Friday, April 30, 2004

AL: Red Sox allow runs but keep winning



The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox finally allowed a run after 32 scoreless innings, then extended their winning streak to six with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second game of Thursday's day-night doubleheader.

Jason Varitek's three-run homer capped a seven-run first inning after Byung-Hyun Kim, making his season debut, and three relievers pitched Boston's third straight shutout, 4-0, in the opener.

The scoreless streak ended quickly in the night game as Derek Lowe (3-1) allowed two runs in the first on Rocco Baldelli's RBI groundout and Robert Fick's run-scoring double.

That hardly mattered because Boston got seven hits in the bottom half, one less than Tampa Bay's total for the other two games of the series, and scored seven runs.

Angels 12, Tigers 3

DETROIT - Vladimir Guerrero homered and the Anaheim Angels had an eight-run fourth inning. Guerrero homered, doubled and singled twice in five at-bats, helping the Angels win for the fifth time in their last six games.

The Angels scored seven of eight runs in the big inning off Detroit starter Nate Robertson (1-1). Overall, Robertson was tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Rangers 9, Royals 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Michael Young and Brad Fullmer homered during a three-run rally in the ninth inning. Young tied it with a solo shot against Curtis Leskanic (0-3). Hank Blalock followed with a triple and Fullmer homered with two outs.

It was Leskanic's third blown save in five opportunities. Carlos Almanzar (3-0), the fourth of five Texas pitchers, worked two perfect innings to pick up the victory.

Orioles 9, Mariners 5

BALTIMORE - Eric DuBose pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Melvin Mora and Brian Roberts had four hits apiece. Luis Matos had three hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won the final two games of the rain-shortened three-game series.

Baltimore got 15 hits, including 12 against Seattle starter Joel Pineiro (1-3). The Orioles used a four-run third inning to take control, then pulled away with a five-run seventh.

Yankees 7, Athletics 5

NEW YORK - Derek Jeter broke out of an 0-for-32 slump with a leadoff home run, Miguel Cairo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees, who have won three straight after being swept by Boston, put on a long-awaited power display against Barry Zito. The former Cy Young winner was tagged for a career-high four homers.




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