Monday, June 28, 2004

Sunday's interleague games

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK - The hugs and kisses said it all for Jose Contreras.

With his family looking on, he became the dominating pitcher the New York Yankees expected all along.

Making his first start since his wife and children defected from Cuba last week, Contreras struck out a career-high 10 in six shutout innings, beating the New York Mets 8-1 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader sweep.

"I thought my dad was going to win," said 11-year-old Naylan Contreras, watching her father pitch in the major leagues for the first time.

In the second game, Mike Mussina (9-4) improved to 8-0 in his last 11 starts with an 11-6 victory.

Ruben Sierra hit a three-run homer in a six-run first off Matt Ginter (1-2) and added a two-run single after the Mets closed to 7-5 in the top half. Miguel Cairo hit a solo homer and had a two-run single for the Yankees, who beat the Mets twice in the same day for the third time since interleague play began in 1997.

Rebounding from a 9-3 loss in Saturday's Subway Series opener, the Yankees have won nine of their last 10 against their crosstown rival.

At a tender news conference between games, Contreras was accompanied by wife Miriam and their two daughters. While Naylan sat on her mother's lap, the pitcher sat next to them holding 3-year-old Naylenis, repeatedly kissing her head and squeezing her after she nodded off and fell asleep.

He dedicated his win to his family and to "the people of Cuba who support me."

"During the game, I didn't think about my family," he said through a translator. "I concentrated on getting one out after another. I knew after the game my family would be here."

And that presence, he said, "gave me more motivation."

Red Sox 12, Phillies 3

BOSTON - Curt Schilling beat his former team for his 10th win of the season, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox, who took two of three from the Phillies.

Schilling (10-4), who pitched for the Phillies from 1992-00, gave up three runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. Texas' Kenny Rogers is the AL's only other 10-game winner.

Boston, which avoided losing consecutive home series for the first time this year, rallied for four runs against Brett Myers (5-5) in the third.

Marlins 11, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Carl Pavano pitched seven strong innings to earn his career-high sixth straight victory, leading Florida over Tampa Bay and stopping the Devil Rays' 13-game interleague winning streak.

Pavano (9-2) allowed one run on five hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts. He hasn't lost since May 19 at Houston, and each of his last five starts have followed Marlins losses.

The Devil Rays, whose interleague winning streak tied a major league record, lost for just the second time in 17 games, falling back to .500 (36-36) a day after becoming the first team in major league history to climb above the break-even point after being 18 games below.

Chad Gaudin (1-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.

Expos 9, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO - Tony Batista homered and drove in five runs and Brad Wilkerson also hit a home run to lead Montreal, which salvaged the last game of the three-game series.

Montreal might have played its last game in Toronto, although major league baseball is pushing back its decision on where to relocate the Expos until after the All-Star break.

Staked to an 8-0 lead in the second, Livan Hernandez (5-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Toronto starter Pat Hentgen (2-8) has lost a career-high six straight decision.

Indians 5, Rockies 3

CLEVELAND - Matt Lawton doubled home two runs in the seventh inning off Jason Jennings (6-7), scoring Casey Blake and Ronnie Belliard to break a 2-2 tie.

Matt Miller (2-0), one of three former Rockies pitchers used by Indians manager Eric Wedge, struck out two in one scoreless inning for the win. Ex-Colorado closer Jose Jimenez worked the ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances.

Cleveland moved back to .500 with its 14th win in 22 games, and Ben Broussard drove in two runs, giving him 12 RBIs in his last five games.

Tigers 9, Diamondbacks 5

DETROIT - Carlos Pena's grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Tigers the win and sent the Diamondbacks to their franchise-record ninth straight loss.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Tigers, who finished off a three-game sweep and won on a game-ending homer for the second consecutive game. Eric Munson homered in the ninth Saturday night.

Rondell White hit a two-run shot for Detroit, which tied it at 5 in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Bobby Higginson and Carlos Guillen.

Jamie Walker (1-2) got the win, setting down eight straight batters in 2 2-3 innings.

Brandon Villafuerte (0-2) took the loss.

Braves 8, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE - J.D. Drew homered in a seven-run eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a seven-run deficit.

It was the biggest comeback of the year for the Braves, who trailed 7-0 after six innings. Atlanta took two of three from the Orioles to end a run of five straight series losses.

The last-place Orioles, who have lost seven straight series, wasted an outstanding pitching performance by Matt Riley. The rookie took a shutout into the seventh inning and left with a 7-1 lead, but the bullpen gave it away.

