Friday, May 14, 2004

AL: Yanks' Lieber retires 11 straight - twice

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Jon Lieber retired his first 11 batters, then gave up four straight hits before getting 11 more outs in a row, leading the New York Yankees over the Anaheim Angels 7-4 Thursday. Ruben Sierra, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams hit solo homers off John Lackey (3-4), with Williams getting his first three-hit game of the season.

Jason Giambi hit a pair of opposite-field RBI singles for the Yankees, who took two of three against the team that knocked them out of the 2002 AL playoffs.

Orioles 1, White Sox 0, 1st game

White Sox 6, Orioles 5, 2nd game

CHICAGO - Paul Konerko broke out of a 2-for-31 slump with a go-ahead three-run homer and had five RBI, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles to gain a split of their doubleheader. In the opener, Daniel Cabrera made an impressive major-league debut, allowing two hits in six strong innings to spark Baltimore.

Twins 1, Mariners 0

MINNEAPOLIS - Johan Santana allowed six hits over seven innings, and Minnesota completed its first home sweep of Seattle in 12 years.

Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI double in the second inning, and Santana (2-0) got some help from center fielder Torii Hunter to preserve the shutout and the Twins' first sweep over the Mariners in Minnesota since 1992.

Tigers 3, Athletics 1

DETROIT - Mike Maroth won again, pitching eight sharp innings and leading Detroit over Oakland.

Maroth (4-1) was 9-21 last season and did not post his fourth victory until July 5.

He ended the Athletics' season-high three-game winning streak, allowing one run and five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Devil Rays 6, Rangers 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Carl Crawford snapped a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single and had three hits, and Tampa Bay ended its season-high seven-game losing streak. Mark Hendrickson (2-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings as the Devil Rays won for just the third time in 17 games.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 6

TORONTO - Orlando Hudson tied a franchise record with five runs scored, and Miguel Batista earned his first win with his new team as Toronto beat Curt Schilling.

Hudson, Toronto's new leadoff hitter, went 4-for-4 with a walk for the Blue Jays, who have won six straight at SkyDome after starting the season 1-9 at home.

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