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Mulder snags 15th victory

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Athletics demolished the Yankees as Oakland has won nine of its last 10 games

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Cubs starting pitcher Kerry Wood pitches against the Rockies during the eighth inning in Denver, Colorado, Tuesday. After giving up three runs in the first inning, Wood pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his sixth win of the season against four losses.

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American LeagueScott Hatteberg homered twice and drove in five runs, while Mark Mulder hung on for his major league-leading 15th win, leading the streaking Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 13-4 Tuesday night.

Jorge Posada and Gary Sheffield hit early home runs that put New York ahead 4-1, but the A's stormed back to win for the ninth time in 10 games in a matchup of American League division leaders.

"The defense was outstanding and we had a lot of good at-bats," A's manager Ken Macha said. "I don't think Mark had his best stuff."

Mulder (15-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings for his 13th win in 14 decisions. AL player of the week Eric Byrnes got three more hits, and Adam Melhuse also homered for Oakland.

"I was just struggling with my delivery in the early innings. Every night is different. Some starts you feel great. Tonight, I didn't," Mulder said.

The A's teed off on Jon Lieber (7-7), who allowed 11 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Hatteberg hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Lieber and a three-run drive off Felix Heredia in the eighth.

Red Sox 5, Devil Rays 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Curt Schilling pitched a six-hitter for his third complete game of the season and Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer to lead Boston over Tampa Bay.

Schilling (13-5) struck out seven and walked one in his 82nd complete game.

Bill Mueller drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who have won two straight since dropping a pair to AL Central-leading Minnesota. They remained a half-game behind Texas in the AL wild-card race.

Rocco Baldelli homered for Tampa Bay and Rob Bell (4-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Schilling retired 12 in a row after Aubrey Huff's two-out single in the first, a streak that ended on Geoff Blum's single with two outs in the fifth.

Rangers 5, Tigers 4

In Detroit, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered, and Eric Young hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning to lead Texas pasr Detroit.

Young went 3-for-5 for the struggling Rangers, who won for just the third time in 10 games.

Frank Francisco (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings in relief of Kenny Rogers, who failed in an attempt to become the American League's second 14-game winner. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 34 tries.

With the game tied at 4 in the seventh, Gary Matthews Jr. led off with a double, took third on Rod Barajas' sacrifice bunt and came home with the go-ahead run on Young's single to right off Nate Robertson (9-6).

Orioles 9, Mariners 7

Orioles 5, Mariners 4

In Baltimore, Rafael Palmeiro passed Babe Ruth on the career hits list, as Baltimore swept a doubleheader against Seattle for the first time in 16 years.

After going 2-for-3 in the day game to tie Ruth for 36th place, Palmeiro moved past the Bambino in the night game with his 2,874th career hit, a fourth-inning single to right off Jamie Moyer. Palmeiro also drove in three during the first game.

Javy Lopez hit a three-run home run in the first game, and Melvin Mora and Larry Bigbie went deep in the second for the Orioles, who clinched their first home series win since May 7-9.

Seattle, which stranded 25 runners over the two games, has lost five straight and eight of nine.

None of the starters factored in the decisions. Jorge Julio (2-2) and Jason Grimsley (4-5) won for Baltimore, while Clint Nageotte (1-5) and George Sherrill (0-1) took the losses. Julio also collected his 16th save in the opener.

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