Yankees storm back from four down to top Orioles

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2005

NEW YORK — Ruben Sierra snapped a seventh-inning tie with a three-run homer, and the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to get Randy Johnson off the hook and defeat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Saturday.

Mariano Rivera earned the save after blowing his first two chances this season against Boston, and Jason Giambi hit his first homer since Sept. 21.

Making his second start in pinstripes, Johnson was missing his best stuff. He gave up five runs — four earned — and eight hits in six innings, six days after beating Boston 9-2 in the season opener.

The Big Unit also hit a batter with a pitch and walked reserve Chris Gomez with the bases loaded in the fourth, when the Orioles sent nine hitters to the plate.

Alex Rodriguez had three hits and an RBI for New York.

Baltimore starter Bruce Chen allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 5

TORONTO — Gregg Zaun hit a grand slam to spark a six-run eighth inning, and Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie and Shea Hillenbrand hit consecutive homers for Toronto.

The Red Sox dropped to 2-1 under interim manager Brad Mills. Terry Francona was hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing chest pains.

Wells, Koskie and Hillenbrand each homered to left off David Wells for Toronto's first back-to-back-to-back homers since 2001.

David Wells (0-1) struggled in his second straight start, giving up six runs in 6 1-3 innings. He was also hit hard on opening day against the New York Yankees, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Jason Frasor (1-0) picked up the win after pitching 1 1-3 innings in relief.

Tigers 11, Indians 1

DETROIT — Marcus Thames hit a grand slam and Brandon Inge finished a homer short of the cycle, leading the Tigers in a rout.

Carlos Pena also homered for the Tigers, who had 11 hits and took advantage of three Cleveland errors. Inge had a triple, double and single in his first three at-bats but flew out in the seventh.

Wil Ledezma was the winner in his season debut, allowing one run and seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Jake Westbrook (0-2) allowed a career-high eight runs — seven earned — on seven hits and two walks in two-plus innings. The seven earned runs were also a career worst.

Rangers 7, Mariners 6

SEATTLE — Hank Blalock and Richard Hidalgo each hit two-run homers in the ninth inning to bail out Texas' beleaguered bullpen.

The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth to take a 6-3 lead, but Eddie Guardado (0-1) failed to close out the potent Texas lineup in the ninth.

Doug Brocail (1-0) pitched an inning for the win, and Francisco Cordero earned his first save of the season — ending Texas' string of three straight blown save opportunities.

Devil Rays 11, Athletics 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Josh Phelps and Aubrey Huff both hit three-run homers and Tampa Bay roughed up Oakland starter Barry Zito.

Hideo Nomo (1-0) won his Devil Rays debut, giving up one run and one hit in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Phelps and Huff homered during a seven-run second that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-0. The Devil Rays started the inning with five consecutive hits off Zito (0-2), who gave up a career-high 11 runs in just 3 1-3 innings.

The Devil Rays limited the Athletics to just three hits — including two homers.

White Sox 8, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS — Carl Everett, Timo Perez and Paul Konerko each homered in support of starter Jon Garland to lead the White Sox to an AL-best 4-1 start.

Perez's upper-deck shot off Brad Radke (0-2) in the seventh inning snapped a 3-all tie for Chicago.

Shannon Stewart hit a three-run homer and Torii Hunter added a solo home run for the Twins, who stranded seven runners in scoring position.

One day after being sent home with the flu, Garland (1-0) gave Chicago six solid innings, allowing 10 hits and three runs without a walk. Shingo Takatsu got the final out for his second save.

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