Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Tampa Bay pushes win streak to five

American League

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Julio Lugo homered and drove in four runs to back Victor Zambrano, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Tuesday night to stretch a winning streak to five for the first time since 2000.

Lugo, who leads the Devil Rays with 29 RBI, hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the sixth.

Zambrano (4-4) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings and struck out eight. He walked two, raising his major league-leading total to 46.

Tampa Bay's winning streak is its longest since the Devil Rays won six straight from Sept. 24-29, 2000. Tampa Bay had lost its previous 11 games against the Twins.

Red Sox 12, Athletics 2

BOSTON - The first meeting between the Red Sox and Athletics since last year's playoffs didn't provide much drama. Mark Bellhorn homered and drove in five runs, and Boston backed Curt Schilling with its top offensive performance of the year.

Manny Ramirez hit his 12th homer and drove in three runs, and David Ortiz had four hits and doubled twice to increase his American League-leading total to 20. Bellhorn, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek had three hits each.

Mariners 5, Indians 4, 12 innings

CLEVELAND - Raul Ibanez hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the 12th inning as Seattle gave Cleveland its season-high six straight loss. John Olerud had three hits, including a game-tying two-run double in the eighth for Seattle, which won for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Royals 4, Tigers 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Second base umpire C.B. Bucknor called interference on a sliding Carlos Guillen in the ninth inning, nullifying the tying run and helping Kansas City snap a four-game losing streak.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 and one out in the ninth, Ivan Rodriguez appeared to beat out a double play, allowing the tying run to score from third. But right after first base umpire Chuck Meriwether called Rodriguez safe on a close play, Bucknor called interference and an automatic double play.

Yankees 11, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE - Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for New York, which dealt Baltimore its fifth straight defeat. The Orioles have scored only 11 runs during their five-game skid.

Rangers 7, White Sox 4

CHICAGO - Kenny Rogers won his third straight start, tying for the big-league lead with his seventh win for Texas. Rogers (7-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.

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