Fri, May 09, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Tigers chew up the Orioles; Yanks win

AMERICAN BASEBALL Craig Monroe homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers, who have won four straight games. Mike Mussina struck out 12 batters for New York

AP , BALTIMORE

New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui hits a two-run home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Joel Pineiro during the sixth inning in Seattle on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Brandon Inge broke out of a monthlong slump with the first two-homer game of his career Wednesday, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 for their first road sweep since 2001.

Craig Monroe homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers, who have won four straight games following a 3-25 start. Detroit outscored the Orioles 22-11 in its first series sweep in Baltimore since September 1993.

The Tigers (7-25) have won more games in the last four days than in the first 34 days of the season.

Inge, who entered with a .127 batting average, homered in his first two at-bats against Omar Daal (2-4) to send Detroit to its first three-game sweep on the road since May 1-3, 2001, at Texas.

Detroit starter Gary Knotts (1-3) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings to earn his first American League win.

David Segui went 3-for-3 with a homer for the Orioles, who have lost five of their past six games and dropped under .500 (16-17) for the first time since April 26.

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4

In Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking home run as Texas snapped Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Rafael Palmeiro of the Rangers remained two short of 500 home runs after going 0-for-4, but Carlos Delgado and Juan Gonzalez each hit their 12th homers, tying for the major league lead.

Delgado leads the majors with 37 RBIs.

Rodriguez hit his 11th homer leading off the sixth against Tanyon Sturtze (3-3) to put the Rangers ahead to stay at 4-3.

Twins 11, Devil Rays 6

In St. Petersburg, Florida, AJ Pierzynski hit a grand slam and Bobby Kielty also homered as Minnesota beat Tampa Bay for the 10th straight time.

Juan Rincon (1-0) pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Joe Mays to earn his first major league win. The AL Central champions have won seven of eight to climb two games over .500.

Kielty and Pierzynski, who had a career-high five RBIs, homered off Joe Kennedy (2-3) during Minnesota's seven-run fifth inning. Tampa Bay scored five times in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.

Five days after pitching the first one-hitter in Devil Rays history, Kennedy allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in four-plus innings.

Red Sox 9, Royals 6

In Kansas City, Missouri, Johnny Damon had three RBIs against his former team, helping Boston rally from a five-run deficit to beat Kansas City.

Kansas City, which has lost two consecutive games at Kauffman Stadium after an 11-0 start at home, built a 6-1 lead before the Red Sox scored four runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth.

Damon, booed every time he came up, hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Kyle Snyder and an RBI double in the eighth against Albie Lopez (4-1).

Steve Woodard (1-0) earned the win in relief of John Burkett. Brandon Lyon got his third save.

Yankees 7, Mariners 2

In Seattle, Mike Mussina struck out 12 batters to win his career-best ninth straight start, and Hideki Matsui and Nick Johnson each hit two-run homers as New York beat Seattle to end a three-game losing skid.

Mussina (7-0) snapped Seattle's four-game winning streak and became the first Yankees pitcher since Bob Turley in 1958 to win his first seven starts in a season.

The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings and did not walk a batter. He won his final two regular-season starts last season before getting a no-decision in the playoffs against Anaheim.

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