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Escobar, Anderson lift Angels

Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer, leading the Anaheim Angels to a 5-1 win over the Mariners last night in Seattle.

The Angels moved 4 1/2 games behind the idle Red Sox in the AL wild-card race.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went hitless -- 0 for 4 with a walk -- for the third time in four games, but still is on a pace for 262 hits, which would break the 84-year-old major league record of 257 for a season set by Hall of Famer George Sisler.

Escobar (10-10) became a double-digit winner for the fourth time in his career, but lost his shutout bid when Jose Lopez homered with two outs in the seventh. Escobar allowed one run and six hits, walked one, threw a wild pitch, and struck out seven.

Scot Shields got two outs in the eighth, and Francisco Rodriguez got four outs for his 12th save.

Athletics 7, Rangers 6 -- Eric Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading Oakland. Mark McLemore drew a bases-loaded walk to score the tying run, then Chavez broke an 0-for-13 stretch with his drive to center off Francisco Cordero (3-2), who blew his fourth save in 48 chances.

Justin Duchscherer (6-6) pitched the 10th to earn the victory for the A's, who maintained their two-game division lead over the Angels.

Alfonso Soriano tied it at 5 with two outs in the ninth on his second homer of the night -- his first multihomer game this year and seventh of his career.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 1 -- Bruce Chen pitched his first complete game to win for the first time in more than two years, and Rafael Palmeiro homered during a five-run first inning to lead visiting Baltimore. Chen (1-0) allowed just five hits and a run in his first win since April 21, 2002, for Montreal vs. the New York Mets. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Pitching for his sixth team in three seasons, including for the Red Sox for a brief time last season, Chen threw his first career complete game a night after the Orioles used 10 pitchers -- a record for a nine-inning game.

Toronto starter Justin Miller (3-4), pitching a day after his grandfather died, got two outs in the first before allowing seven straight batters to reach.

Twins 5, Tigers 3 -- Lew Ford homered and drove in two runs to back a strong outing by Brad Radke, leading Minnesota to victory in Detroit and a sweep of the four-game series. Augie Ojeda also homered for the Twins, who have won six straight, and 11 of 13.

Radke (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings to improve to 17-6 lifetime against the Tigers.

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