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Yankees expand their lead in AL East

AMERICAN BASEBALL Bernie Williams, Karim Garcia and Alfonso Soriano came through with home runs for New York, helping the Yanks beat the Royals


Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez forces out San Francisco Giants' Rich Aurilia in the fifth inning at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, Tuesday. Aurilia was attempting to score on a hit by Pedro Feliz.


American League

Karim Garcia homered for the third straight game as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Tuesday night to open a season-high 6 1/2-game lead in the American League East.

Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams also homered as the Yankees won their sixth successive game to move a season-high 30 games over .500 at 77-47.

Andy Pettitte (15-7) took a shutout into the seventh inning, but was hurt by three errors -- two by second baseman Alfonso Soriano.

"I added a little fuel to the fire with a couple of bad pitches," Pettitte said.

Pettitte allowed three runs -- one earned -- and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions.

"Andy made pitches to get people out, but we just didn't catch the ball," Torre said.

Jeff Nelson struck out two in 1 1-3 perfect innings and Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 26th save.

Kevin Appier (8-9), who pitched six scoreless innings in beating the Yankees last week, allowed six runs and six hits in six innings.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 1

In Toronto, Edgar Martinez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning and drove in four runs as Seattle thrashed Toronto.

Seattle remained four games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West.

Ryan Franklin (9-10) allowed one run and five hits in six innings.

Blue Jays pitcher Kelvim Escobar (9-7), lost for the first time in seven starts since June 17.

Twins 8, Indians 2

In Cleveland, Johan Santana (7-3) struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed eight hits in eight innings as Minnesota beat Cleveland.

Minnesota closed within 1 1/2 games of Kansas City, the closest the Twins have been the AL Central since July 2.

Matt LeCroy hit a three-run homer in the sixth off Jason Davis (7-10) and Dustan Mohr added a two-run homer in the eighth for Minnesota, 4-8 against Cleveland this season.

Rangers 5, Tigers 4

In Detroit, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and tripled as Texas beat Detroit for its seventh straight win.

Detroit has lost seven consecutive games and 11 of 12, falling a franchise-worst 62 games under .500 at 31-93. The Tigers (31-93) are 6-26 since the All-Star break and have had six losing streaks of seven or more games this year.

John Thomson (11-10) improved to 4-0 in his last six starts, giving up four runs and 11 hits in eight-plus innings. Brian Shouse got three outs for his first career save, escaping a two-on, no-outs jam in the ninth.

Mike Maroth (6-18) lost for the fifth time in six starts, giving up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He is the first pitcher with 18 losses by Aug. 19 since Clyde Wright and Randy Jones in 1974.

White Sox 5, Angels 2

In Chicago, Carlos Lee keyed a four-run seventh with a bases-loaded single off Scott Shields (3-4) as Chicago moved within one game first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Adam Riggs and Alfredo Amezaga hit their first major league homers for the Angels, but Amezaga's throwing error and back-to-back bunt singles helped Chicago break a 1-1 tie in the seventh.

Jon Garland (9-9) allowed five hits in eight innings. Tom Gordon pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

National League

Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead, three-run double and a two-run single in a 10-run eighth inning Tuesday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5.

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