Tuesday, June 24, 2003

AL: Rays' Zambrano outduels Clemens

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Victor Zambrano allowed five hits in seven innings and Damian Rolls homered twice off Roger Clemens as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to stop a five-game losing streak Monday night.

"I'm a line drive hitter that tries to move guys over, not a home run hitter," Rolls said. "As you all know, Roger supplied most of the power. I was just trying to get the (bat) there. The ball did the rest for me."

Zambrano, who pitched eight scoreless innings against the Yankees last week in a game in which Clemens took a no-hitter into the eighth, struck out six and walked four after falling behind 1-0 on Alfonso Soriano's 20th homer on the first pitch of the game.

Rolls went 3-for-3 against Clemens (7-5) and had a career-high four RBI.

Blue Jays 13, Orioles 4

TORONTO - Carlos Delgado increased his major league-leading RBI total to 80, and Shannon Stewart had three hits and a homer in his return from the disabled list.

Delgado went 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBI for the Blue Jays, who lead the majors in batting average, runs, total bases, hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Toronto has won six of seven to move within one game of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

"It is pretty cool," said Delgado, whose team was 11 1/2 games back after a 10-18 April. "It shows a lot of character the way we've bounced back after a rough start. It's a lot of fun to watch the standings for a change."

The Blue Jays are 12 games over .500 for the first time since August 13, 1999.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas - Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run double in the ninth inning, and Oakland extended the Rangers' losing streak to eight games.

It was the 20th loss in the last 22 games for the Rangers, their worst stretch since going 2-21 in September 1972. Earlier this season, Texas lost nine straight from May 30-June 8.

"He's a great pitcher, he was throwing hard. I looked up and he was throwing 97," Hatteberg said. "I knew that's what he was going to try and get me out with."

Red Sox 3, Tigers 1

BOSTON - Tim Wakefield pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a back injury and Boston snapped out of a brief slump.

Kevin Millar homered and drove in two runs for Boston, which returned home from a 2-4 road trip in which it managed only three hits in two of its last three games.

Wakefield (6-3) was listed as day to day after straining his lower back while running to cover first base in the fifth.

Detroit dropped to 2-15 in its last 17 games.

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