Sun, Jul 20, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Suzuki wins game in grand style


Devil Rays 2, Rangers 0

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jeremi Gonzalez allowed five hits over eight sharp innings and Rocco Baldelli had a pair of RBI singles for Tampa Bay.

Gonzalez (4-4) struck out six and walked one for his first victory since June 17. All-Star closer Lance Carter worked a two-hit ninth for his 16th save.

White Sox 7, Tigers 5

At Chicago, Mark Buehrle won his sixth straight decision and Paul Konerko homered and drove in two runs for the White Sox.

Buehrle (8-10) has won six of seven starts after losing nine straight decisions. He gave up 10 hits and four runs -- one earned -- in 6 2-3 innings.

Twins 3, Athletics 2

At Minneapolis, Chris Gomez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and Johan Santana took a shutout into the eighth as Minnesota beat Barry Zito (8-7).

The Twins have won two straight after going into the All-Star break with eight consecutive losses.National League

In San Diego, Steve Finley hit a three-run homer for the second straight game and Miguel Batista pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout as Arizona beat San Diego.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly began serving a two-game suspension for throwing a ball into the stands in Phoenix a week earlier after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes during a pitching change against San Francisco. Bench coach Glenn Sherlock is managing in Brenly's absence.

Finley scored three runs. He's hitting .514 (19-of-37) against his former team this year, with four homers and 12 RBIs. Shea Hillenbrand also homered for Arizona.

Batista (7-4), backed by four double plays, struck out five and walked one in his fifth career complete game.

Brian Lawrence (5-11) lost for the sixth time in eight decisions.

Giants 7, Rockies 0

In San Francisco, Jim Brower pitched six sharp innings, Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer and Rich Aurilia added a three-run triple as San Francisco defeated Colorado.

Barry Bonds went 3-for-4, doubled twice and scored a run during San Francisco's five-run sixth. He also threw out Jay Payton at second from left field in the seventh.

Brower, a converted reliever, tied his career high with seven strikeouts as the NL West-leading Giants won for the seventh time in 10 games. Brower (6-2) allowed three hits and walked one in his third start this month after 27 relief appearances to start the year.

Jason Christiansen, Joe Nathan and Felix Rodriguez finished the five-hitter.

Dodgers 8, Cardinals 5

In Los Angeles, Rickey Henderson hit his first home run since returning to the majors, and Los Angeles rallied to beat St. Louis.

Henderson's 296th career homer and first since Aug. 17, 2002, trimmed the Cardinals' lead to 4-3 in the third inning. The former AL MVP spent last year with Boston but wasn't re-signed and played 56 games for Newark of the independent Atlantic League before the Dodgers signed him last Monday.

Kazuhisa Ishii (9-3) allowed five runs -- four earned -- in six innings, improving to 5-0 in 10 starts at Dodger Stadium this season. Eric Gagne got three outs for his 41st consecutive save and 33rd this season.

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