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AL ROUNDUP

A great eight for Harden, A's

Rich Harden pitched seven solid innings, helping the Oakland A's extend their winning streak to eight games with a 7-2 win over the White Sox last night in Chicago.

Adam Melhuse went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Mark Kotsay also had three hits for the A's, who matched their longest winning streak of the season and won for the 13th time in 14 games. They also extended their lead in the AL West to three games after the Red Sox defeated the Angels.

Harden (9-5), who won his sixth straight decision, has not lost since a 10-3 defeat at Anaheim June 21, a span of 13 starts. He allowed one run on four hits, while striking out five and walking none, and retired 11 of his last 12 batters.

Carlos Lee hit a solo homer and drove in both runs for the White Sox, who have gone 12-24 since being 10 games over .500 July 24 and owning a half-game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Kotsay led off the game with a triple off Felix Diaz and scored on Eric Chavez's sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The A's scored three times in the second.

Twins 8, Rangers 5 -- Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, lifting Minnesota over Texas.

Hunter drove in a career-high six runs and Justin Morneau also homered and had two RBIs for the Twins, who maintained their seven-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Juan Rincon (11-6) earned the win after getting two outs in the 11th. Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas had two RBIs each for Texas, which dropped 4 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West -- the most the club has been out of first place this season. The Rangers also are four games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card race.

Mariners 7, Blue Jays 5 -- At Toronto, Ichiro Suzuki got three hits to finish with 56 in August -- the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years -- and the Mariners rallied for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Suzuki, chasing George Sisler's major league record for hits in a season, finished 3 for 5 and has 212 hits.

Sisler got 257 hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.After Suzuki tied it, 4-4, with an RBI single off Vinnie Chulk in the seventh, Randy Winn singled to right, giving Seattle the lead.

Orioles 10, Devil Rays 6 -- In St. Petersburg, Fla., Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons homered in the 12th as Baltimore outlasted Tampa Bay.

Aubrey Huff homered twice for the Devil Rays, hitting a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, then tying it again with an RBI single in the 11th.

Royals 9, Tigers 8 -- Aaron Guiel's sacrifice fly drove in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Kansas City rallied past Detroit. The Tigers had led, 5-0, in the second.

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