Thursday, April 22, 2004

AL: Red Sox extend worst Jays start

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Doug Mirabelli homered twice, Tim Wakefield had another solid outing and the Boston Red Sox sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth straight loss with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

At 3-11, the Blue Jays are off to the worst start in club history. Toronto is also the first team to start 0-8 at home since the 1992 Detroit Tigers.

Mirabelli, who hit six homers last season, had a solo shot off Ted Lilly (0-2) in the third. His two-run shot in the fourth hit off the facing of the fourth deck in left field. It was his second career multihomer game.

Before the game, Mirabelli joked with manager Terry Francona about how he deserved to start over Jason Varitek because he homered off Lilly before.

Mirabelli, who went 3-for-4, was already in the starting lineup, but he's played in just three games this season, serving as Wakefield's personal catcher.

Wakefield (2-0) became the latest pitcher to shut down the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking two in 6 2-3 innings.

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five tries.

Boston has won three straight and six of seven.

Yankees 3, White Sox 1

CHICAGO - Alex Rodriguez homered and Jorge Posada hit a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning, for the Yankees.

Javier Vazquez (2-1) allowed five hits in eight innings - retiring his final 10 batters. After losing three of four at Fenway Park, New York has won the first two games in Chicago.

Rodriguez's second homer with the Yankees tied it at 1 in the sixth. Posada's seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot, made it 3-1.

Tigers 11, Twins 8

MINNEAPOLIS - Ivan Rodriguez had four hits and the Detroit Tigers roughed up Brad Radke to end the Twins' six-game winning streak.

Craig Monroe had three hits and scored three runs, and Alex Sanchez returned to the lineup and drove in three runs. Detroit led 9-0 in the third inning and held on to win.

Only once last season did the Tigers score more than 11 runs. On their way to an AL-record 119 losses, they beat Kansas City 15-6 on Sept. 23.

Devils Rays 7, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE - Tino Martinez and Rocco Baldelli homered to lead a rare Tampa Bay power surge, and the Devil Rays ended Baltimore's five-game winning streak.

Paul Abbott (2-1) allowed three runs and two hits in six innings. He was perfect through four innings, but he walked the first two batters in the fifth before Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer.

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