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Athletics defeat Orioles to extend lead

BASEBALL Oakland completed a four-game sweep of Baltimore, while in Miami the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter became the first 19-game winner in the major leagues

AP , MIAMIAP, BOSTON

Nick Swisher of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated after hitting the game-winning home run in the 12th inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Nick Swisher and Mark Ellis homered off Jorge Julio in a five-run 12th inning, and the Oakland Athletics completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 10-5 victory on Monday.

Oakland scored all of its run on homers. Jay Payton hit a two-run shot in first inning and Dan Johnson connected with two on in the sixth. The A's have 18 home runs in their last six games.

The victory enabled Oakland to extend its lead in the American League West to one full game over the Los Angeles Angels, who were idle. The teams were to begin a three-game series yesterday in Anaheim.

Kiko Calero (3-1), the sixth Oakland pitcher, worked two scoreless innings to seal the A's sixth straight win. It was Oakland's first four-game sweep in Baltimore since the A's moved from Kansas City in 1968.

Jay Gibbons homered and Melvin Mora had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost nine of 10.

Indians 10, Tigers 8

At Cleveland, Jhonny Peralta, Coco Crisp and Ben Broussard drove in two runs apiece as Cleveland kept up its late-season surge.

The Indians overcame a five-run deficit in the first inning by scoring six times in their first at-bat and improved to a major league-best 19-7 in August.

Rookie Fernando Cabrera (2-0) cleaned up after Indians starter Scott Elarton, allowing one run in 2 2-3 innings. Rafael Betancourt pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Bob Howry worked a perfect eighth.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his league-leading 35th save in 40 attempts.

Broussard hit an RBI triple in the first off Jeremy Bonderman (14-11) and Casey Blake had three hits for Cleveland.

Dmitri Young had a grand slam and five RBIs, and Carlos Pena homered for Detroit.

Rangers 7, White Sox 5

At Arlington, Texas, rookie Juan Dominguez allowed seven hits in eight innings, and Mark Teixeira had three hits and two RBIs to lead Texas.

Dominguez (2-3) gave up two runs, struck out three and walked two in his 11th major league start.

Mark DeRosa and Kevin Mench homered for the Rangers, who have won five of seven on their 10-game homestand after a 1-12 trip that dropped them from contention.

Geoff Blum homered for the AL Central leaders, who have lost 10 of their last 15 and are 0-3 at Texas this year.

Chicago made four errors, matching its season high, three by second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

Mark Buerhle (14-7) gave up seven runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in seven innings. He came in 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 career appearances against Texas.

Twins 3, Royals 1, 10 innings

At Kansas City, Missouri, Nick Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to lead Minnesota.

Shawn Camp (1-4) walked Jason Bartlett and Michael Ryan with one out in the 10th and Punto, in a 2-for-17 slide, doubled to gap in left-center.

Juan Rincon (6-4) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth and pitched two scoreless innings. Joe Nathan got three outs for his 33rd save in 36 chances, completing a five-hitter.

Minnesota, struggling to stay in contention in the AL wild-card race, is 13-6 in extra-inning games, the most extra-inning wins in the major leagues.

Kansas City has lost four straight after winning four of five following a 19-game losing streak. The Royals are 4-20 in August.

Chris Carpenter pitched 7 2-3 innings to become the first 19-game winner in the major leagues, and David Eckstein went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 on Monday.

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