Saturday, May 3, 2003

AL: Cameron comes up big again in Chicago



By The Associated Press

Mike Cameron likes hitting in Chicago on May 2. Last year, he became the 13th player to hit four home runs in a game. On Friday night, he went 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs to lead the Seattle Mariners over the White Sox 9-2.

"This is a place I always hit well," Cameron said. "I just see the ball real well. That's one of the key things."

Cameron, who started his major league career with the White Sox in 1995, also walked twice for Seattle, which had a season-high 16 hits.

"Certain parks are that way, you just feel really good in some of them," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "Obviously, this is one of them for him."

In other games it was Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 0; New York 5, Oakland 3; Toronto 3, Anaheim 1; Minnesota 11, Boston 7; Cleveland 6, Texas 5; and Kansas City 5, Baltimore 2.

At Chicago, Bret Boone went 3-for-5 and Edgar Martinez got two hits to reach 2,000 for his career. Seattle's Ryan Franklin (2-2) gave up just five hits in eight innings.

Esteban Loaiza (5-1) lost for the first time in seven starts since Tampa Bay beat him last Sept. 20, allowing five runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. He forced in a pair of runs with bases-loaded walks.

Chicago has lost eight of its last 12 games and dropped to 15-14.

Devil Rays 2, Tigers 0

Joe Kennedy (2-2) pitched the first one-hitter in the six-year history of Tampa Bay, allowing only a first-inning single to Andres Torres. He struck out six, walked one and faced just 29 batters - two more than the minimum - in his second career shutout.

Detroit lost its fifth straight and dropped to 3-24. The Tigers have been shut out a major league-leading seven times and have scored only 61 runs in 27 games. The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs each have more runs this season than Detroit has hits (159).

Marlon Anderson hit a go-ahead single in the eighth at Detroit off Gary Knotts (0-3).

Yankees 5, Athletics 3

Slumping Hideki Matsui neatly slapped a key hit-and-run single and an RBI double, and made two nice catches in left field against visiting Oakland.

David Wells (4-0) gave up a two-run homer in the third to Eric Byrnes, but the Yankees rallied to their third win in a row and 12th in 15 games. Manager Joe Torre moved into a tie for 14th place on baseball's career victory list with Fred Clarke at 1,602.

Todd Zeile hit a two-run homer off former-Yankee Ted Lilly (2-1). Mariano Rivera pitched for the third straight day, getting three outs for his second save.

Blue Jays 3, Angels 1

Cory Lidle (4-2) pitched a three-hitter at SkyDome for his fourth career complete game, and Carlos Delgado hit a three-run, first-inning homer off John Lackey (1-3).

The game was interrupted briefly with two outs in the ninth when a fan came out of the seats in the right-field corner and jogged toward second base, pointing at the bag. Second baseman Orlando Hudson got into a football stance and shoved the male fan. Three security guards then tackled the fan and escorted him off the field.

Twins 11, Red Sox 7

Matthew LeCroy homered twice and Dustan Mohr homered and had a career-high four RBIs at Fenway Park. Boston scored six runs in the seventh to overcome a 5-0 deficit, but Minnesota scored six in the eighth and won its fourth straight.

Johan Santana (1-0) stopped the Red Sox in the seventh. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hurt the Red Sox with a career-high three errors. Ramiro Mendoza (1-1) faced three batters - allowing two hits and a walk - and all three scored.

Indians 6, Rangers 5

Ellis Burks hit a two-run double in the eighth at Cleveland, his second of the night, as the Indians stopped an eight-game losing streak by winning for the first time in 17 games when they trailed after six innings.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 10th homer in the first inning for the free-swinging Rangers, who lead the majors with 55 homers.

Dave Elder (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, got one out in the eighth, and Danys Baez finished for his fourth save and first since April 9. Francisco Cordero (1-3) was the loser.

Royals 5, Orioles 2

Miguel Asencio (2-0) scattered seven hits in his first career complete game. Mike Sweeney and Ken Harvey homered as visiting Kansas City stopped a four-game losing streak overall and a seven-game skid against Baltimore.

Kansas City trailed 2-0 until Sweeney and Harvey homered in a four-run sixth against Rick Helling (1-3). Kansas City improved to 18-8, the best record in franchise history after 26 games.

Brook Fordyce homered for the Orioles, who had won four straight.




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