Monday, April 12, 2004

AL: Ortiz bomb stops Jays in 12th



By The Associated Press

BOSTON - Mark Bellhorn hit a tying single in the ninth inning and David Ortiz had a two-run homer in the 12th, giving the Red Sox a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Curt Schilling, obtained from Arizona in a Nov. 28 trade, allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none in his first home game at Fenway Park for the Red Sox.

He beat Baltimore 4-1 Tuesday in his first start of the season.

Eric Hinske's first homer of the year gave Toronto a 4-2 lead in the sixth against Schilling.

AL batting champion Bill Mueller, in an 0-for-19 skid, walked leading off the 12th against Aquilino Lopez (0-1), and Ortiz followed with a drive to center for his third homer of the season.

Mark Malaska (1-0) pitched two innings for the win, retiring the side in order in the 12th.

Tigers 6, Twins 5, 10 innings

DETROIT - Craig Monroe hit an RBI single in the tenth to give the Detroit its fifth win in six games.

Rondell White walked with one out in the 10th, and pinch-runner Andres Torres stole second. Monroe followed with a line single to left off Joe Roa (1-1).

Detroit started last season 0-9 en route to an AL-record 119 losses. The Tigers were also 3-13 in extra inning games last year.

Steve Colyer (1-0) got his first major league win with an inning of scoreless relief.

Carlos Pena went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Tigers.

Yankees 5, White Sox 4

NEW YORK - Mike Mussina got his 200th win and rookie Bubba Crosby hit a three-run homer for New York.

Gary Sheffield drove in two runs to help the Yankees kick-start their offense a bit and gain a split of the four-game series.

After going 3-3 on their road trip, the White Sox head to Chicago for their home opener Tuesday against Kansas City.

Mussina (1-2) was coming off two poor starts against Tampa Bay and survived a poor first inning to become the 100th major league pitcher to reach 200 wins. It took him five tries.

Devil Rays 10, Orioles 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Victor Zambrano won his third game of the season by allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings for Tampa Bay.

Zambrano (3-0) gave up seven hits, two walks and struck out six. He pitched out of trouble throughout, holding the Orioles to 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The right-hander is the first starting pitcher to win three times through his team's first seven games since Kevin Appier accomplished the feat for Kansas City in 1995.

Aubrey Huff, Jose Cruz Jr. and Tino Martinez homered for the Devil Rays.

Angels 7, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas - Bartolo Colon allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings, and Vladimir Guerrero homered as Anaheim's two prized free agent acquisitions led the Angels.

Colon (2-0) recovered after allowing hits to the first two Rangers, keeping in check a lineup that produced 12 runs in each of the first two games of the series. He struck out five and walked one, allowing just one earned run.

Guerrero led off the sixth with his second homer.

Chan Ho Park (0-2) gave up six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings for the Rangers, whose three-game winning streak ended. Park struck out five and walked one.

Royals 5, Indians 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ken Harvey hit a go-ahead single off Rafael Betancourt in the eighth inning and Benito Santiago followed with a run-scoring double to lead a Royals rally.

Jose Jimenez (0-1) hit Mike Sweeney with a pitch leading off the eighth and walked Joe Randa with one out. Betancourt relieved and gave up hits to his only two batters.

Scott Sullivan (2-0) pitched one scoreless inning, and Curtis Leskanic walked two in the ninth before finishing for his second save.

Cleveland, which stranded 12 runners, had tied it 3-all in the seventh with the help of a throwing error by pitcher Jason Grimsley.

Mariners 9, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. - Seattle avoided matching the worst start in franchise history, rallying with two runs in the ninth to tie and getting a two-run homer by Bret Boone in a five-run 10th inning.

Seattle tied the game off former Mariner reliever and new Oakland closer Arthur Rhodes with RBI singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Winn.

The Mariners broke open the game against a shaky Chris Hammond (1-1) in the 10th to avoid matching their 0-6 start in 1991. The winningest team in baseball the last four seasons became the final team to get its first win in 2004.




REDS / BASEBALL
Reds say foundation in place
Photos of Sunday's game
Relievers leave club stress-free
Kearns finally gets bat, ball to meet
Reds at Phillies series preview
Ephedra ban begins today
NL: Wood stymies Braves
AL: Ortiz bomb stops Jays in 12th
AAA: Louisville 12, Norfolk 3
Notes from Sunday's games

THE 2004 MASTERS
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Just call him Major Mickelson - finally
Els is masterful, but it isn't enough
Another major comes and goes without Woods

HOCKEY
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Kovalev's two goals pace Habs

NBA
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After five years, Sixers' playoff run is finished

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