Tigers' terrible start stretches to 0-8

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' losing streak stretched to eight -- their worst start in a half-century -- as Frank Thomas capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run homer that led the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win Wednesday.

The Tigers, the major leagues' lone winless team, also started the 1952 season 0-8. Detroit has lost two games since Luis Pujols replaced Phil Garner as manager.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 7

TORONTO -- Jason Giambi hit his first two homers for the Yankees but the Toronto ended New York's seven-game winning streak.

Giambi homered in his first two-bats, then struck out in his final three as Andy Pettitte failed to hold a 5-2 lead.

After Giambi struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh, Jorge Posada's two-run double tied the score 7-all.

Rangers 4, Athletics 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Rocker got his first save in Texas and Rusty Greer hit his first homer since June 8 against Houston as the Rangers improved to 2-6.

Both Texas wins have come against Cory Lidle (0-2), who gave up Greer's one-out homer in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie.

Carl Everett stopped a 2-for-26 slump with an RBI single in the eighth off former Texas reliever Mike Venafro.

Royals 6, Red Sox 2

BOSTON -- Paul Byrd (2-0) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings and Mike Sweeney got three hits and scored twice, ending a four-game winning streak for Boston, which hadn't lost since opening day.

Cory Bailey got four outs for his first save.

Derek Lowe (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. It was his first start since holding Baltimore hitless for seven innings in a 3-0 win last Friday night. Kansas City took a 6-1 lead with four runs in the eighth off Rich Garces.

Indians 9, Twins 3

CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome busted out of another April slump with a grand slam and five RBIs as Cleveland won its seventh straight.

Thome came in batting just .143 and hadn't hit a homer before connecting in the second inning off Rick Reed (1-1).

Dustan Mohr homered and Torii Hunter had three hits for the Twins, who never recovered after shortstop Cristian Guzman made two errors in the second, leading to six unearned runs. Danys Baez (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Devil Rays 3, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Paul Wilson (1-0) allowed four hits in seven innings, sending Baltimore to its sixth straight loss.

Jason Tyner drove in a run and scored one for the Devil Rays, who improved to 4-3, tying the best mark in franchise history after seven games.

With runners at second and third in the ninth, Esteban Yan struck out Mike Bordick and retired Jerry Hairston on a fly ball for the Devil Rays' first save of the season.

Mariners 8, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bret Boone and John Olerud homered off Aaron Sele (0-2), who left the Mariners to sign a $24 million, three-year contract with the Angels in December. Sele was pounded for seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.

James Baldwin (2-0) allowed one run and five hits seven innings, and Dan Wilson drove in three runs to help Seattle beat Anaheim for the 18th time in their last 22 games. The Mariners have won 11 straight at Anaheim.

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