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Twin wins 20th; Texas, Angels fall

Johan Santana became the second 20-game winner in the major leagues with his 13th consecutive victory, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Indians, 8-2, in Cleveland last night.

Bert Blyleven set the previous Twins mark with 258 in 1973.

Santana improved to 13-0 with a 1.18 ERA in 14 starts since the All-Star break.

The lefthander, who entered this season with a 23-12 career record, tied Curt Schilling of the Red Sox for the major league lead in wins.

Santana's 13th straight win broke the team mark set by Scott Erickson in 1991 and matched by Brad Radke in 1997.

The Twins built a 6-0 lead by scoring five runs with two outs in the fourth off Kyle Denney (1-2). Henry Blanco, Shannon Stewart, and Jacque Jones hit consecutive RBI singles, and Lew Ford followed with a two-run double. Augie Ojeda's aggressive base running helped the Twins take a 1-0 lead in the third.

Ojeda hit a leadoff single, then raced all the way from first to third on a ground out to third baseman Casey Blake, beating first baseman Josh Phelps's throw back across the diamond. Ojeda scored on Ford's two-out single to right.

Victor Martinez singled to left to open the Cleveland fourth and scored on a double to right-center field by Phelps.

Santana then struck out Ryan Ludwick and got Ernie Young looking at a third strike before walking Grady Sizemore. Brandon Phillips lined to third to end the inning.

Mariners 8, Rangers 7 -- Ichiro Suzuki had two more hits to move within eight of George Sisler's major league record, and Randy Winn's infield single in the ninth helped visiting Seattle end Texas's five-game winning streak.

Athletics 6, Angels 3 -- Rich Harden pitched seven strong innings, Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer, and visiting Oakland took a three-game lead in the West with a victory over Anaheim. Anaheim remained tied for second with Texas, both of which remained six games back of the Red Sox in the wild-card race.

Elsewhere -- Aubrey Huff hit his 29th homer and Mark Hendrickson pitched seven solid innings, leading the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2 . . . In Baltimore, Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer in the ninth to lead the Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers . . . John Buck homered twice to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-6 win over the White Sox in Chicago.

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