Sunday, September 19, 2004

AL: Yankees rebound with Lieber's pitching

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Jon Lieber no-hit the Red Sox until David Ortiz's two-out home run in the seventh inning, and the Yankees beat up on Derek Lowe in a 14-4 win Saturday that stopped Boston's momentum.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run single in a five-run first inning and later hit a solo homer; Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer; and Bernie Williams had a home run and three RBI as the Yankees restored their AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.

Lieber (12-8) allowed just one runner in the first six innings, on a third-inning walk to Doug Mientkiewicz.

Lowe (14-12) allowed eight of 11 batters to reach, losing his second straight start after winning five consecutive decisions. He left after he was hit on the lower right leg by a Rodriguez comebacker, and was charged with seven runs - six earned - in one inning-plus, his shortest outing since July 3, 1997. X-rays were negative.

Orioles 12, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS - Miguel Tejada homered twice and drove in five runs, and rookie Daniel Cabrera threw six strong innings for Baltimore. Tejada boosted his major league-leading RBI total to 131 with a double in the third, a solo homer in the sixth and a towering three-run shot in a seven-run eighth.

Athletics 7, Mariners 4

SEATTLE - Tim Hudson beat the Mariners for the third time this season and Eric Chavez hit his 29th homer for the A's, who moved two games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 with his 200th single. He has 236 hits this season, 21 from tying the season record set by George Sisler in 1920.

Rangers 2, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Emergency starter Joaquin Benoit pitched two-hit ball into the fifth inning, then six relievers gave up three hits the rest of the way for Texas. Rod Barajas, the No. 9 batter, drove in the Rangers' first run with an RBI single off Kelvim Escobar in the third inning.

Blue Jays 4, Devil Rays 2

TORONTO - David Bush and three relievers combined on a three-hitter for the Blue Jays. Bush (4-4) gave up two runs - one earned - and two hits and walked four in six innings, allowing only Julio Lugo's RBI single in the third and Jose Cruz Jr.'s single in the fourth.

Royals 7, Indians 1

CLEVELAND - John Buck hit a two-run homer and Jimmy Gobble (8-8) allowed two hits over seven innings in Kansas City's win over Cleveland. Angel Berroa had three hits and an RBI for the Royals, who won consecutive road games for the first time since June 16-17.

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