BALTIMORE – Hideki Matsui hit a single in the sixth inning to record the 100th RBI of his rookie season as the New York Yankees thrashed the Baltimore Orioles 13-1 in a rain-delayed game on Monday.
Leading 10-1 with two outs and Jorge Posada on second at Camden Yards, Matsui cracked a single to left, bringing home Posada, for his first RBI in six games.
Matsui became the third Yankees rookie to reach the century mark, joining Joe DiMaggio (125 in 1936) and Tony Lazzeri (114 in 1926).
“I’m happy because the number 100 is a landmark figure in a sense, which also means I’m batting when there are scoring opportunities. I have to thank my teammates,” he said.
Matsui struck out and flied out twice in his first three at-bats. Teammate Jason Giambi also hit his 100th RBI with a solo homer in the fourth.
Andy Pettitte (19-8) allowed one run in six innings to improve to 5-0 against the Orioles this season. The left-hander is 19-4 lifetime against Baltimore, including 12-2 at Camden Yards.
He needs just one more win to reach the 20-win plateau for the second time; he was 21-8 in 1996.
Twins 13, Indians 6
In Cleveland, Torii Hunter tied his career high with five RBIs as Minnesota defeated the Indians to take sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since June 30.
Hunter, Michael Ryan and Cristian Guzman each drove in two runs during an eight-run sixth inning. Hunter added a three-run homer in the ninth off Terry Mulholland, giving him a career-high 99 RBIs.
Johan Santana (11-3) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since July 29 as the Twins won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 2
In Boston, Derek Lowe won his fifth straight decision, and Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz homered in another Red Sox slugging display as the Boston beat the Tampa Bay.
The Red Sox increased their wild-card lead over Seattle to 1 1/2 games. Boston trails New York by 5 1/2 games in the AL East.
Rangers 6, Mariners 4
In Arlington, Texas, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark Teixeira homered as the Rangers ended a five-game losing streak and dropped Seattle farther back in the AL wild-card race, beating the Mariners.
Royals 10, Tigers 4
In Detroit, the Tigers became the first AL team to lose 111 games since the 1939 St. Louis Browns, losing to Kansas City as Joe Randa drove in five runs.
The Tigers lost their third in a row after winning the series opener.
At 38-111, Detroit has the most defeats in the majors since the 1965 New York Mets lost 112 times.
The Tigers need five wins in their final 13 games to avoid matching the modern-day record of 120 losses, set by the 1962 Mets.
Athletics 7, Angels 4
In Anaheim, Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam as Oakland beat the Angels to win its seventh in a row and open a 4 1/2-game lead in the AL West.
Ted Lilly (11-9) pitched five innings of one-hit ball for Oakland, which took its biggest lead of the season a few hours after second-place Seattle lost 6-4 at Texas.