Saturday, June 12, 2004

Friday's Interleague games

By The Associated Press

DETROIT - Ivan Rodriguez homered in his first game against his former team, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Florida Marlins 8-4 Friday night.

Dmitri Young hit a three-run shot for his first homer of the year, and Carlos Guillen added a two-run drive for the Tigers.

Rodriguez, the star catcher who helped Florida to a surprising World Series title last October, went 2-for-4 with a single.

The 10-time All-Star signed a $40 million, four-year contract with Detroit in the offseason.

Gary Knotts (4-1), another former Marlin, got the win. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Former Tigers farmhand Tommy Phelps (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs and six in three-plus innings.


Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

BOSTON - David Ortiz singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning after homering in the seventh for Boston in the Dodgers' first game ever at Fenway Park.

After left fielder Manny Ramirez's error gave the Dodgers an unearned run in the top of the ninth, Johnny Damon started the bottom of the inning by walking against Tom Martin (0-1).

Damon went to third on Mark Bellhorn's double to left, and scored on Ortiz's single just inside the right-field line.

Keith Foulke (2-0) got the win after Derek Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings and Mike Timlin also threw a shutout inning.

Odalis Perez pitched the first eight innings for Los Angeles, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.


Padres 10, Yankees 2

NEW YORK - Adam Eaton pitched seven sharp innings, Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer and San Diego capitalized on Mike Mussina's early departure to beat New York.

Mussina left after just three innings because of tightness in his right groin. He came out as a precaution, the Yankees said. His injury occurred just two days after teammate Kevin Brown left his start against Colorado with a strained back.

Nevin connected in the ninth inning, and Mark Loretta had two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored for the Padres, who jumped on reliever Felix Heredia (0-1) in the fourth to snap a 1-all tie. San Diego beat New York in its first game at Yankee Stadium since losing Game 2 of the 1998 World Series.

The Yankees lost their first interleague game since being no-hit by six Houston pitchers exactly a year ago. They had won 13 straight interleague matchups.

Eaton (3-6) has won consecutive starts after losing six straight decisions.


Diamondbacks 3, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO - Danny Bautista hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning and Arizona rallied for a victory over Toronto.

With the Diamondbacks down 2-0 in the ninth, Chad Tracy doubled off rookie reliever Jason Frasor (2-2) before Alex Cintron hit an RBI double.

After Frasor struck out Doug DeVore for the first out, pinch-hitter Tim Olson singled to center for his first major league hit, tying it at 2 and ending a 0-for-15 slump.

One out later, Toronto reliever Terry Adams walked Steve Finley before Bautista singled to center, giving Arizona the lead.

Randy Choate (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jose Valverde got two outs for his seventh save.


Phillies 11, Twins 6

MINNEAPOLIS - Ricky Ledee's three-run homer, his second of the night, capped a five-run ninth inning and helped end the Minnesota Twins' four-game winning streak.

Lew Ford's two-run homer in the seventh for the Twins tied it at 6, but Jim Thome gave the Phillies the lead back with a two-run double in the ninth against J.C. Romero.

Ledee tied a career high with five RBIs and Philadelphia scored 11 runs or more for the third straight time.

Romero relieved Terry Mulholland (0-2) with runners at the corners and loaded the bases with a walk to Bobby Abreu before Thome's big hit cleared a leaping Torii Hunter, and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.

Tim Worrell (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning.


Devil Rays 8, Rockies 7, 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rey Sanchez hit an inside-the-park homer in the 10th inning.

Sanchez hit a liner to right field off Shawn Chacon (0-3) that went all the way to the wall after Jeromy Burnitz missed a shoestring catch attempt. Center fielder Choo Freeman backed up the play and retrieved the ball, but Sanchez was already headed home with the winning run.

Jose Cruz Jr. and Robert Fick homered for the Devil Rays, who are 14-6 in their last 20 games - the best stretch in team history.

Danys Baez (3-1) won.


Braves 6, White Sox 4

CHICAGO - Jaret Wright pitched two-hit ball for seven scoreless innings and Eli Marrero hit a three-run double.

The White Sox rallied for four runs against John Smoltz in the ninth on Carlos Lee's RBI double and Jose Valentin's three-run homer. But Smoltz struck out pinch-hitter Timo Perez with a runner on to end it.

Wright (5-5) won his third straight decision and struck out a season-high eight.

Scott Schoeneweis (5-4) went six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks.


Cardinals 12, Rangers 7

ARLINGTON, Texas - Albert Pujols returned from a hamstring injury and drove in a run, and John Mabry homered and had five RBIs.

Reggie Sanders homered had three hits for the Cardinals, who have a major league-best 22-11 record on the road.

Jeff Suppan (6-5) gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings to improve to 5-0 lifetime against Texas.

Brad Fullmer, Laynce Nix and Alfonso Soriano hit solo homers for Texas, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Texas starter Juan Dominguez (1-2) gave up five runs - four earned - in 3 1-3 innings.


Royals 7, Mets 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Matt Stairs doubled and tripled to help Darrell May avoid becoming the majors' first nine-game loser.

In their first appearance in Kauffman Stadium, the Mets lost their fourth in a row and their sixth in seven.

May (3-8) allowed 11 hits and five runs in six innings, with five strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt got the final four outs for his eighth straight save. New York loaded the bases with three singles in the ninth before Affeldt got Karim Garcia on a bouncer to first to end it.

Jae Seo (3-5) gave up eight hits and six runs in 4 2-3 innings.


NL: Brewers 9, Astros 3

MILWAUKEE - Scott Podsednik hit a three-run homer and an RBI double to back a solid outing by Doug Davis in the Milwaukee Brewers' 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Geoff Jenkins and Junior Spivey also homered for the Brewers, who have beaten Tim Redding (3-5) three times this season.

Jeff Kent extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games - a franchise record and tied for the longest in the majors this season - with a leadoff double in the second inning. He broke the mark he shared with Tony Eusebio, who hit in 24 straight in 2000.

Davis (5-5) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked a season-high five in his first victory in six career starts against the Astros - including two losses earlier this season.

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