Ellis gives Oakland lift with RBI single

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Mark Ellis singled home Terrence Long with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Wednesday as the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Mark Mulder (12-6) recovered from a rocky second inning to win for the 10th time in 13 starts as the A's, who felt they were wasting chances to catch Seattle and Anaheim in the AL West, salvaged one victory against Cleveland following two narrow losses.
Eric Chavez and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for Oakland, which won for just the second time in eight games.
  • ORIOLES 12, DEVIL RAYS 2: Rodrigo Lopez became the first Baltimore pitcher in 23 years to win six straight decisions in a single month as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay.
    The last Baltimore pitcher to go 6-0 in a month was Dennis Martinez, who did it in May 1979. Lopez (12-3) won all six of his starts in July. Mike Boddicker went 6-1 for the Orioles in May 1984.
  • TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1 (10): David Ortiz hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Minnesota a win over Chicago.
    Ortiz's hit came after Antonio Osuna (5-2) intentionally walked Corey Koskie to load the bases with one out.
  • BLUE JAYS 9, ROYALS 2: Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer and Dewayne Wise drove in three runs as Toronto defeated Kansas City.
    Hinske hit his 18th homer after Shannon Stewart led off the game with a single. Hinske is two homers shy of the team's rookie record set by Fred McGriff in 1987.
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