Yanks sweep Royals, take first in AL East

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alfonso Soriano and Paul O'Neill had three RBIs apiece as the New York Yankees completed a sweep of the six-game season series against Kansas City with an 8-5 win Wednesday.

The three-time World Series champions, who moved past Toronto into first place in the AL East, are 28-7 against Kansas City since 1997.

Todd Williams (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in 2 2-3 innings, and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his second save.

Brian Meadows (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Kansas City stranded 15 runners in the game, two short of its team record.

White Sox 7, Indians 6

CHICAGO -- Jose Valentin and Tony Graffanino homered as Chicago built a 7-1 lead.

Chicago starter Cal Eldred had to leave the game after two innings with pain in his surgically repaired right elbow.

Sean Lowe (1-0) allowed just one hit in three innings, and Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his third save. Dave Burba (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Juan Gonzalez hit a long two-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Osuna.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

BOSTON -- Last in the majors with a .170 batting average entering the game, Baltimore scored four runs in the first. Boston's starters allowed just eight runs in the team's first seven games.

Willis Roberts (1-0) allowed two hits in four shutout innings and struck out seven. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Buddy Groom came on and got Troy O'Leary to ground out for his first save.

Frank Castillo (0-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO -- John Flaherty hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the off Billy Koch (0-1) in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay stopped a seven-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay closer Esteban Yan (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win.

Toronto starter Esteban Loaiza allowed two hits in five scoreless innings but couldn't retire a batter in the sixth as Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

Twins 12, Tigers 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Luis Rivas, Tom Prince and Cristian Guzman homered as first-place Minnesota kept up its unexpected power surge and swept Detroit.

The Twins (6-2), who have won all five games against Detroit this season, are two games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

The Twins, last in the majors in homers in 2000, have hit 13 in eight games. They have five multihomer game this year and hit three for the first time since June 30.

Joe Mays (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings. Mays has a 1.80 ERA in two starts this season.

Mariners 3, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Aaron Sele (2-0) allowed four hits in eight innings, sending Oakland to its third consecutive loss.

Sele (2-0) allowed just two hits through the first seven innings: a leadoff single to Johnny Damon and a second-inning double to Eric Chavez.

Kazuhiro Sasaki finished with a perfect ninth for his major league-leading fifth save in five chances.

Mike Cameron hit a go-ahead grounder in the eighth off Jim Mecir (0-2) and Bret Boone hit a two-run double.

Angels 7, Rangers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ramon Ortiz (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings and Benji Gil went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and RBI double.

Darin Erstad was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Troy Glaus hit a solo homer for Anaheim.

Ryan Glynn (0-2) gave up six runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings. Alex Rodriguez, who went 0-for-2, dropping him to .242 with no homers and two RBIs.

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