Ken Griffey Jr. isn't chasing anyone in the American League.
Despite dropping back in the race for Roger Maris' record, Griffey stayed on track for his third AL home run title by hitting No. 43 Sunday as the Seattle Mariners beat Chicago 3-2.Griffey began August right in the middle of the chase for Maris' mark of 61. He started the month with 41, with Mark McGwire at 45 and Sammy Sosa at 42. Now, McGwire and Sosa are both past 50.
Griffey's two-run shot at Kingdome marked only his second homer in 89 at-bats.
"I'm on a cut-throat pace," he joked.
Still, he's hit five more home runs that Albert Belle and Rafael Palmeiro, tied for second in the league.
Griffey homered for the first time since Aug. 15 at Comiskey Park. His home run tied the game at 2 in the fourth inning, and rookie Shane Monahan put Seattle ahead with a solo shot in the fifth.
John Snyder (4-2) lost despite pitching a three-hitter for his first career complete game. The White Sox dropped their season-high fifth in a row.
"Monahan's was a good pitch, but to the wrong guy," Snyder said, "and Griffey took advantage of a pitch he could drive. He probably should have hit it through the stadium. He got it pretty good."
RANGERS 12, YANKEES 10: Rusty Greer homered and knocked in four runs as Texas outslugged visiting New York and slowed the Yankees' chase of history.
The Yankees (94-33) are trying to become the first team to win 100 games before September. With 35 games left, the Yankees are also on track to break the major league record of 116 victories in a season by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees missed a chance to go a season-high 63 games over .500. The last time a Yankees team equaled or surpassed that mark was in 1927, when New York finished the year 66 games over at 110-44.
The victory, the Rangers' first against the Yankees at home this season, kept them 2 1/2 games behind Anaheim in the West.
RED SOX 5, TWINS 1: Pedro Martinez pitched shutout ball for six innings and Boston backed him with 15 hits at the Metrodome.
Martinez (17-4) twisted his knee in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game, and later hit Matt Lawton in the knee with a pitch right after the Twins batter stepped out during a windup.
The benches and bullpens emptied without any fighting. The next batter, Todd Walker, hit into a force play and Lawton was called for interference when he slid wide into shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.
Martinez, who gave up four hits, was pulled by manager Jimy Williams after the sixth before precautionary reasons.
Darren Bragg tied a career high with four hits as the Red Sox increased their wild-card lead to eight games over Baltimore. John Valentin had three hits, including his 16th homer, and scored three runs.
Paul Molitor singled twice for the Twins and reached 3,283 career hits, tying Willie Mays for ninth place on the career list.
Brad Radke (10-12) lost his fifth straight decision.
INDIANS 4, ORIOLES 1: Dwight Gooden earned his third straight victory and Cleveland concluded a nice weekend at Camden Yards.
The Indians won two of three at Baltimore. The Orioles are 31-11 since the All-Star break despite losing three of four overall.
Gooden (6-6) has not lost in five starts since July 26.
ANGELS 3, BLUE JAYS 2: Randy Velarde hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning, and Anaheim finished off a 5-2 homestand.
The AL West-leading Angels start a 10-game road trip tonight at Yankee Stadium.
TIGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4: Seth Greisinger overcame a pair of home runs by Jason Giambi as Detroit avoided a four-game sweep at Oakland.
ROYALS 11, DEVIL RAYS 5: Sal Fasano went 4-for-4 with a home run at Tropicana Field as Kansas City matched a season high with its fourth straight win.