Sunday, July 18, 2004

AL: Tejada goes 3-for-4 as O's defeat Rays

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Miguel Tejada had three hits and an RBI on Saturday night, leading Rodrigo Lopez and the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Tejada, batting .356 with 27 RBI in his last 29 games, went 3-for-4 after going hitless in his first two games since the All-Star break, when he won the Home Run Derby.

Lopez (7-5) allowed one run on five hits, struck out one and walked five in 5 1/3 innings. Relievers Buddy Groom, B.J. Ryan, Jason Grimsley and Jorge Julio held Tampa Bay in check the rest of the way, with Julio working the ninth to earn his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

Julio gave up a solo homer to Aubrey Huff with two outs before getting Jose Cruz Jr. on a popup. The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Devil Rays, who have been held to just 19 runs during the stretch. They were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Lopez and needed a first-inning wild pitch to get their only run home from third against the Baltimore right-hander.

White Sox 5, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. - Freddy Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox.

Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for the White Sox. Garcia (7-8) is 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA since Seattle dealt him to the White Sox on June 27, and he improved to 5-0 in six day games this season. He allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked two.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT - Orlando Hernandez keeps winning while the New York Yankees wait for Kevin Brown and Mike Mussina to come off the disabled list. El Duque won his second consecutive start since the Yankees brought him up, and the Yankees won for their sixth victory in seven games. Gary Sheffield also homered and drove in three runs.

Rangers 4, Blue Jays 0

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Ricardo Rodriguez combined with three relievers on a shutout to lead Texas over Toronto. Teixeira hit his 20th homer of the season in the fourth inning after Michael Young singled off Ted Lilly (7-7) and Alfonso Soriano walked. Soriano added an RBI single in the eighth.

Twins 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johan Santana allowed one hit in eight innings, and Lew Ford and Justin Morneau backed him with consecutive home runs. Santana (8-6) improved 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts, allowing only a leadoff double to Angel Berroa in the second inning as Minnesota stopped a five-game losing streak.

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