Sun, Jun 27, 2004 - Page 22 News List

Devil Rays blank Marlins

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning, making it difficult for the World Series champions to round the bases


Walker, playing just his fourth game this year after being sidelined for 68 games with a groin injury, drove the first pitch from former teammate Jose Jimenez (1-6) into the right-field seats.

The two-run shot scored Todd Helton, who opened the 10th with a single. Walker also connected for solo homers in the second and sixth innings for the Rockies, who trailed 5-2 after five before scoring six times in the sixth.

He went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, one coming on a bases-loaded walk in Colorado's six-run sixth.

Steve Reed (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Rockies. Shawn Chacon worked a perfect 10th for his 16th save.

Red Sox 12, Phillies 1, 8 innings

In Boston, Manny Ramirez hit his American League-best 20th homer, drove in five runs and made an impressive diving catch to rob Mike Lieberthal of a hit in Bostons's rain-shortened win over Philadelpia.

Pedro Martinez (8-3) allowed one run -- Jim Thome's major league-leading 25th -- on two hits in seven innings for Boston.

The game was called after a 49-minute rain delay with one out and no runners in the bottom of the eighth.

Kevin Youkilis hit two two-run doubles and David Ortiz homered to start an eight-run sixth -- Boston's biggest of the season.

Paul Abbott (0-2) took the loss.

Rangers 3, Astros 1

In Arlington, Texas, Kenny Rogers threw a three-hitter to become the AL's first 10-game winner as Texas Rangers spoiled Carlos Beltran's Houston debut, beating the Astros for their seventh straight victory.

Rogers (10-2) retired 13 straight batters before Beltran hit a leadoff double in the seventh. After a flyball moved him to third, Beltran scored the Astros' only run on Jeff Kent's sacrifice fly. Rogers joined Houston's Roger Clemens as the majors' only 10-game winners with his 35th career complete game.

Beltran went 2-for-4 a day after he was traded to the Astros from the last-place Kansas City Royals in a three-way deal that also sent reliever Octavio Dotel from Houston to Oakland.

Wade Miller (7-7) walked six and struck out two in 5 1-3 innings.

Cardinals 5, Royals 2

In Kansas City, Missouri, Scott Rolen's homer and three-run double added four RBIs to his major league-leading total, and Matt Morris (8-6) pitched eight strong innings as St. Louis downed Kansas City.

It was the fifth four-RBI game of the season for Rolen, who leads the majors with 75 RBIs. He also had a single and was 3-for-4 to raise his average to .341.

Zack Greinke (1-4), the youngest player in the majors at 20 years old, allowed six hits and four runs in five innings in the Royals' first game since trading star center fielder Carlos Beltran to Houston.

Yadier Molina had three hits for the Cardinals, who have won nine of 11 and own a major league-best 24-12 road record.

Twins 6, Brewers 3

In Minneapolis, Johan Santana won his fourth straight start, and Cristian Guzman homered and scored four runs to lead Minnesota past Milwaukee for its third consecutive victory.

Santana (6-4) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, and picked up right where he left off after striking out 12 Brewers on Sunday. He struck out the first four batters he faced Friday, finished with 10 overall and leads the American League in strikeouts with 100.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 opportunities.

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