Thu, May 29, 2008 - Page 19 News List

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Gutierrez grand slam sinks White Sox

SLAM DUNK At St Petersburg, Florida, Josh Hamilton also hit a grand slam to send his former Tampa Bay teammates home battered and bruised from a 12-6 smackdown


The Baltimore Orioles' Kevin Milllar, left, is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run during their game against the New York Yankees in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday.


Franklin Gutierrez hit a grand slam in the first inning as the Cleveland Indians pulled off a rare triple steal in an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the American League on Tuesday.

Gutierrez hit a 2-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers off Mark Buehrle (2-6) for his first career grand slam. Gutierrez hit a three-run homer off Buehrle on opening day and is batting .417 (5-for-12) with two homers and seven RBIs in his career against the left-hander.

Buehrle allowed seven runs in five innings. He was pulled after consecutive doubles by Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Garko in a bizarre sixth inning that featured the official scorer crediting the Indians with a triple steal.

The Indians’ rare offensive outburst was enough for starter Aaron Laffey (3-3), who allowed two runs in five innings.

Rangers 12, Rays 6

At St Petersburg, Florida, one-time Tampa Bay prospect Josh Hamilton hit a grand slam and matched his career high with five RBIs, helping Texas cool off the Rays.

Vicente Padilla (7-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. Hamilton had a RBI double off Andy Sonnanstine (6-3) in the first and added his second grand slam of the season in the eighth.

Twins 4, Royals 3, 12 innings

At Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Cuddyer singled home Joe Mauer in the 12th inning, giving Minnesota a victory and sending the Kansas to its ninth straight defeat.

The Royals had tied it at 3 in the ninth on Mark Teahen’s three-run, inside-the-park homer off Joe Nathan.

Orioles 10, Yankees 9, 11 innings

At Baltimore, Aubrey Huff doubled with the tying run in the 11th inning and scored the game-winner on a long single by Alex Cintron, giving Baltimore a win over New York.

After New York took a 9-8 lead in the 11th against Matt Albers (3-1) on an RBI single by Hideki Matsui, Melvin Mora led off the bottom half with a single off LaTroy Hawkins (1-1). One out later, Huff doubled and took third as Mora beat the throw to the plate.

Hawkins then issued two straight intentional walks before Cintron hit a fly ball to right over the drawn-in outfield.

Angels 3, Tigers 2

At Anaheim, California, Gary Matthews Jr hit an RBI single off Aquilino Lopez with two out in the ninth inning to lift Ervin Santana and the Angels to a victory over Detroit.

Santana (7-2) held Detroit to two runs and three hits, including Miguel Cabrera’s two-run homer in the second inning. The Angels’ right-hander pitched his second complete game of the season and third of his career, striking out seven and walking none.

Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1

At Oakland, California, Greg Smith ended a five-start winless stretch, Jack Hannahan had an RBI double and Bobby Crosby also drove in a run in Oakland’s victory over Toronto.

Mariners 4, Red Sox 3

At Seattle, Jose Lopez lined a single past diving third baseman Mike Lowell to score Wladimir Balentien with the game-winning run as Seattle beat Boston to end a season-high, seven-game losing streak.

The Mariners overcame Manny Ramirez’s 499th career home run.

The ninth inning began with a one-hopper by Balentien that went off the backhanded glove of Alex Cora for an infield single to deep shortstop. Miguel Cairo then sacrificed Balentien to second.

Pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed sent Balentien to third base with a ground out and Mike Timlin (2-3) intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki before Lopez lined a 1-2 pitch — and then got mobbed near second base by teammates who hadn’t had something to celebrate for most of a dreadful May.

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