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Athletics win matchup of AL powers on Giambi HR

Yankees pound out 16 hits, 13 runs to defeat Mariners

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Athletics 5, White Sox 3

CHICAGO — Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics won their sixth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Kevin Appier (10-8) allowed two runs, six hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings for the win, his second straight following a five-game losing streak.

Chicago, which has lost eight of 12, drew just 30,019 for the start of the big three-game series.

Mike Sirotka (9-9) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings.

YANKEES 13, MARINERS 6: At New York, Jorge Posada broke out of a 1-for-15 slump with four hits and four RBIs, including a go-ahead double in the seventh, and Paul O'Neill went 4-for-4 to lead New York.

Starting a stretch of 27 consecutive games against teams from the AL West, the Yankees rapped out 16 hits and overcame a shaky outing by Andy Pettitte (12-6) to move a season-high 14 games over .500.

Bernie Williams added a three-run homer and Glenallen Hill had a two-run shot for the Yankees, who broke open the game by scoring five runs off three pitchers in the seventh and adding three more runs in the eighth.

Jaime Moyer (11-4), who hadn't lost on the road since July 7, 1999, gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

TWINS 3, TIGERS 1: At Detroit, Eric Milton (11-6) pitched seven solid innings and pinch-hitter Matt Lawton hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning for Minnesota.

Lawton, who hadn't played since Monday because of a sprained right toe, pinch-hit for Chad Moeller with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth. He lined a 3-1 pitch from Nelson Cruz into left, giving the Twins a 3-1 lead.

Milton (11-6) gave up one run and four hits to win his third straight start. Bob Wells pitched two innings for his eighth save.

INDIANS 11, ANGELS 10: At Cleveland, Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Cleveland past Anaheim.

Thome hit a 2-2 pitch from Troy Percival (4-5) into the bleachers in right center for his 29th homer.

Manny Ramirez drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Bill Selby. Thome then delivered against Percival, who fell to 0-7 with an 8.72 ERA in his career against Cleveland.

BLUE JAYS 10, RANGERS 8: At Toronto, Darrin Fletcher hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lead Toronto over Texas.

With the score 8-all, Tony Batista singled off Mike Venafro (1-1) with two outs in the eighth, Jose Cruz Jr. was hit by a pitch and Fletcher doubled down the left-field line, giving him three RBIs.

Paul Quantrill (2-5) got the final out of the eighth, and Billy Koch pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances.

RED SOX 5, ROYALS 4: At Boston, Brian Daubach hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as Boston overcame a four-run deficit to beat Kansas City.

Daubach, in a 4-for-33 slide, hit his 16th homer, a drive off Andy Larkin (0-1) that sent the Royals to their seventh loss in eight games.

ORIOLES 10, DEVIL RAYS 9, 15 INNINGS: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Delino DeShields knocked in the go-ahead run with a 15th inning single as Baltimore won despite blowing a seven-run lead.

Brady Anderson drew a two-out walk off Esteban Yan (5-8), the seventh Tampa Bay pitcher. Anderson went to third on Melvin Mora's single. DeShields followed with his hit to right.