Monday, April 26, 2004

AL: Pedro, Sox sweep Yankees

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees 2-0 Sunday for their first series sweep of New York since Sept. 10-12, 1999.

Martinez (3-1) allowed four hits and struck out seven. Scott Williamson finished with two hitless innings for his first save.

Javier Vazquez (2-2), pitching on three days' rest, gave up four hits and struck out eight in six innings.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and extended his hitless streak to a career-high 25 at-bats.

Indians 3, Tigers 2

DETROIT - Cleveland's Jake Westbrook allowed two runs and two hits in his first start of the season and second career complete game.

Westbrook (1-1) retired 27 straight batters over his last three appearances before Detroit's Carlos Pena homered with two outs in the second inning.

Ben Broussard hit an RBI double off Jason Johnson (1-4), and later in the third Jody Gerut homered for Cleveland.

Before the game, the Indians acquired reliever Rick White from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a minor leaguer.

Blue Jays 15, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE - Roy Halladay (2-3) cruised to an easy victory, Chris Woodward had a career-high four hits and Toronto won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske each had three RBIs, and Vernon Wells and Woodward drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Jays, who roughed up Sidney Ponson (2-1).

Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro drove in two runs and has 1,703 career RBIs, moving him past Reggie Jackson and into 17th place on the career list.

Rangers 14, Mariners 6

ARLINGTON, Texas - Laynce Nix, Rod Barajas and rookie Adrian Gonzalez hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning to match a team record, and Texas handed Seattle its fifth straight loss.

Nix also hit a leadoff homer in the fourth and had a career-high five RBIs, Kevin Mench had a homer and a triple among his career-best four hits and tied a team record with five runs scored.

John Wasdin pitched 4 2-3 innings in his first start since last July. Carlos Almanzar (2-0) was awarded the decision with 2 2-3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Ryan Franklin (1-1) gave up seven runs in 2 2-3.

Twins 4, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer for Minnesota in his first game since coming off the disabled list.

Hunter, in the lineup as the designated hitter, was out since April 7 with a strained right hamstring. In his second at-bat, he homered off Brian Anderson (1-1) to cap the Twins' four-run third.

Carlos Silva (3-0) gave up one run and nine hits in seven innings.

Joe Nathan got out of a bases loaded jam to finish for his sixth save.

Devil Rays 6, White Sox 5

CHICAGO - Juan Uribe and drew a bases-loaded walk from Lance Carter, capping a three-run rally in the ninth inning that gave Chicago its third win in four games.

Pinch-hitter Kelly Dransfeldt tied it with a two-out RBI single off Trever Miller (0-1).

Uribe and Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox.

Aubrey Huff and Toby Hall hit home runs for Tampa Bay.

Jon Adkins (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Angels 4, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. - Tim Salmon broke out of a slump in a big way, hitting a three-run homer to help Anaheim complete a three-game sweep of Oakland.

Salmon, hitless in his previous 13 at-bats, connected against Rich Harden (0-2) in the sixth to give the Angels a 4-2 lead. The Athletics were swept at home for the first time since May 2002, a span of 49 series.

Ramon Ortiz (1-2) pitched five solid innings in his best outing of the season before turning the game over to Anaheim's stellar bullpen, which again shut down Oakland.

After Ben Weber allowed an unearned run in the sixth, Francisco Rodriguez pitched two innings, striking out four. Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances. The Angels' bullpen did not give up an earned run in 12 innings during the series.

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