The 2003 race to the playoffs - 9/12

<b>AL West Standings</b>:<br> Oakland 88-60<br> Seattle 85-62 (2.5 games back) </p><p> <b>AL Wildcard Standings</b>:<br> Boston 86-60<br> Seattle 85-62 (1.5 games back)

The Mariners were unable to gain any ground on Friday despite winning, as both the Red Sox and Athletics also rolled to wins.

Here's a brief rundown of the days games:

Seattle 7 - Anaheim 4

The Mariners charged ahead with four runs in the second inning, and behind the pitching of veteran lefty Jamie Moyer that was more than enough the rest of the way.

Moyer (18-7) allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings.

Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki each added homers for the Mariners' cause. Martinez blasted his 24th of the season in the four-run second, while Ichiro went deep for the 13th time in 2003 in the fifth.

Angels' starter John Lackey six runs in five innings, taking the loss. He dropped to a lousy 9-15 on the year.

Randy Winn led the Mariners eight-hit attack with a 3-4 day from the plate.

Eric Owens was the lone Angel with more than one hit.


Oakland 9 - Texas 3

Barry Zito came into the game with a 9-0 lifetime record against the Rangers, and despite falling behind early, Zito left Friday's game with a 10-0 record against the foes from Arlington.

Zito (12-12) gave up three runs in seven innings, striking out eight along the way, to lead the A's to victory.

The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the A's responded with a run in the fifth, and exploded for a five-run outburst in the seventh.

Ryan Drese (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs in 6.1 innings.

Mark Ellis, Erubial Durazo and Ramon Hernandez each had multiple-hit games for the A's.


Boston 7 - Chicago WS 4

How solid is the Red Sox's batting lineup? These guys never seem to stop hitting.

They knocked White Sox starter Dan Wright out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning, taking a quick 4-0 lead through two.

For Boston starter Jeff Suppan, a mid-season acquisition from Pittsburgh, the cushion was all that he needed.

Suppan (2-2) went six innings, allowing three runs to the White Sox.

Chicago drew to within 4-3 in the fourth inning after getting homeruns by Jose Valentin and Carl Everett, but that's as close as the visitors from the Windy City would come.

The Red Sox had only five hits, but took advantage of 12 White Sox walks to keep pressure on Chicago all game long.

Wright, who had five walks in his one inning of work, dropped to 1-6 on the year.

Reliever Billy Koch, who came in two innings later, walked four more in only one inning.

Johnny Damon and Gabe Kapler were the top run-producers for the Red Sox, each driving in two runs.


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