Sunday, July 27, 2003

AL: Benitez blows save, BoSox beat Yanks

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Pinch-hitter David Ortiz's two-out RBI single off Armando Benitez in the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees Saturday.

Home runs by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez helped the Red Sox build a 4-0 lead against Mike Mussina. But the bullpen blew it, nearly wasting an outstanding start by John Burkett.

The Yankees rallied to tie the game against closer Byung-Hyun Kim on Karim Garcia's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth.

Devil Rays 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO - Rocco Baldelli homered and drove in four runs as Tampa Bay beat Chicago. The loss snapped Chicago's eight-game winning streak.

Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI for the Devil Rays, who won for just the 15th time in 49 road games.

Indians 9, Twins 2

CLEVELAND - Rookie Jody Gerut hit a grand slam to highlight Cleveland's eight-run second inning Saturday night, powering the Indians past Minnesota.

Billy Traber (5-5) made the early lead stand up by holding the Twins to one earned run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Mariners 4, Rangers 0

SEATTLE - Joel Pineiro pitched a career-best three-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, leading Seattle over Texas.

Pineiro (12-5) struck out seven and walked two in his third career shutout and second this season. He beat Minnesota 6-0 with a four-hitter May 30.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO - Pat Hentgen beat his former team, and Jeff Conine and Melvin Mora homered as Baltimore beat Toronto.

Former Blue Jays third baseman Tony Batista went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Athletics 8, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rich Harden earned his first major league win, and Billy McMillon hit a leadoff homer as Oakland beat Anaheim.

McMillon, Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg had three hits apiece for Oakland. Eric Chavez added a two-run double.

Tigers 5, Royals 1

DETROIT - Jeremy Bonderman took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Ramon Santiago hit a two-run triple as Detroit beat Kansas City.

The AL Central-leading Royals have dropped four of their last six games.

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