OAKLAND, Calif. — Hideki Matsui produced three hits in a game for the second time this season as the New York Yankees beat Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Wednesday.
Matsui, who saw his average surge to .319 after 27 games, singled in the second, the eight and the ninth and drew a walk against Zito in the sixth at Network Associates Coliseum.
Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer off Arthur Rhodes (0-1) in the ninth to tie the game at 3-all before Tony Clarke, the 25th player on the Yankees’ roster, doubled for the go-ahead run, lifting New York to its eighth straight victory.
“I’ve always said from spring training, your No. 1 guy is just as important as your No. 25 guy,” Clark said. “I’m the 25th guy. I needed a situation to contribute. I was fortunate.”
Red Sox 9, Indians 5
In Cleveland, Bill Mueller hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, and David Ortiz connected twice as Boston beat the Indians, breaking a five-game losing streak.
After Boston spurted to a 15-6 start, the five straight losses had dropped the Red Sox into a tie with the New York Yankees for the AL East lead.
A strong relief effort helped Boston avoid falling into second place.
Angels 6, Tigers 3
At Anaheim, Jose Guillen homered and drove in three runs, and Troy Glaus tied for the major league lead with his 10th homer as the Angels won their fifth straight.
Kelvim Escobar (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 5-0 in six starts against visiting Detroit. Troy Percival got three outs for his ninth save.
Jason Johnson (1-5) allowed six runs, seven hits and four walks in five innings.
Rangers 6, Devil Rays 1
In Arlington, Texas, Ryan Drese (2-0) allowed five hits in 6 1/3 shutout innings, and Michael Young had four hits — including a solo homer.
Mark Teixeira also homered for the Rangers, who have won 10 of 12.
Tampa Bay has lost eight of 10. Doug Waechter (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Twins 5, Mariners 1
In Seattle, Carlos Silva (5-0) allowed five hits in eight innings and struck out five, allowing an eighth-inning RBI single to Scott Spiezio. Aaron Fultz finished with a hitless ninth.
Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who ended a three-game losing streak and were coming off a 4-3, 16-inning loss.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa allowed one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning of relief in the ninth.
White Sox 6, Orioles 5
In Baltimore, Juan Uribe had an RBI triple in a decisive two-run seventh for Chicago, which sent the Orioles to their seventh loss in 10 games.
Shingo Takatsu threw 18 pitches and issued one walk and no hits against the four batters he faced in one scoreless inning, recording his second straight win.
Blue Jays 10, Royals 3
In Toronto, Vernon Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs to back Roy Halladay (3-3), who won his third straight start by allowing three runs and 11 hits in seven innings.
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