Darin Erstad's latest hamstring injury overshadowed the Anaheim Angels' offensive display against the Cleveland Indians.
"It's not very good," manager Terry Collins said. "He was in a lot of pain. It seems worse than the last time. But I'm no doctor. . . . If he's out, then we just need someone to step in and get it done."Erstad strained his left hamstring running out a two-run single in the first inning of the Angels' 13-5 victory at Cleveland on Wednesday. The first baseman was on the disabled list from Aug. 4-19 with another left hamstring injury - also sustained against Cleveland.
"We were excited to get him back, and then to lose him again, it hurts," outfielder Tim Salmon said. "He's one of the guys that you depend on. He plays hard and he's one of the leaders on this team."
Erstad, batting .303 with 19 homers and 79 RBIs, said he didn't want to talk about his injury.
Randy Velarde homered and had four hits as Anaheim rocked Bartolo Colon (13-8) for seven runs in the first two innings. Gregg Jefferies tied his career high with four hits and drove in three runs, and Jim Edmonds had three hits, including a three-run homer in the second.
Anaheim, 21/2 games ahead of second-place Texas in the AL West, finished 6-4 on a tough road trip to New York, Boston and Cleveland.
ATHLETICS 2, YANKEES 0: New York missed a chance to reach 100 victories on the earliest date in major league history as Oakland's Gil Heredia limited the Yankees to five hits in 72/3 innings.
The earliest date a team won its 100th game is Sept. 9, a feat accomplished by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 1954 Cleveland Indians.
It was the first shutout loss at home for the Yankees since Sept. 19 against Toronto and ended David Cone's perfect record at Yankee Stadium this season. Cone dropped to 11-1 at home and 18-5 overall.
RED SOX 7, MARINERS 3: Nomar Garciaparra hit a ninth-inning grand slam to join Mark McGwire as one of five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons.
Boston overcame a 3-0 deficit and a 15-hit attack to maintain an eight-game lead over Texas in the AL wild-card race.
Garciaparra, who had 30 homers last year, hit his first career grand slam into the Fenway Park screen in left. Rudy York, Ron Kittle and Jose Canseco also had at least 30 homers in each of their first two seasons.
WHITE SOX 3, ORIOLES 2: Rookie John Snyder pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as Chicago extended Baltimore's losing streak to a season-high 10 games.
Snyder (5-2) struck out one and walked one to help Chicago complete its second three-game sweep of the Orioles in a nine-day span - the first in Baltimore since June 1996. Bob Howry got three outs for his fourth save.
Albert Belle drove in his 126th run for the White Sox, whose four-game winning streak matches their season high.
RANGERS 5, TIGERS 3: Ivan Rodriguez snapped a 1-for-11 slump with two hits, including a two-run homer, in Texas' victory over Detroit.
Rick Helling (17-7) became the first Texas pitcher since Kenny Rogers in 1995 to win 17 games. John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 39th save.
DEVIL RAYS 4, TWINS 1: Quinton McCracken extended his hitting streak to 15 games and doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as Tampa Bay won at Minnesota.
McCracken doubled against LaTroy Hawkins (7-13) after Miguel Cairo led off with a triple that left fielder Marty Cordova lost in the lights.
BLUE JAYS 5, ROYALS 0: Kelvim Escobar limited Kansas City to four hits in 8 1/3 innings to help visiting Toronto extend its winning streak to six games.
Escobar (4-2) struck out seven, including five straight in the fourth and fifth innings. Alex Gonzalez hit his 12th homer, a solo shot off Jose Rosado (7-11).