Juan Cruz (1-0) retired the only batter he faced, and John Smoltz got four outs - including Larry Bigbie with a runner on third to end it - for his 13th save.

Jason Grimsley (3-4) took the loss in relief.

Astros 1, Rangers 0

ARLINGTON, Texas - Roy Oswalt struck out nine while throwing eight shutout innings, benefiting from a home run-robbing catch by newly acquired Carlos Beltran, and the Astros ended the Rangers' eight-game winning streak.

Beltran, acquired from Kansas City in a three-way trade last Thursday, scored the lone run for Houston. He also saved a run with his incredible catch in the first, robbing Michael Young by leaping with his glove extended over the top of the wall.

Oswalt (6-6), who didn't walk a batter, overcame extra-base hits in three consecutive innings for the win. Brad Lidge, who took over as the closer when Octavio Dotel was sent to Oakland as part of the Beltran deal, pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Ryan Drese (4-5) threw his second complete game for the Rangers, allowing six hits over nine innings and striking out four. He had been 4-0 at home.

Brewers 7, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS - Doug Davis won his fourth straight start and Lyle Overbay homered for Milwaukee.

Davis (8-5) became the first Brewers left-hander - and fifth Milwaukee pitcher overall - to post five wins in June. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, while striking out six and walking three.

Cristian Guzman tied a career high by going 4-for-5, and Matthew LeCroy had two RBIs for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game to Milwaukee.

Kyle Lohse (2-6) allowed eight hits and six runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Padres 5, Mariners 1

SEATTLE - Jeff Cirillo hit a three-run homer against his former team and Adam Eaton pitched into the seventh, leading San Diego over Seattle.

Eaton (4-7) worked 6 1-3 solid innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks as the Padres won two in the three-game series.

After the eighth inning, the Mariners announced that they traded pitcher Freddy Garcia and catcher Ben Davis to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Miguel Olivo, minor league outfielder Jeremy Reed and minor league shortstop Mike Morse.

Jamie Moyer (6-4) went five innings, allowing five runs - three earned - on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

White Sox 9, Cubs 4

CHICAGO - Miguel Olivo and Timo Perez homered, and the Chicago White Sox roughed up Greg Maddux and overcame two homers by Sammy Sosa.

Paul Konerko, who hit three-run homers in each of the first two games, had three more RBIs Sunday for the White Sox, who won two of three in the first crosstown series of the season.

Sosa homered in his first two at-bats against Esteban Loaiza (8-3), giving him 12 for the season and 551 for his career.

Maddux (6-6) he lasted just four innings plus, giving up 11 hits and nine runs.

Cardinals 10, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike Matheny had four RBIs, and Scott Rolen and Edgar Renteria each had three hits and scored three runs, leading the Cardinals to their first sweep in Kansas City.

The Cardinals' fifth straight win pushed them a season-high 17 games over .500 and five games ahead in the NL Central. They've won 13 of their last 17 on the road.

The fading Royals, in contrast, lost their fourth in a row and dropped a season-low 16 games under .500. They have been swept seven times and are winless since trading star center fielder Carlos Beltran to Houston on Thursday.

Jason Marquis (7-4) labored through five innings for his sixth win in eight starts.

Jimmy Gobble (4-5) went 4 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits.

Giants 5, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. - Barry Bonds hit his first home run in 13 games and Marquis Grissom also homered in San Francisco's 12th win in 14 games.

Bonds hit an 0-1 pitch from Mark Redman (6-4) into the seats in right-center for his 19th homer - and No. 677 of his career. He hadn't homered since June 13 at Baltimore, a span of 32 at-bats.

The solo shot tied the game at 1. Redman, pitching on three days' rest, had retired seven straight before the homer. Bonds drew two more walks, one intentional - he has been walked a majors-leading 109 times through 66 games, 57 intentionally.

Dustin Hermanson (3-2) won for the first time in four starts and ended a string of three straight no-decisions that followed a 16-4 win at Colorado on June 6.

Dodgers 10, Angels 5

LOS ANGELES - Adrian Beltre hit two homers and drove in a season-high five runs, and the Dodgers snapped a six-game losing streak.

The win was the Dodgers' first since they won two of three against the New York Yankees last weekend, and it also ended their six-game losing streak to the Angels dating to last season.

Kazuhisa Ishii (9-3) won his fourth straight decision, allowing five runs - three earned - in six-plus innings.

Bartolo Colon (5-7) allowed eight hits and eight runs in 3 2-3 innings - his shortest outing this season - while losing for the fifth time in six decisions.

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