Thursday, April 24, 2003

AL: Tigers rejoice in second win

The Associated Press

It was the rarest of nights for the Detroit Tigers - they won. "I could get used to this," manager Alan Trammell said after rookie Jeremy Bonderman pitched Detroit past Oakland 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The Tigers improved to 2-17 by winning for the first time in 11 road games this season. Detroit's only other win was 4-3 against the Chicago White Sox on April 12.

"Regardless of our record, we haven't played that bad," Trammell said. "We haven't had a whole lot of leads."

Bonderman (1-3) retired 17 straight batters for his first major league win, allowing three hits in eight innings to beat Barry Zito (3-2).

"Zito is an unbelievable pitcher, one of the best, but I'm not going to be scared of him," said Bonderman, who made his fourth big league start. "I was on my game and threw the ball well. I hope we take this into the next game. ... You take every game seriously and want to win every game. I'm just happy we were successful."

Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer off Zito, who lost for just the second time in his last 32 starts at the Coliseum. Matt Anderson pitched the ninth for Detroit's first save of the season.

"If I did my job correctly, we'd have probably walked out of here with a win," Zito said.

Yankees 9, Angels 2

Roger Clemens (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings to earn his 297th win, and Alfonso Soriano led off the game with one of three New York homers.

"There are days I feel old, and days when you can't think about it, you've just got to go out there and put those little nagging things aside and get some people out," the 40-year-old Clemens said.

Visiting New York (18-3) outhit the Angels 18-5 and won its seventh straight, extending its franchise-best start to 18-3.

Soriano went 4-for-5, Jorge Posada had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and Raul Mondesi also hit a two-run homer. New York has outhomered opponents 43-5.

Mickey Callaway (1-2) gave up six runs - four earned - and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Mariners 4, Indians 0

Gil Meche (2-1) tied his career high with eight strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings, allowing five hits. Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Arthur Rhodes and Jeff Nelson finished the six-hitter at Seattle.

John Olerud hit his first homer of the season. Rookie Ricardo Rodriguez (2-1) gave up all four runs and five hits in seven innings.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 1

Ryan Christenson hit a leadoff homer, Juan Gonzalez had a two-run single and John Thomson (1-2) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for his first AL victory.

Tim Wakefield (2-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Visiting Boston has lost two of three following a seven-game winning streak.

Orioles 7, White Sox 1

Jason Johnson pitched six innings of one-hit ball at Camden Yards and Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer

Kerry Ligtenberg and Willis Roberts followed Johnson (3-0) and finished the three-hitter.

Jay Gibbons hit his second homer in two nights and Melvin Mora had a double and three walks for the Orioles, who have won six of eight.

Bartolo Colon (2-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. It was his first loss with Chicago, which obtained the right-hander from Montreal in January.

Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

Marlon Anderson tied it with a two-run double off Mark Hendrickson (1-3) and Rocco Baldelli hit a go-ahead single off Kelvim Escobar as Tampa Bay scored four times in the eighth and overcame a 3-0 deficit for the second straight game.

Mike Venafro (1-0) got the final out in the eighth and the first in the ninth, and Lance Carter finished for his third save.

Carlos Delgado, Josh Phelps and Tom Wilson homered for visiting Toronto, which dropped to 7-15, its worst start since 1979.

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