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A’s sweep the Rangers

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Miguel Tejada homered and set a career-high with five hits and Eric Byrnes hit a three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, 9-2 on Thursday.

Rangers star Alex Rodriguez left with a bloody nose in the seventh inning after being hit by a throw when Mark Ellis stole second.

Ellis arrived ahead of the throw and Rodriguez dropped his glove as if to make the tag, but the ball hadn't arrived yet. The throw struck the shortstop in the nose. Rodriguez was tended to on the field by trainer Jamie Reed, then left the game.

Mark Mulder (10-4) pitched seven strong innings as the A's won their sixth straight game, matching their best streak of the season. He gave up 10 hits and two runs, striking out three with no walks.

INDIANS 10, TIGERS 3: Jody Gerut seems to have found a home in the major leagues.

Unfortunately for the rookie, he only gets to play there 10 times a season.

Gerut kept tagging the Detroit Tigers, getting two hits and driving in three runs Thursday to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 10-3 rout.

Of Gerut's 23 RBIs this season, 11 have come in 31 at-bats against Detroit.

RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 3, 10 innings: Johnny Damon lined an RBI single in the 10th as the Boston Red Sox, held to one hit through nine innings, beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Thursday.

Bill Mueller opened the 10th with a single off closer Billy Koch — Boston's first hit and second baserunner since the first inning. Koch then walked Damian Jackson, and Jason Varitek's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners with one out to set up Damon's go-ahead single. Brandon Lyon (3-3) pitched the final two innings to earn the win.

BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 1: Vernon Wells homered twice and drove in three runs, and Kelvim Escobar pitched six innings of four-hit ball as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Thursday.

Josh Phelps also homered for the Blue Jays, who outscored the Orioles 12-3 in sweeping the rain-shortened two-game series. Toronto has won eight of nine to move 10 games over .500 (41-31) for the first time since Sept. 23, 2000.

Wells hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth, both off Rick Helling (4-5). It was his second multihomer game of the season and third of his career.

Escobar (5-3) allowed one run, struck out six and walked two to earn his 50th career victory. He's 8-1 with nine saves lifetime against the Orioles — his most wins and saves versus any opponent.

TWINS 16, ROYALS 2: Everybody wanted to give Corey Koskie credit for igniting the Minnesota Twins. Everybody but Corey Koskie.

"Guys can holler all they want," the third baseman said after homering twice and driving in a career-high six runs as the Twins routed the Kansas City Royals 16-2 Thursday.

"But they've got to put it on themselves. Everybody took it upon themselves. I had nothing to do with it."

ANGELS 2, MARINERS 0: Ramon Ortiz worked 7 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth straight win, outdueling Jamie Moyer as the Anaheim Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Thursday.

Eric Owens hit a solo home run and Shawn Wooten scored on a sacrifice fly by Benji Gil as the Angels averted a four-game series sweep.

In the third, Owens drove a 1-1 pitch to left field, where Seattle's Randy Winn leaped but couldn't make the catch as the ball glanced off his glove and over the wall. The Angels went ahead 2-0 in the fifth when Wooten hit a one-out single to center. He took third on Bengie Molina's single to right and scored on Gil's drive to deep center.