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Oakland Athletics end losing streak


Texas Rangers second baseman Desi Relaford, top, leaps over Oakland Athletics runner Mark Ellis while relaying to first base to complete a double play during the third inning in Oakland, California, on Wednesday.



Lenny DiNardo pitched seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics ended their longest losing streak in nine years with a 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

DiNardo allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none. The left-hander gave up a pair of doubles and a bunt single but was otherwise untouchable in the longest outing of his Major League Baseball career.

Bobby Crosby homered and drove in two runs for Oakland, who had lost its previous nine games. The losing streak was the A's longest since 1998 and had dropped them 12 games out of first place in the American League West.

White Sox 5, Indians 1

In Cleveland, Mark Buehrle finally beat Cleveland for the first time in more than two years and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer for the White Sox.

Buehrle (7-5) had been winless in his previous eight starts against the Indians, last defeating them on July 16, 2005. He gave up one run and 10 hits in six 1-3 innings.

Konerko's homer in the fourth off Jake Westbrook (1-5) gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1

At New York, Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the surging New York downed Toronto for its fifth straight win.

Roger Clemens pitched out of trouble for six gritty innings to keep New York close, and Andy Phillips delivered another clutch hit as the Yankees (48-44) moved a season-high four games above .500.

Mariano Rivera got five outs for his fourth save in five days.

By winning 11 of 14 overall, the Yankees have trimmed Boston's American League East lead to seven games -- the closest they've been since May 12. They also gave manager Joe Torre a nice 67th birthday present.

Alex Rios had four hits for Toronto. Shaun Marcum (5-4) got the loss.

Royals 6, Red Sox 5

At Boston, Billy Butler doubled in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning and Kansas City battered Julian Tavarez and Boston.

After managing just one hit in the first three innings, the Royals scored twice in the fourth, then went ahead 6-4 in the fifth when they chased Tavarez (5-8) after his third straight poor performance.

In his last five starts, Tavarez is 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA and has allowed 42 hits in 23 1-3 innings.

Devil Rays 7, Angels 2

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Ty Wigginton homered and Carlos Pena hit a three-run double to back Scott Kazmir's strong pitching and lead Tampa Bay to the victory over Los Angeles.

Kazmir (7-6) allowed three hits and one run in seven innings to win for the second straight time at home after going more than a year without a victory at Tropicana Field.

The left-hander walked one and struck out six in his longest outing since going seven innings in a loss at Kansas City on June 1.

Wigginton's streak of eight consecutive hits ended in the second inning against Bartolo Colon (6-5), but the Devil Rays second baseman homered off reliever Dustin Moseley to begin a four-run sixth that broke the game open.

Tigers 3, Twins 2

At Minneapolis, Magglio Ordonez homered and drove in all three runs against Johan Santana, ending his five-start winning streak as Detroit edged Minnesota.

Santana (11-7) threw a season-high 118 pitches after persuading manager Ron Gardenhire to let him finish the eighth inning, but the Twins left 14 men on base. They lost their third straight to the Tigers and trail the American League Central leaders by eight games.

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