Sunday, April 25, 2004

AL: Boston now 5-1 vs. Yanks

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Mark Bellhorn drove in Manny Ramirez in the 12th inning with Boston's third sacrifice fly, and the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 Saturday, improving to 5-1 this season against their bitter rival.

Scott Williamson, Alan Embree, Keith Foulke (1-0) and Mike Timlin held the struggling Yankees offense without a run for six innings, increasing the bullpen's scoreless streak to 22 2-3 innings and helping Boston drop New York to 8-10.

Alex Rodriguez brought New York to 2-1 with his first homer in pinstripes and helped tie it by sparking a seventh-inning rally with a headfirst into first slide, then scoring on Gary Sheffield's single.

Paul Quantrill (2-1) was the loser, and Derek Jeter went 0-for-5, extending his hitless streak to a career-high 21 at-bats.

Tigers 5, Indians 2

DETROIT - Rondell White hit a three-run homer off Chad Durbin in the ninth after Fernando Vina led off the inning with a bloop single to right off Scott Stewart (0-1) and Durbin intentionally walked Ivan Rodriguez.

Detroit (11-7) didn't get its 11th win last year until May 23, when it was 11-35.

Ugueth Urbina (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth.

Devil Rays 4, White Sox 1

CHICAGO - Julio Lugo drove in two runs and Doug Waechter (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Danny Baez got four outs for his second save.

Frank Thomas homered for the second straight day after missing three games because of a hamstring injury. With an eighth-inning walk, Thomas moved past Hank Aaron into 21st place on the career list with 1,403.

Dan Wright (0-3) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4, 12 innings

BALTIMORE - Frank Catalanotto hit a tiebreaking single in the 12th inning, leading Toronto past Baltimore.

Chris Woodward led off the 12th by doubling off the left-field wall against Mike DeJean (0-1). Catalanotto followed with a single through the hole at shortstop.

Kerry Ligtenberg (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, off to a franchise-worst 5-12 start.

Carlos Delgado and Kevin Cash homered for Toronto, which had lost six of seven. Delgado had a season-high four hits.

Miguel Tejada had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs for the Orioles, who had won seven of eight.

Angels 6, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. - Vladimir Guerrero hit his fifth homer of the season to help Kelvim Escobar recover from a shaky start and get his first win for Anaheim.

Escobar (1-1) allowed three runs in five innings for the victory.

Four pitchers combined for four scoreless innings of relief to finish it, with Troy Percival getting his fourth save.

Mark Redman (1-1) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Erubiel Durazo made it 3-0 in the second inning with his first homer this season for Oakland.

Royals 10, Twins 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carlos Beltran homered and tripled on his 27th birthday to help Kansas City win for the second time in 10 games.

Beltran, tied for the American League lead with seven homers, hit a solo shot in the third inning off Seth Greisinger (0-1).

Shawn Camp (1-0), who replaced injured starter Darrell May in the fifth, worked 3 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, to pick up his first major league victory.

Matt Stairs also homered for the Royals.

Rangers 3, Mariners 0

ARLINGTON, Texas - Hank Blalock hit a tiebreaking homer off Freddy Garcia (0-1) in the eighth, and the Rangers (10-8) moved two games over. 500 for the first time since they were 30-28 on June 8, 2000.

Kevin Mench added a two-run double off Julio Mateo. Jay Powell (1-0) allowed one hit in two innings, and Jeff Nelson finished the seven-hitter against his former team for his first save.

Seattle, which has hit into 11 double plays over the past four games, lost its fourth straight.

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