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AL roundup: Rivera sets MLB saves record

Published: Monday, Sept. 19 2011 11:30 p.m. MDT

Mariano Rivera acknowledges the crowd's cheers after recording his 602nd save.   (Associated Press) Mariano Rivera acknowledges the crowd's cheers after recording his 602nd save. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Long regarded as the best closer in baseball, Mariano Rivera now has more saves than anyone else, too.

Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd career save, pitching a perfect ninth inning to cap the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Twins Monday night.

With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivers retired Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Parmelee to end it.

Parmelee looked at strike three — it appeared to be Rivera's signature cutter — as Yankee Stadium roared in approval.

On Monday, the crowd hollered as Rivera came in to his customary of "Enter Sandman." The fans grew louder with every strike, every out as Rivera closed in. He even broke a bat for good measure — sawing off Parmelee and sending the rookie back to the dugout for another piece of wood.

Parmelee lasted only one more pitch. Plate umpire John Hirschbeck rung him up, and catcher Russell Martin came out to the mound, gently placed the ball in Rivera's glove, and then gave the skinny Panamanian a big hug.

ORIOLES 6-9, RED SOX 5-18: At Boston, the reeling Red Sox lost for the 12th time in 15 games when Jeremy Guthrie pitched last-place Baltimore to the victory. Robert Andino hit a two-run homer in the opener of a day-night doubleheader and Nolan Reimold followed with his 12th, putting the Orioles ahead 5-1 in the fourth. J.J. Hardy led off the fifth with his career-high 28th home run. In the nightcap, Jacoby Ellsbury hit an inside-the-park homer and Conor Jackson added a grand slam to cap a much-needed offensive outburst. Night game starter John Lackey fell behind 3-0, but the Red Sox took a 4-2 lead after the first inning.

MARINERS 12, INDIANS 6 (7 INNINGS): At Cleveland, Mike Carp hit a grand slam into the second deck in right field and drove in five runs during Seattle's nine-run third inning. The Mariners came in for one day to make up a rainout from May 15, and played in a steady drizzle before the field was covered at the start of the eighth. After waiting 44 minutes, it was called. Carp connected against reliever Chad Durbin for a 455-foot shot to put Seattle ahead 11-4. He doubled home the first run in the inning off David Huff (2-6). Cleveland scored three times in the first against Charlie Furbush (4-9). Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Carlos Santana followed with another drive.

BLUE JAYS 3, ANGELS 2 (10 INNINGS): At Toronto, Adam Lind drove in the winning run with a grounder in the 10th inning. Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels but Los Angeles lost for the third time in four games, further denting its chances of reaching the playoffs. The Angels trail first-place Texas by five games in the AL West and are behind both Boston and Tampa Bay in the wild-card race. The crowd of 11,178 was Toronto's second-smallest of the season, and well short of the 18,556 who showed up just down the street to watch the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs open their preseason schedule against Ottawa.

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