Red Sox loss assures Yanks share of title

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

BOSTON -- Tony Batista had his fifth straight multihit game and the Baltimore Orioles beat Boston 5-1 Monday night, assuring the New York Yankees at least a tie for the AL East title.

The Yankees, who were idle Monday night, are 89-60. With 14 games left, the Red Sox can win no more than 89.

New York can clinch the division championship Tuesday night with a win at home over Tampa Bay or a Boston loss to Baltimore.

Batista scored twice and Chris Richard added three hits and two RBIs as the Orioles sent Boston to its 17th loss in 21 games.

Calvin Maduro (4-6) allowed one run on four hits in six innings for the win.

MARINERS 9, RANGERS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jamie Moyer won his 10th straight decision and John Olerud hit a tiebreaking two-run double as AL West champion Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak.

Moyer (19-5) pitched five innings to join 12 other active pitchers with 150 victories. He is unbeaten in his 13 starts since losing to San Francisco on July 13.

BLUE JAYS 3, INDIANS 2

CLEVELAND -- Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning off Danys Baez (5-2) to lift Toronto past Cleveland in the first meeting of the season between the teams.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Steve Sparks stopped Kansas City for eight innings and Detroit snapped a nine-game losing streak at Kauffman Stadium.

-- From wire reports

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