Wednesday, April 28, 2004

AL: Yanks rally past A's

Jeter streak at 0-28

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra delivered a go-ahead double down the left-field line, highlighting a six-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the New York Yankees past the Oakland Athletics 10-8 Tuesday night.

Trailing 8-4 and in danger of their fifth straight defeat, the defending AL champions broke loose and handed Oakland its fourth loss in a row.

Bernie Williams began the comeback with a single that ended his 0-for-13 rut and capped it with an RBI grounder. Sierra's double off Ricardo Rincon put the Yankees ahead 9-8.

Derek Jeter went 0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 28 at-bats.

Donovan Osborne (1-0) got one out for the victory after Mike Mussina allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings. Jim Mecir (0-2) took over for Tim Hudson after seven innings and let the first five batters reach safely.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Angels 10, Tigers 4

DETROIT - Darin Erstad hit a three-run double and Troy Glaus had two RBIs to help Anaheim win its fifth straight.

Glaus fell a home run short of the cycle and Valdimir Guerrero added three hits for the Angels.

Brandon Inge hit his second grand slam in less than a week for the Tigers.

John Lackey (1-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Scot Shields went 2 1-3 innings for his first save.

Detroit starter Nate Cornejo (1-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein left in the first inning with a strained right groin. He's listed as day-to-day.

Rangers 3, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For Francisco Cordero to get the save in the Texas Rangers' harrowing victory over Kansas City hardly seems fair.

Second baseman Alfonso Soriano should get at least partial credit for the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.

The quick-thinking second baseman almost single-handedly bailed Cordero out of a bases-loaded crisis in the ninth. First he went to his left to stop David DeJesus' grounder and came home for a forceout on Ken Harvey.

Then with the bases loaded and one out, Soriano repositioned himself because he figured Cordero was about to throw a breaking ball to Mendy Lopez.

He did, and Soriano made a one-handed pickup to his right, dashed to the bag for the second out and then fired to first to complete a game-ending double play.

"I hit it hard. I can't hit it better than that," Lopez said. "He made the difference."

Acquired from the New York Yankees in the blockbuster deal that put Alex Rodriguez in pinstripes, Soriano is a major reason the Rangers are 12-8 and tied with Anaheim for first place in the AL West.

"The guy walks in the door every day with a smile on his face," manager Buck Showalter said. "His teammates love him."

Soriano also had two singles and an RBI.

Twins 7, Blue Jays 4

MINNEAPOLIS - Jacque Jones hit a game-winning three-run homer to snap Toronto's three-game winning streak.

Torii Hunter's RBI single with one out in the ninth tied the game before Jones sent a 1-2 pitch from Justin Speier (1-2) into the left-field seats for his fourth home run.

Juan Rincon (3-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win.

Toronto blew a 4-1 lead in the eighth and spoiled seven solid innings by Miguel Batista, who allowed two runs and five hits.

Twins starter Johan Santana worked seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. He struck out a season-high eight.

Reed Johnson had three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Mariners 7, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE - Dan Wilson homered in the fourth and drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid.

John Olerud had three of Seattle's 13 hits, and the Mariners improved to 1-11 when allowing five or more runs in a game. It was the 100th win for Seattle manager Bob Melvin, who accomplished the feat in 182 games - fastest in franchise history.

Rafael Palmeiro and Larry Bigbie homered, and Brian Roberts had three hits for the Orioles, who have lost a season-high three straight.

Ron Villone (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings and Eddie Guardado got four outs for his third save. He retired Javy Lopez in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs.

Rodrigo Lopez (1-1) lost despite allowing just one hit in 3 2-3 innings.

Indians 11, White Sox 7, 10 innings

CHICAGO - Omar Vizquel had four hits and Cleveland scored four times in the 10th.

Ronnie Belliard had three hits for the Indians and Victor Martinez added a solo home run.

Jon Adkins (2-1) gave up back-to-back singles to Vizquel and Jody Gerut in the 10th, then served up an RBI double to Casey Blake, making it 8-7. Martinez later walked with the bases loaded and Belliard hit an RBI single to center and another run scored when Aaron Rowand bobbled the ball.

Rafael Betancourt (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the Indians and had three strikeouts.

Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas hit back-to-back homers for the White Sox in the first inning. Paul Konerko also homered in the first off Cleveland starter Jeff D'Amico.

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