Mariners knock down Rangers, finish sweep

Thursday, September 27, 2001

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bret Boone ran his RBI total to 135 with a two-run single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

The Mariners, who have swept a club-record 15 series this season, extended their AL record with their 57th road victory. The major league record of 60 by the 1906 Chicago Cubs is out of reach because Seattle has only two more road games.

Seattle trailed 4-1 before a five-run outburst in the fifth inning that included Boone's hit and a two-run double by Stan Javier. Carlos Guillen's run-scoring single capped the rally and chased Rob Bell (5-5).

Paul Abbott (16-4) worked five innings for the victory and is 14-2 his last 21 starts.


NEW YORK -- Ted Lilly took over for injured starter Andy Pettitte in the first inning and worked into the eighth, pitching the Yankees past the Devil Rays.

Pettitte, who threw only three pitches, was struck in the back of the left elbow by Ben Grieve's liner. X-rays on Pettitte were negative. The Yankees' top left-hander is expected to miss a start.

Shane Spencer homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Lilly (4-6) gave up seven hits, including a home run by Jose Guillen, and won for the first time since July 5. He struck out six and walked none.


BOSTON -- Doug Mirabelli went 3-for-4 with a homer and Casey Fossum shut down Baltimore into the seventh inning.

A day after the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention, they got the solid pitching and timely hitting they've been missing all year. The Red Sox had 12 hits, six of them in a six-run third, to snap a four-game losing streak and win for just the fifth time in 23 games.

Fossum (3-1) allowed five runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four in 6 2-3 innings.

Rick Bauer (0-3) allowed six earned runs on eight hits and a walk for Baltimore.

-- From wire reports

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