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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Angels Snap Road Trip Jinx in Style

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Randy Velarde's first career grand slam highlighted a seven-run fourth inning, and rookie knuckleballer Dennis Springer pitched a five-hitter as the California Angels pounded Baltimore 13-0 Sunday.


Tim Salmon homered and drove in four runs for the Angels, who had 18 hits off five Baltimore pitchers. J.T. Snow had three hits, including two in the fourth inning when California used seven hits, a walk and an error to take a 9-0 lead.


That was more than enough offense for Springer (4-2), who struck out six and walked two in his first complete game in the majors.


The Angels finished their swing through Boston, New York and Baltimore with a 6-4 record, their first winning road trip since Aug. 8 to 16, 1995. California won two of three from the Orioles, sandwiching a 5-4 loss Saturday around two shutouts.


Scott Erickson (8-11) took the loss.


Athletics 6, Yankees 4. On a day the New York Yankees honored Mickey Mantle, Mark McGwire reminded fans of how far the Hall of Famer could hit them with a 446-foot shot in New York.


McGwire, the major leagues home run leader, hit his 44th this season in the second inning and drove in four runs for the A's. Oakland snapped a five-game losing streak against New York.


During pregame ceremonies, the Yankees unveiled a stone monument honoring Mantle, the legendary slugger who died last year.


Matt Stairs hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth off Jeff Nelson (4-4) and McGwire's single made it 6-4.


Darryl Strawberry and Tino Martinez homered for the Yankees, who remained six games ahead of Baltimore in the American League East.


Mike Mohler (5-2) picked up the win.


Indians 8, Brewers 5. In Cleveland, Albert Belle celebrated his 30th birthday by putting Cleveland ahead with a two-run single in the seventh inning as the Indians came back from a four-run deficit.


In the third straight close game between teams separated by 15 1/2 games in the standings, Belle came up after Jim Thome was intentionally walked to load the bases.


After Doug Jones relieved, Belle hit the first pitch through a huge hole between first and second, beating the Brewers' strategy and their shift. Second baseman Fernando Vina was playing almost behind second base.


Paul Shuey (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 31st save. Angel Miranda (7-6) was the loser.


Red Sox 8, Mariners 5. In Boston, the Red Sox moved over .500 for the first time this season, overcoming Ken Griffey Jr.'s 40th home run.


Mike Maddux (2-1) pitched the Red Sox to their 19th win in 25 games, improving their record to 66-65.


Maddux, making only his third start of the season, pitched seven innings and gave up five hits.


Alex Rodriguez and Griffey hit consecutive home runs in the eighth. The Mariners set a major league record by connecting for consecutive homers for the 17th time this season, breaking the mark of the 1977 Red Sox and 1982 Milwaukee Brewers.


Rodriguez's 32nd homer was a three-run shot off reliever Joe Hudson.


White Sox 10, Blue Jays 9. In Chicago, Pat Borders singled in the winning run with one out in the 10th inning to help Chicago snap a five-game losing streak.


Dave Martinez opened the 10th with a double off Mike Timlin (1-5) and Domingo Cedeno sacrificed. After Tony Phillips was intentionally walked, Borders, a former Blue Jay, dumped a single to center to end Toronto's seven-game winning streak.


Roberto Hernandez (5-1) pitched three innings for the victory.


Rangers 13, Twins 2. In Minneapolis, the Texas Rangers gave rookie pitcher Travis Miller a rude welcome to the major leagues, tagging him for seven runs in the first inning.


Rusty Greer and David Valle each hit two-run homers off Miller, called up last week from the minor leagues to make his big league debut.


Kevin Elster drove in five runs with four hits for Texas. Juan Gonzalez hit his 38th home run and Will Clark followed with a homer in the fifth off reliever Jose Parra.


Bobby Witt (13-9) improved to 15-5 lifetime against the Twins. He gave up six hits and one earned run in eight innings, and retired 16 of 18 batters during one span.


Tigers 7, Royals 4. In Kansas City, Missouri, Todd Van Poppel won for the first time with the Detroit Tigers.


Van Poppel (2-6), claimed off waivers from Oakland on Aug. 6, made his third start for the Tigers. He worked six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.


Mike Myers got the final four outs for his sixth save.


The Tigers won for the fifth time in six games. The Royals have lost seven of eight.


Travis Fryman homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers and Melvin Nieves added three hits.


Doug Linton (5-9) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings.


Astros 4, Cardinals 1. In Houston, Donne Wall pitched seven strong innings and Jeff Bagwell surpassed 100 RBIs as the Houston Astros opened a 1-game lead in the NL Central on Sunday night with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.


The Astros have won two straight games over the Cardinals after losing the first seven games of the season series.


Wall (8-4) allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked two. Xavier Hernandez completed the combined three-hitter with two hitless innings for his fourth save.


Bagwell's third-inning homer, his 28th, off Alan Benes (11-8) gave him 100 RBIs this season. He joined Derek Bell as the only two Astros to reach the 100-RBI plateau in the same year. Bell has 102 RBIs.


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