Sun, May 25, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Escobar gives Yanks ninth loss at home

MOJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Toronto Blue Jays downed New York in their own back yard as the Yankees played without top hitters Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter

AP , NEW YORK ANDPITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

New York Yankees' Jorge Posada, right, is out at second base while Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Mike Bordick makes the throw to first base for the double play during the bottom of the eighth inning in New York on Friday. photo: AP Photo

American LeaguesKelvim Escobar outpitched Mike Mussina (7-3) and the Toronto Blue Jays sent the banged-up New York Yankees to yet another home loss, 6-2 Friday night.

New York has lost five in a row at Yankee Stadium, its longest skid since the middle of the 2000 season. The Yankees' ninth defeat in 10 home games dropped them out of the AL East lead for the first time this year. They trail Boston by a half-game.

The game began about a half-hour late because of rain, and the crowd of 34,134 had little to cheer about after Jason Giambi's RBI double in the first inning. Escobar (2-1) and the Blue Jays' bullpen kept the fans quiet on a chilly, damp night.

The Yankees played without two of their top hitters. All-Star center fielder Bernie Williams was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of torn cartilage in his left knee -- he's expected to miss four to six weeks -- and shortstop Derek Jeter was scratched right before gametime with mild stiffness in his left hamstring.

Tigers 3, White Sox 2

In Chicago, Mike Maroth won for the first time in 10 decisions this season, pitching seven strong innings for Detroit.

Maroth (1-9) gave up three hits, two walks and struck out three to snap an 11-game losing streak. He won for the first time since Sept. 16, 2002, against Kansas City.

Dmitri Young hit an RBI double off Kelly Wunsch to score Ramon Santiago with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Santiago reached against Tom Gordon (2-4) on a throwing error by third baseman Joe Crede.

Chris Spurling pitched two scoreless innings for his second save.

Red Sox 9, Indians 2

In Boston, Derek Lowe pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game of the season and Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 23 games to lead Boston.

Lowe (4-3) got all the support he needed in a six-run first inning against Ricardo Rodriguez (2-5). He allowed just four balls to leave the infield and recorded 17 outs on grounders.

He improved his home record to 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA. On the road, he's 1-3 with an 11.57 ERA.

Rangers 5, Orioles 3

In Arlington, Texas, Rafael Palmeiro homered and drove in three runs to lead Texas to its season-high seventh straight win.

Palmeiro hit a two-run blast in the first and added an RBI single off Pat Hentgen (1-1) in the fifth that put Texas ahead 4-3. It was Palmeiro's first homer since hitting his 500th on May 11, a span of 27 at-bats. Ismael Valdes (4-2) gave up three run in six innings for the win and Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Athletics 4, Royals 1

In Oakland, California, Mark Mulder fell one out short of his third shutout of the season, pitching an eight-hitter to lead Oakland over Kansas City.

Mulder held the Royals scoreless until Brent Mayne's RBI groundout with one out in the ninth inning before finishing his major league-leading fifth complete game.

Mulder (7-2) walked two and struck out six to move into a tie for the most wins in the majors. He made quick work of the opposition once again, needing only 2 hours, 5 minutes for the game.

Eric Byrnes went 2-for-3 with a walk to increase his career-best hitting streak to 14 games, and Eric Chavez homered for Oakland.

Mariners 5, Twins 2

In Seattle, Mark McLemore homered, Jamie Moyer (7-2) won again and Mike Cameron made two highlight-reel defensive plays to lead Seattle.

Cameron stole a home run from Torii Hunter to end the first and added an unassisted double play in the seventh, catching a fly by Cristian Guzman and stepping on second base to get Jacque Jones.

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