

"We faced pretty good pitching," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "What you don't want the White Sox to do is get ahead of you and have to face a guy like Foulke. There's a reason the White Sox have won more games (77) than anybody in the league. It's usually pretty good pitching at the end of a ballgame."

YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 5: Pinch-hitter Bernie Williams drove in the go-ahead run in New York's three-run eighth off Jim Mecir (8-3) at Oakland.

Denny Neagle (4-4) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in seven innings and struck out six.

ROYALS 11, RED SOX 7: Dave McCarty and Jermaine Dye each hit two-run homers, and Dan Reichert won his fourth straight decision for host Kansas City.

Reichert (8-6) gave up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Tim Wakefield (6-9) lost to the Royals for the second time this month and fell to 0-4 in his last eight starts.

ORIOLES 3, DEVIL RAYS 2: Jay Spurgeon (1-0) allowed two runs in seven innings to win his first start in the majors, and Melvin Mora homered as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay at home.

It was the sixth win in eight games for the Orioles, who took three of four from the last-place Devil Rays.

TWINS 7, TIGERS 6 (10): Midre Cummings hit a game-winning RBI single in the 10th and Ron Coomer had three RBIs at the Metrodome.

Todd Jones (0-3), after blowing a one-run lead in the ninth, issued a pair of one-out walks in the 10th. Matt Lawton hit an infield single to load the bases. Cummings' liner to left gave Minnesota its 30th come-from-behind victory.

BLUE JAYS 6, RANGERS 4: Darrin Fletcher hit three homers and Steve Trachsel pitched six strong innings as visiting Toronto beat Texas. Trachsel (7-11) won for the first time since June 27, allowing three runs and six hits.

Jose Cruz Jr. and Shannon Stewart also homered, giving the Blue Jays a major league-leading 214 for the season.

ANGELS 10, INDIANS 9: Tim Salmon hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth and Anaheim held on to beat Cleveland.

Salmon's 30th homer made Anaheim the first AL team to have four players with at least that many. Salmon also had a two-run double in a five-run sixth.