Jose Guillen and Adam Kennedy homered, leading Aaron Sele and the Anaheim Angels past New York, 11-2, last night at Yankee Stadium. Casey Kotchman broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth inning as Anaheim scored five times for an 8-2 lead. The surging Angels have won 10 of 11 and have the best record in the American League at 23-11.
The Yankees lost for only the third time in 14 games. They snapped Anaheim's nine-game winning streak Tuesday night, in a game that ended at 1:23 a.m.
Guillen and Kennedy connected off Javier Vazquez (3-4), who alternated wins and losses in his first six starts.
But this time he was bested by Sele (2-0), who allowed two runs and six hits in six innings -- his third solid start since moving back into the rotation May 1.
Rangers 9, Devil Rays 8 -- Hank Blalock hit his third homer in two games and visiting Texas hung on to beat Tampa Bay and send the Devil Rays to their seventh straight loss. Alfonso Soriano, Kevin Mench, and Brad Fullmer also homered for Texas, which has 14 homers in five games against Tampa Bay and has gone 4-1 against the Devil Rays.
Texas, which has won 13 of 17, took a 9-5 lead on Soriano's two-run double in the ninth, but in the bottom half Francisco Cordero allowed an RBI single to Rocco Baldelli and a two-run double to Aubrey Huff, who tied a career high with five RBIs.
With runners at first and second, Cordero struck out Julio Lugo on three pitches for his 12th save in as many chances.
Royals 4, Blue Jays 3 -- Mike Sweeney's two-out, two-run double in the ninth skidded past third baseman Eric Hinske, sending Kansas City to a victory over visiting Toronto. Sweeney's game-winner off Terry Adams (3-2) gave the Royals back-to-back wins for the first time since April 9-11, when they took three from Cleveland.
Adams, who blew a save for the first time in two opportunities, gave up a single to Desi Relaford to open the ninth but then retired Aaron Guiel and Angel Berroa on ground balls.
Athletics 2, Tigers 1 -- Rich Harden allowed one run in seven solid innings and Adam Melhuse homered in Oakland's victory at Detroit. Harden (2-2) won his second start in a row, giving up just seven hits and striking out eight in helping the A's to their season-high third consecutive win.
Twins 4, Mariners 3 -- Brad Radke took a shutout into the ninth inning and Minnesota held on despite Edgar Martinez's three-run homer at Minneapolis. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer to back Radke (3-2), who allowed back-to-back singles starting the ninth before Martinez's 300th career homer. . . .
The game between the Baltimore Orioles and White Sox in Chicago was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today because the Orioles do not return to Chicago this season.