Thursday, April 29, 2004

AL: Schilling shuts out TB over 71/3 innings

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Curt Schilling pitched his best game with the Red Sox, and Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer to lead Boston to its fourth straight victory with a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday night.

Schilling (3-1) struck out eight, walked none and allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out the side in the seventh, ending the inning with a called third strike against Toby Hall on a 97 mph fastball.

On his 106th pitch, Schilling retired Rey Sanchez on a fly to center leading off the eighth. Alan Embree relieved, and Schilling left to a standing ovation with a 5-0 lead.

Varitek drove in three of those runs with his homer in the fourth and a bases-loaded single in the three-run seventh. Bill Mueller added an RBI double in the eighth.

Royals 5, Rangers 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ken Harvey hit a tiebreaking three-run homer for Kansas City in the fifth inning, one pitch after just missing a home run. He was 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .421, second-best in the AL.

Twins 9, Blue Jays 5

MINNEAPOLIS - Pinch hitter Michael Ryan singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for Minnesota after Toronto scored four times in the top of the eighth to make the score 5-5.

Tigers 10, Angels 2

DETROIT - Bobby Higginson hit a two-run double in a five-run third inning, and Detroit ensured its first winning record in April since 1993.

With two games left this month, the Tigers (12-9) will end April above .500 one year after losing an AL-record 119 games in what was their 10th straight losing season. They went 3-21 in the opening month of the season last year.

Yankees 5, Athletics 1

NEW YORK - Jose Contreras earned his first win of the season, Jorge Posada and Jason Giambi homered, and New York sent Oakland to its fifth consecutive loss. Derek Jeter's hitless skid reached 32 at-bats for the Yankees.

Orioles 3, Mariners 1

BALTIMORE - Jay Gibbons' two-run single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and Baltimore ended a three-game losing streak. The Orioles were limited to just one hit after the first inning until taking the lead in the eighth against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-3), who entered in relief of starter Jamie Moyer.

White Sox 9, Indians 8

CHICAGO - Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to cap a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. The White Sox trailed 8-2 after six innings.

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