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Oakland wins — thanks to Twins miscue

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The Oakland Athletics did just fine without Jermaine Dye.

While speculation swirled that the A's would get Dye in a three-team trade, they beat Minnesota 7-6 Tuesday night on third baseman Corey Koskie's error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Terrence Long doubled and scored when Ron Gant's grounder got through Koskie's legs, giving Oakland its eighth win in 10 games.

The surging A's, a major league-best 16-5 in July, closed within four games of the Twins for the wild-card spot. Minnesota lost its fifth in a row.

Jason Giambi hit his 23rd homer and drove in three runs for Oakland.

The A's rallied after Barry Zito gave up six runs in a career-low two innings. He had lost both his previous starts against the Twins this year.

ROYALS 6, MARINERS 1: Kris Wilson outpitched All-Star Freddy Garcia for the second time in five days and Kansas City ended host Seattle's four-game winning streak.

Wilson joined Oakland's Barry Zito and Mark Guthrie as the only pitchers to beat the AL West leaders twice this year.

Garcia has lost consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

YANKEES 6, TIGERS 5: Speedy Roger Cedeno was cut down at the plate for the final out as New York held off Detroit.

Cedeno, the majors' stolen base leader, tried to score from third base when reliever Mariano Rivera's pitch sailed over catcher Jorge Posada's head. Posada retrieved the loose ball, wheeled and threw to Rivera to barely nip Cedeno.

The key play came on a night when New York made a season-high four errors. Rivera's wild throw on Cedeno's tapper leading off the ninth set up the late drama — it was the reliever's first career error.

Detroit's Juan Encarnacion hit a monstrous home run, a shot that sailed an estimated 470 feet and was believed to be the first ball hit into the left-center field bleachers since Yankee Stadium was reconfigured in 1976.

RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4: David Cone won his sixth straight decision, drawing a standing ovation at Fenway Park when he left in the seventh inning.

Add this good news for the Red Sox: Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, out all season because of an injured right wrist, began his rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket. Hit above the hip by a pitch in the first inning, he went 0-for-3.

WHITE SOX 4, INDIANS 1: Sean Lowe struck out a career-high eight and pitched Chicago past Cleveland at Jacobs Field.

Ray Durham hit a two-run homer. The White Sox second baseman also threw out a runner at the plate, one of two Indians cut down trying to score.

ANGELS 9, DEVIL RAYS 6: Jarrod Washburn won his eighth straight decision, backed by home runs from Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Scott Spiezio.

Anaheim won for the eighth time in nine games.

RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 7: Pinch hitter Randy Velarde doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth and Texas beat visiting Baltimore.

Ruben Sierra singled with two outs and scored on an error by left fielder Mike Kinkade, who misplayed a fly ball by Gabe Kapler. Velarde's hit put the Rangers ahead.