Royals stay unbeaten, Tigers remain winless

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

DETROIT Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs to lead the unbeaten Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the winless Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Miguel Asencio (1-0) allowed one unearned run in five innings for the Royals (7-0), who remained the only undefeated team in baseball and extended their team record for the best start to a season.

The Tigers (0-8) matched the 1962-63 New York Mets as the only teams to lose their first eight games in back-to-back seasons. A loss Friday against the White Sox would make Detroit the only team with consecutive 0-9 starts. The Tigers went 0-11 last year.

The Yankees improved to 8-1, their best start since posting the same record to open the 1988 season. New York sent the defending AL Central champions to their sixth loss in a row.

Matsui and Bernie Williams each had three hits as New York completed a three-game sweep and beat the Twins for the ninth consecutive time.

Wells (2-0) was in control the whole way, never permitting a runner past second base in his 12th career shutout.

Seguis two-out single to center off Jesus Colome (0-1) put the Orioles in front after Baltimore had blown a lead of three runs or more for the third straight game.

The Orioles lost the first two games of the series despite taking commanding leads. They were up 6-0 before losing 8-7 in 10 innings on Tuesday and blew a 4-0 lead in Wednesdays 10-7 defeat.

Francisco Cordero (1-1) threw a hitless eighth inning to pick up the victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his third save to help the Rangers stop a three-game losing streak.

Scott Hatteberg hit three doubles and reached base five times, and Jermaine Dye homered for the Athletics, who had their nine-game winning streak against the Rangers snapped.

Nixons tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth inning off Cliff Politte (0-1) gave Boston a 6-4 lead. Nixon went 3-for-3 with a walk for the Red Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep.

Damon had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. It was his fifth career two-homer game.

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run shot off Mike Timlin (1-0) in the ninth to cut it to 8-7. Delgado has three homers and 13 RBIs in the last four games.

Manny Ramirez was 0-for-5, ending his career-high hitting streak at 22 games.

Working quickly on another chilly night at Jacobs Field, Buehrle (2-1) allowed one run and five hits. The left-hander, who shut out Detroit for eight innings in his last start, extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings before allowing a run with two outs in the sixth.

Sandy Alomar Jr. went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. He was 6-for-7 with four RBIs against his former team as the White Sox won two of three in the series.

Chicago scored five runs in the first off rookie Jason Davis (0-2), who lasted just four innings.

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