Fri, Jul 30, 2004 - Page 24 News List

Ortiz earns 100th major league win

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Reliever Russ Ortiz of the Braves hit the century mark in a heated battle with the Pirates. Angel's Troy Percival got his 300th career save


Steve Reed (2-2) allowed a run and two hits in two innings to earn the win. Los Angeles had a runner on second with one out after shortstop Royce Clayton's fielding error in the ninth, but Shawn Chacon got the final two outs for his 23rd save.

Adrian Beltre hit his 29th homer, and Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run shot for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since June 25-26.

Jacque Jones hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning right after Chicago shortstop Jose Valentin dropped his foul popup with two outs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 5-4 to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

The Twins won for the 10th time in 12 tries and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox in the American League Central. Minnesota has won four in a row and Chicago has lost four straight.

Cristian Guzman drew a leadoff walk in the Twins 10th off Shingo Takatsu (4-2) and moved up on a sacrifice. After Justin Morneau was intentionally walked and Torii Hunter was thrown out trying to bunt, Jones hit a foul fly near the left-field stands.

Valentin ran down the ball and had plenty of time and room, but dropped a backhanded attempt. Two pitches later, Jones followed with a line drive single to left.

Terry Mulholland (3-3) got the win with a scoreless ninth and Joe Nathan closed for his 28th save.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2

In Oakland, California, Mark Mulder earned his 14th victory when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, as Oakland handed Seattle a team-record 15th straight road loss.

The A's won their fifth in a row as Mulder (14-3) pitched his fifth complete game of the season.

Eric Byrnes hit a tying solo homer in the eighth off Seattle reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa, then Julio Mateo (1-2) gave up Kotsay's one-hit that scored Scott Hatteberg from second.

Mulder gave up eight hits in becoming the majors' top winner this season. Texas' Kenny Rogers was to try for his 14th victory later Wednesday in Anaheim.

Seattle starter Jamie Moyer struck out a season-high nine over seven innings, and allowed only five hits and a walk, but remained winless in his last eight starts.

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest in the majors. He chopped a single to short in the third, just beating out the throw to first by Bobby Crosby. It is Suzuki's third career 20-game hitting streak. He has 43 hits this month after getting 50 in May.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

Dave Borkowski took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez hit two homers off Curt Schilling to lead Baltimore past Boston.

Facing a torrid-hitting club that scored 39 runs on 52 hits in its previous four games, Borkowski (2-2) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked none in a brilliant -- and unexpected -- performance.

Borkowski was lifted after Kevin Millar led off the eighth with a single. B.J. Ryan struck out Jason Varitek and Bill Mueller before retiring Gabe Kapler on a grounder.

Ryan completed the four-hitter, but gave up a solo homer to David Ortiz in the ninth.

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2, 10 innings

In Toronto, Vernon Wells homered in the 10th inning and Carlos Delgado had a tying RBI double in the eighth to lead Toronto over New York.

Wells homered off Scott Proctor (1-1) with one out as Toronto avoided a three-game sweep. In the top of the 10th, Wells robbed Derek Jeter of extra bases with a running catch at the wall in center field.

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