Sunday, May 4, 2003

AL: Pedro twirls five-hitter



By The Associated Press

BOSTON - Pedro Martinez pitched a five-hitter and struck out 12 in his first complete game of the year as the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday.

It was the 39th complete game of Martinez's career and he finally got some support in a seven-run sixth inning capped by David Ortiz's three-run double against his former team.

In five of his other six starts, the Red Sox scored two runs or less while he was in the game. And he didn't have to worry about his bullpen blowing a lead as it did in two games in which he left while ahead.

Martinez (3-1) allowed just one earned run, giving him five games in which he permitted one or less.

Twins starter Rick Reed left in the fourth inning after straining his lower back. The Red Sox reached his replacement, Tony Fiore (1-1), for a run in the fifth.

Devil Rays 8, Tigers 6, 10 innings

DETROIT - Damion Easley came back to derail Detroit, lofting a pinch-hit triple in the 10th inning that sent the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Tigers.

Easley signed with Tampa Bay in early April, five days after Detroit made him the most expensive player cut loose in baseball history. The Tigers owed him $14.3 million when he was released.

The Devil Rays blew leads of 5-1 and 6-3, but pulled the game out in the 10th. Detroit dropped their sixth in a row to fall to 3-25 this season.

Aubrey Huff, who had already homered twice, walked on four pitches to start the 10th. Travis Lee's sacrifice bunt moved pinch-hitter George Lombard to second, and the Devil Rays sent up Easley to hit for Al Martin.

Easley, who played for Detroit from 1996-2002, hit a long fly into the right-field corner and the ball bounced out of Bobby Higginson's glove as he hit the wall.

Al Levine (2-1) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. Wil Ledezma (0-2) took the loss.

Athletics 5, Yankees 3, 10 innings

NEW YORK - Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics rebounded from Jason Giambi's tying homer in the ninth to beat the New York Yankees.

Tim Hudson had dominated New York for eight innings, allowing just three hits, all singles.

Keith Foulke (1-0) relieved with a 3-1 lead and blew a save for the second time in nine tries. Nick Johnson opened the ninth with an opposite-field double to left that was fair by about six inches and Giambi crushed a 3-1 pitch off the facade of the upper deck in right field.

Juan Acevedo (0-2) relieved to start the 10th and gave up a leadoff double to Scott Hatteberg on a ball that just went under the glove of right fielder Raul Mondesi, who had tried to run in and reach down for the catch.

Chavez deposited the next pitch in the right-field bleachers for his seventh homer.

New York, which had won three in a row, dropped to 23-7. Oakland has won seven of nine.

Blue Jays 7, Angels 1

TORONTO - Doug Davis won his first start with Toronto and Vernon Wells hit a grand slam as the Blue Jays beat the Anaheim Angels.

Wells drove in a career-high five runs and tied a career best for hits by going 4-for-4. The Blue Jays won their third straight game.

Davis, claimed off waivers from Texas last Wednesday, allowed eight hits in six innings for his first win since May 3, 2002, at Cleveland.

David Eckstein homered in the sixth for the only run off Davis (1-0). Davis struck out one and walked one.

Anaheim starter Scot Shields (1-1) allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Orioles 6, Royals 1

BALTIMORE - Sidney Ponson capped a memorable week by pitching eight innings of five-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Runelvys Hernandez and the Kansas City Royals.

Jeff Conine homered, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Orioles, who became the first team this season to score more than three runs against Hernandez (4-1).

Ponson (3-2) struck out nine and walked one before being replaced by Kerry Ligtenberg, who completed the six-hitter.

Ponson, who threw 115 pitches, allowed only one runner past second base and did not give up a hit after the fifth inning.

The Orioles' right-hander began the week by defeating Tampa Bay on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Aruba native was decorated in his homeland as a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Royal House. Finally, Sir Sidney outpitched one of the most effective starters in baseball this season.

Hernandez came in with an AL-best 1.36 ERA and was looking to become the first Royals pitcher to open 5-0 since Bret Saberhagen in 1987. But Hernandez yielded four runs - three earned - and seven hits in seven innings.

Rangers 6, Indians 5

CLEVELAND - Alex Rodriguez came through in the clutch again for Texas, hitting a two-run double in the seventh inning to send the Cleveland Indians to their ninth loss in 10 games.

Rodriguez doubled with two outs off Jose Santiago (0-1) as the Rangers won for the first time when trailing after the sixth inning. Texas had been 0-10 when down after six, and the Rangers improved to 4-7 in one-run games.

Rodriguez, who is batting .555 (15-for-27) in his last six games, is also hitting .555 (5-for-9) with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

Jay Powell (1-0), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitched two innings for the win. He had been sidelined since April 18 with vertigo-like symptoms.

Ugueth Urbina, who blew his first of the season Friday night, pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Mariners 12, White Sox 2

CHICAGO - Mike Cameron homered and drove in six runs to extend his tear against his former team and lead the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox.

Cameron, who was 3-for-3 with a homer Friday night on the first anniversary of his four-homer game in Chicago, had six RBIs after two innings Saturday.

He hit a three-run homer in the first and a bases-loaded triple in the second off Josh Stewart (1-2) and finished 2-for-4 with two walks. For his career against the White Sox, who traded him to the Reds in 1998 for Paul Konerko, Cameron is batting .346 with nine homers and 26 RBIs.

Freddy Garcia (3-3) allowed just three hits, including a solo homer to Joe Crede, in six innings as the Mariners won for the 15th time in 20 games.




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