Wednesday, May 19, 2004

AL: Santana finally loses one

By The Associated Press

Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana suffered his first loss in 20 starts.
(AP photo)
TORONTO - Miguel Batista, Jason Frasor and Terry Adams combined on a five-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed Johan Santana his first loss in 20 starts with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Reed Johnson and Carlos Delgado had two RBIs apiece for the Blue Jays, and Adams escaped a ninth-inning jam. Santana (2-1) lost for the first time since July, 23, 2003, against Kansas City. He had won 10 straight decisions, allowing five runs - four earned - in 5 1-3 innings.

Batista (2-3) allowed two runs on two hits, walked five and fanned in six innings.

White Sox 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND - Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings and Chicago ended the Indians' season-high five-game winning streak.

Garland (3-2) allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one.

Paul Konerko hit a two-run single in a four-run fourth off Cleveland's Chad Durbin (3-4).

Damaso Marte gave up a sacrifice fly to Victor Martinez in the eighth and Billy Koch worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Red Sox 7, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tim Wakefield allowed one run in seven innings and Mark Bellhorn hit a three-run homer for Boston, which handed the Devils Rays their fourth consecutive defeat.

Wakefield (3-2) gave up only three hits to raise his career record against Tampa Bay to 9-1. He struck out two and walked two in beating Mark Hendrickson (3-3), who gave up six runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

Bellhorn homered during a five-run seventh.

Royals 7, Rangers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas - Carlos Beltran and Matt Stairs hit three-run homers, and Kansas City rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Texas.

Mike Sweeney also homered for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid with only their fourth road win of the season. Angel Berroa and Benito Santiago had three hits each for the Royals, who had a season-high 16.

Scott Sullivan (3-0) won in relief, and Nate Field got his first major league save. The Rangers' R.A, Dickey (4-3) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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