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Twins exploit error to outflank Rangers

BASEBALL Minnesota rumbled to a 8-6 win over Texas after Doug Brocail bungled a pitch in the sixth, while the Brewers enjoyed their best day at the plate in four years

AP , MINNEAPOLIS

Cleveland Indians starter C.C. Sabathia delivers the ball against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning on Wednesday in Detroit. Sabathia threw his first complete game of the season as the Indians finished a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 4-1 victory.

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The Minnesota Twins overcame a five-run deficit, taking advantage of a throwing error by pitcher Doug Brocail on a bunt to score two runs in the sixth inning and beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Wednesday.

Mike Redmond and Luis Rodriguez drove in two runs each for the Twins, who trailed 5-0 in the second inning for the second game in a row. On Tuesday, they took a one-run lead into the ninth before losing to the Rangers 10-7.

"That's the team I remember," said Jacque Jones, who had two hits and scored two runs. "You bounce back like that and don't hang your head."

Joe Mays, J.C. Romero (4-3), Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan combined for seven innings of one-run, five-hit relief. With runners on second and third, Nathan struck out Kevin Mench for his 26th save.

"It's really nice to get out there the next day," said Nathan, who allowed a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira on Tuesday. "You don't want to be sitting down there thinking about it any longer than you have to."

Rangers starter Chris Young left after one inning complaining of arm fatigue. Brocail (5-3) gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and six hits in two-plus innings.

Athletics 8, Mariners 7

At Oakland, California, Mark Kotsay and Eric Chavez hit two-run doubles in the ninth off Eddie Guardado (1-2) and Nick Swisher walked on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and the bases loaded against Jeff Nelson.

The Athletics had not overcome a four-run ninth inning deficit in a win since July 1957, when the Kansas City A's beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chavez drove in four runs as the A's stopped a four-game losing streak. Huston Street (5-1) got the win.

Richie Sexson hit his 33rd homer, and Raul Ibanez doubled twice for Seattle.

Red Sox 6, Angels 3

At Boston, Bronson Arroyo recovered from a rough beginning, and the Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit with the help of David Ortiz's two-run single.

Ortiz, whose homer in the bottom of the ninth gave Boston a 3-2 win in Tuesday night's series opener, tied the game with his single, one pitch after he appeared to swing his bat far enough for a third strike. Angels manager Mike Scioscia yelled from the dugout and was ejected.

Later in the third inning, Trot Nixon doubled in the go-ahead run.

Arroyo (12-9) gave up three runs and five hits in the first two innings then allowed just three singles in the next six. Mike Timlin retired three batters for his seventh save.

Ervin Santana (8-7) allowed six runs in four innings.

Yankees 5, Devil Rays 4

At New York, Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Yankees got a much-needed victory against a surprising nemesis.

Hideki Matsui hit his 400th professional homer and drove in three runs for the Yankees. New York fought back from a 4-0 deficit and improved to 5-10 against last-place Tampa Bay.

Tanyon Sturtze (5-3) worked 1 1-3 scoreless innings, and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save.

With Tampa Bay ahead 4-3, Joe Borowski (1-3) retired his first two batters in the eighth before Alex Rodriguez reached out and punched a single to center. Giambi then drove an 0-1 pitch over the right-field fence for his 27th homer.

Indians 4, Tigers 1

At Detroit, Cleveland's Casey Blake homered twice, and C.C. Sabathia pitched his first complete game of the season in Cleveland's three-game sweep of Detroit.

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