Sabathia, Indians sink Devil Rays


Published: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

CLEVELAND - C.C. Sabathia became the majors' first 12-game winner and Grady Sizemore drove in three runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 win over Tampa Bay.

Sabathia (12-2) matched last season's win total, and is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in his past 10 starts.

The Indians, with baseball's best home record at 29-12, won for the fifth time in six games to take a 1 1/2 game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. The Devil Rays have lost six straight and 13 of 17.

J.P. Howell (1-2) allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay.

TWINS 8, TIGERS 5: Michael Cuddyer and Lew Ford homered and drove in three runs apiece in visiting Minnesota's victory over Detroit.

Former Buchholz standout Andrew Miller (3-2) picked up the loss. Miller gave up six runs, five earned, and six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked two.

"I've got to start going deeper into games,'' said Miller, who hasn't lasted more than six innings in five major league starts this season.

ATHLETICS 7, YANKEES 0: Chad Gaudin combined with Rich Harden on a one-hitter, and visiting Oakland connected for three home runs off Kei Igawa in a victory over the lethargic Yankees.

Light-hitting Jason Kendall was 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk to lead an Oakland offense that ranks 13th out of 14 AL teams in runs scored.

RANGERS 5, RED SOX 4: Sammy Sosa hit his 602nd career homer to break a fifth-inning tie, leading visiting Texas and spoiling Josh Beckett's last start before the All-Star rosters are announced.

Beckett coughed up a 4-0 lead by allowing four runs in the fourth, including a two-run double by former Gator Brad Wilkerson.

ORIOLES 6, ANGELS 3: Brian Burres took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer and host Baltimore improved to 6-4 under interim manager Dave Trembley.

Kevin Millar drove in two runs and scored twice, and Melvin Mora had his second straight three-hit game for the Orioles.

WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 1 (10): Tadahito Iguchi poked a two-run single into right field with two out in the 10th inning, helping Chicago snap host Kansas City's five-game win streak.

Bobby Jenks pitched the 10th for the White Sox and got his 21st save in 23 opportunities.

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