Monday, May 5, 2003

AL: Zito beats Clemens in Cy Young battle



By The Associated Press

Cy Young beat Cy Old in the premier pitching matchup of the weekend.

Barry Zito outdueled Roger Clemens, blanking baseball's top-scoring team for eight innings Sunday to lead the Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 2-0.

A day earlier, Athletics first baseman Scott Hatteberg playfully called it a meeting of "Cy Young vs. Cy Old." Hatteberg drove in the decisive run when he hit a solo homer on Clemens' sixth pitch of the game.

"I want to reiterate I have all the respect in the world for Roger," Hatteberg said. "He's at the top of the list of guys I respect. I just meant Barry's young, he's older. I was just trying to be cute."

Zito (5-2), winner of last year's Cy Young Award, held the Yankees to four hits, helping deny the six-time Cy Young winner his 298th career victory.

"He has a really good curveball," said Clemens (4-2). "It doesn't really matter who you're matching up against. You don't go out and try to do anything different."

In other games it was Detroit 7, Tampa Bay 3; Minnesota 9, Boston 4; Seattle 5, Chicago 1 in a game shortened by rain to six innings; Toronto 8, Anaheim 2; Cleveland 3, Texas 1; and Kansas City 4, Baltimore 0.

Visiting Oakland won for the eighth time in 10 games, taking two of three over the weekend to become the first team this season to win a series against the Yankees.

Miguel Tejada added an RBI single, and Keith Foulke got three outs for his eighth save in 10 tries.

Tigers 7, Devil Rays 3

Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth and Detroit won for only the fourth time in 29 games this season.

The Tigers set a season high for runs, snapped a six-game losing streak and avoided the worst 29-game start in major league history. Baltimore of the American Association opened 3-26 in 1882.

After coming into the weekend with only 61 runs in 27 games, Detroit had 13 runs and 23 hits the past two days.

Rookie starter Jeremy Bonderman (2-4) allowed just two runs and three hits in six innings and Chris Spurling finished for his first career save.

Jorge Sosa (1-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings for visiting Tampa Bay.

Twins 9, Red Sox 4

Matthew LeCroy had three RBIs as Minnesota overcame a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Kenny Rogers (4-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, and J.C. Romero and Eddie Guardado finished with shutout relief.

Minnesota's first three batters reached to load the bases in the seventh, with Mike Timlin (3-1) making a throwing error on Cristian Guzman's one-out sacrifice. LeCroy's two-run single put the Twins ahead 6-4.

Mariners 5, White Sox 1

Ichiro Suzuki made a great throw to cut off an early run and hit one of three Seattle homers as the Mariners completed their first three-game sweep in Chicago since 1978.

Gil Meche (4-1) won his fourth straight decision and extended his scoreless streak to 20 1-3 innings before Miguel Olivo's RBI grounder in the fifth.

Bartolo Colon (2-3) lost his third straight start, and Chicago has lost 10 of 14. The game was called after a 68-minute wait.

Blue Jays 8, Angels 2

Carlos Delgado hit a three-run double and Toronto completed a three-game sweep at SkyDome and extended its winning streak to four.

Mark Hendrickson (2-4) and Kelvim Escobar combined on a four-hitter, with Escobar pitching three hitless innings for his fourth save. Toronto held the defending World Series champions to just four runs in three games. Anaheim (13-17) dropped a season-worst four games below .500.

Ramon Ortiz (4-3) allowed six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Indians 3, Rangers 1

C.C. Sabathia (1-2) won for the first time in seven starts this season, allowing four hits and an unearned run in eight innings at Cleveland.

Danys Baez finished with a hitless ninth for his fifth save. The Indians had been 0-6 in Sabathia's starts this season.

John Thomson (2-3) lost despite pitching a five-hitter for his first complete game since Sept. 2001.

Ellis Burks and Karim Garcia hit RBI singles for Cleveland. Bill Selby added a sacrifice fly.

Royals 4, Orioles 0

Mike DiFelice homered, and Chris George (4-2) combined with two relievers combined on a seven-hitter at Camden Yards as Kansas City won with only four hits. Kansas City won two of three in the series after going 0-7 against Baltimore last year.

George (4-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings before Jason Grimsley struck out four of six batters. D.J. Carrasco got six outs for his second save.

Eric DuBose (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Ottawa before the game, allowed two runs and three hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first major league start.




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