Sun, Jun 13, 2004 - Page 22 News List

Tigers beat World Series Champions

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Ivan Rodriguez, traded from Florida after signing a a US$40 million, four-year contract with Detroit in the offseason, hit a home run

AP , DETROIT, MICHIGAN

C.C. Sabathia of the Indians pitches against the Reds at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday. Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 6-5 in 11 innings.

PHOTO: AFP

Ivan Rodriguez homered in his first game against his former team, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Florida Marlins 8-4 Friday night.

Dmitri Young hit a three-run shot for his first homer of the year, and Carlos Guillen added a two-run drive for the Tigers.

Rodriguez, the star catcher who helped Florida to a surprising World Series title last October, went 2-for-4 with a single.

"This was a special night," Rodriguez said. "I had a lot of fun."

The 10-time All-Star signed a US$40 million, four-year contract with Detroit in the offseason.

Gary Knotts (4-1), another former Marlin, got the win. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.

"I was just trying to treat it as another game," Knotts said. "We've got a nice little run here and I just wanted to keep it going."

Former Tigers farmhand Tommy Phelps (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs and six in three-plus innings.

Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

In Boston, David Ortiz singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning after homering in the seventh for Boston in the Dodgers' first game ever at Fenway Park.

After left fielder Manny Ramirez's error gave the Dodgers an unearned run in the top of the ninth, Johnny Damon started the bottom of the inning by walking against Tom Martin (0-1).

Damon went to third on Mark Bellhorn's double to left, and scored on Ortiz's single just inside the right-field line.

Keith Foulke (2-0) got the win after Derek Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings and Mike Timlin also threw a shutout inning.

Odalis Perez pitched the first eight innings for Los Angeles, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.

Padres 10, Yankees 2

In New York, Adam Eaton pitched seven sharp innings, Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer and San Diego capitalized on Mike Mussina's early departure to beat the New York Yankees.

Mussina left after just three innings because of tightness in his right groin. He came out as a precaution, the Yankees said. His injury occurred just two days after teammate Kevin Brown left his start against Colorado with a strained back.

Nevin connected in the ninth inning, and Mark Loretta had two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored for the Padres, who jumped on reliever Felix Heredia (0-1) in the fourth to snap a 1-all tie. San Diego beat New York in its first game at Yankee Stadium since losing Game 2 of the 1998 World Series.

The Yankees lost their first interleague game since being no-hit by six Houston pitchers exactly a year ago. They had won 13 straight interleague matchups.

Eaton (3-6) has won consecutive starts after losing six straight decisions.

Diamondbacks 3, Blue Jays 2

In Toronto, Danny Bautista hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning and Arizona rallied for a victory over Toronto.

With the Diamondbacks down 2-0 in the ninth, Chad Tracy doubled off rookie reliever Jason Frasor (2-2) before Alex Cintron hit an RBI double.

After Frasor struck out Doug DeVore for the first out, pinch-hitter Tim Olson singled to center for his first major league hit, tying it at 2 and ending a 0-for-15 slump.

One out later, Toronto reliever Terry Adams walked Steve Finley before Bautista singled to center, giving Arizona the lead.

Randy Choate (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jose Valverde got two outs for his seventh save.

Phillies 11, Twins 6

In Minneapolis, Ricky Ledee's three-run homer, his second of the night, capped a five-run ninth inning and helped Philadelphia end Minnesota's four-game winning streak.

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