D-Rays sting Tigers

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Greg Vaughn's two-out single broke an eighth-inning tie and the young Tampa Bay Devil Rays went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 Tuesday night before a season-opening crowd of 38,142 at Tropicana Field.

Vaughn broke a 5-5 tie after loser Juan Acevedo walked Steve Cox intentionally to get to the Devil Rays' cleanup hitter.

Ben Grieve drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another run and Bobby Smith added a two-run double that glanced off pitcher Danny Patterson's foot and rolled into shallow right field.

Victor Zambrano pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win, and Esteban Yan finished.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Carlos Pena homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers.

Pena sent a 1-1 pitch from Dan Miceli (0-1) over the American flag on the right-center fence at the 388-foot marker.

A's closer Billy Koch (1-0) got credit for the win despite giving up Gabe Kapler's tying single with two outs in the ninth.

Mariners 7, White Sox 4

SEATTLE -- Mark McLemore and Mike Cameron drew bases-loaded walks as the Seattle Mariners rallied for four runs in the seventh off Chicago's bullpen to beat the White Sox.

The White Sox took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh on Kenny Lofton's two-run single off Arthur Rhodes (1-0). But Chicago used five pitchers in the bottom half as the Mariners sent 10 batters to the plate.

Lorenzo Barcelo (0-1) started the inning, and McLemore's walk off Damaso Marte brought in Dan Wilson with the tying run. Bret Boone's single off Bob Howry put the Mariners ahead 5-4.

Angels 7, Indians 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Eckstein went 3-for-4 and scored three times as the Anaheim Angels beat the Cleveland Indians for their first victory of the season.

Kevin Appier, acquired from the Mets in a December trade that sent Mo Vaughn to New York, got a no-decision in his Anaheim debut. He gave up four runs and four hits in five innings, leaving with the game tied at 4.

Appier had some trouble with his control. He walked four, hit a batter and threw 106 pitches.

Anaheim reliever Ben Weber (1-0) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings for the win. Troy Percival allowed a leadoff homer to Russell Branyan in the ninth but finished for his first save.



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