Baltimore Orioles beat Detroit Tigers 5-4

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Todd Zeile hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles continued their play-off run with a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday, gaining ground on the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. Cal Ripken's RBI double levelled the scores and Chris Hoiles' sacrifice fly drove in the winning run in the sixth inning as the Orioles moved within half a game of Chicago for the American League wild card place and within 21/2 games of New York for the Eastern Division lead.

Lance Johnson had three hits to become the first National League player in seven years to reach 200 hits in a season as the New York Mets punished Kevin Brown in a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday. Johnson is the first NL player to reach 200 hits since Tony Gwynn, San Diego, in 1989.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Milwaukee 6 Boston 0; Cleveland 4 California 3; Baltimore 5 Detroit 4; Texas 4 Toronto 3.

Eastern Division

W L Pct GB

New York 79 63 .556 -

Baltimore 77 66 .538 21/2

Boston 73 71 .507 7

Toronto 66 78 .458 14

Detroit 51 93 .354 29

Central Division

Cleveland 84 58 .592 -

Chicago 78 66 .542 7

Minnesota 72 71 .503 121/2

Milwaukee 69 76 .476 161/2

Kansas City 65 79 .451 20

Western Division

Texas 82 61 .573 -

Seattle 73 68 .518 8

Oakland 70 75 .483 13

California 65 79 .451 171/2

NATIONAL LEAGUE: New York Mets 6 Florida 1; Chicago Cubs 3 Montreal 1; Colorado 4 Houston 2; Los Angeles 7 Cincinnati 2; San Diego 6 Pittsburgh 5; St Louis 6 San Francisco 2.

Eastern Division

W L Pct GB

Atlanta 86 56 .606 -

Montreal 78 65 .545 81/2

Florida 70 75 .483 171/2

New York 64 80 .444 23

Philadelphia 58 86 .403 29

Central Division

St Louis 78 66 .542 -

Houston 76 69 .524 21/2

Cincinnati 73 71 .507 5

Chicago 72 71 .503 51/2

Pittsburgh 59 83 .415 18

Western Division

San Diego 80 65 .552 -

Los Angeles 79 64 .552 -

Colorado 73 71 .507 61/2

San Francisco 59 83 .415 191/2

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