Wednesday, August 18, 2004

AL: Cabrera's double wins it for Red Sox



The Associated Press

BOSTON - Orlando Cabrera hit a run-scoring double off the Green Monster in the ninth inning on reliever Justin Speier's second pitch of the game, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Pinch hitter Dave Roberts drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and was forced out at second base on Johnny Damon's grounder off Kevin Frederick (0-2). Speier relieved and Cabrera hit a drive off the left-field scoreboard. The ball bounded high in the air as Damon slid in ahead of Kevin Cash's tag.

Keith Foulke (3-3) pitched a perfect ninth for Boston, which retired Toronto's last 10 batters. The Red Sox (66-52), who got home runs from Damon and Jason Varitek, improved to a season-high 14 games over .500.

Eric Hinske and Vernon Wells homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost 12 of their last 14.

Mariners 16, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-4 and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Seattle.

Bret Boone hit two home runs and had four RBI and Raul Ibanez had a career-high five hits and scored four runs for the Mariners, who had season high for runs and hits (20).

Rangers 16, Indians 4

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Teixeira became the second player in Rangers history - and first in more than 19 years - to hit for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 and had a career-high seven RBI as Texas won its fifth straight game.

Scott Erickson (1-2) earned his first victory since Aug. 7, 2002, while with Baltimore.

Twins 8, Yankees 2

MINNEAPOLIS - Brad Radke pitched seven solid innings, Corey Koskie drove in three runs as Minnesota beat New York in the regular season for the first time since 2001.

Koskie and Justin Morneau each homered for Minnesota, which won for only fourth time in its last 12 games.

Athletics 11, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE - Tim Hudson pitched a five-hitter to earn his first victory since June 11, and Scott Hatteberg's second grand slam of the season highlighted a four-homer attack that carried Oakland to the rout.

Jermaine Dye, Eric Byrnes and Adam Melhuse also homered for the A's.

Devil Rays 8, Angels 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton became the first teenager in more than six years to homer in a major-league game. The 19-year-old Upton homered in his 39th career at-bat.

Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez was the last teenager to homer in a big-league game, on June 16, 1998.

Tigers 11, White Sox 8

CHICAGO - Bobby Higginson hit a three-run homer in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth, and Detroit hit four homers off Freddy Garcia (10-10).

Omar Infante led off the game with a home run, and Carlos Guillen and Dmitri Young each hit solo shots for the Tigers.

Ben Davis and Joe Borchard hit solo home runs for the White Sox, who dropped five games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Chicago was without manager Ozzie Guillen, who was hospitalized and might have kidney stones. Guillen also served the first game of a two-game suspension.




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