AMERICAN LEAGUE

White Sox hold Twins back


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins missed another chance to move ahead in the division race.
Jon Garland took a shutout into the ninth inning and Tadahito Iguchi had a homer among his three hits and three RBIs, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Twins 6-3.
That left Detroit needing one win in its last two games, or a loss today by Minnesota, to clinch the AL Central. The Tigers, who were scheduled to host the Kansas City Royals later Saturday, won the season series with the Twins 11-8 and will win the division if the teams tie.
Michael Cuddyer's three-run homer in the ninth was the end for Garland, but a sellout crowd of 46,219, the biggest since the home opener, left disappointed. The attendance total gave Major League Baseball a single-season record for the third straight year.
Garland (18-7) gave up six hits, three runs and no walks while striking out four in 8 innings.
  • BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 5: Alex Rios hit a go-ahead, two-run triple against T.J. Beam as visiting Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit in a four-run seventh inning, getting three unearned runs after an error by backup first baseman Andy Phillips.
    Jason Frasor (3-2) got three outs for the win, and B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his 38th save in 42 chances.
  • MARINERS 3, RANGERS 1: Adrian Beltre homered twice and Felix Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to lead host Seattle over Texas.
    Hernandez (12-14) allowed four hits and faced only one batter over the minimum through the first 6 innings. He struck out five. Joel Pineiro pitched the eighth and J.J. Putz worked the ninth for his 35th save in 42 opportunities.
  • ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 4: Kevin Millar's two-run single in the ninth inning lifted Baltimore to a victory over Boston, snapping the Orioles' nine-game losing streak at Fenway Park.
    Chris Ray (4-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for the victory, Baltimore's third in 17 games against Boston this season.
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