Clemens sustains short-rest shellacking

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

TORONTO -- Roger Clemens struggled on short rest as a fill-in for Orlando Hernandez, allowing six runs in five innings as the New York Yankees lost 11-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

Hernandez missed his start with a sore neck. Clemens (1-2), originally scheduled to start Friday in Boston, offered to pitch on three days' rest.

Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who won the final two games to split the four-game series. Raul Mondesi went 3-for-3 with two walks.

Rangers 7, Athletics 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Doug Davis pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and rookie Kevin Mench hit his first homer and had four RBIs for Texas.

Davis (2-0), making his 45th career start, struck out six and walked one. He allowed just one runner past first base in his third complete game.

Mench was a more than adequate replacement in right field for Juan Gonzalez, the two-time AL MVP placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a torn muscle in his right hand.

Mench hit a two-run homer in the second off Mark Mulder (2-1) to put the Rangers ahead to stay. Mulder left after four innings because of tightness in his left forearm.

Indians 8, Twins 4

CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel hit a three-run homer and Cleveland won its eighth straight game, completeing a four-game sweep against Minnesota.

Former Twin Matt Lawton made two sensational catches in right field for the Indians, who are 9-1 and off to their best start since opening 10-0 in 1966. Cleveland completed its first four-game sweep of the Twins since 1994.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire and reliever Jack Cressend were not around for the final out. Both were ejected in the fifth after Cressend hit Ricky Gutierrez in the left thigh with a pitch.

Bartolo Colon (3-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Cleveland starting pitchers are now 9-0 with a 3.36 ERA.

Orioles 15, Devil Rays 6

BALTIMORE -- Geronimo Gil and Mike Bordick homered in a 12-run sixth inning as Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak.

Held to only six runs during its six-game skid, Baltimore ended the drought in record fashion. The Orioles set team marks for runs (12) and hits (11) in a single inning.

The Orioles' 11 hits were more than they had in any game this year and five more than they produced in any game during their slide.

Rodrigo Lopez (1-0) pitched four perfect innings to earn his first major league win.

Royals 8, Red Sox 5

BOSTON -- Chuck Knoblauch ended his outstanding series with a go-ahead double as Kansas City scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat Boston.

The Royals overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-4 and beat Ugueth Urbina (0-2).

Jason Grimsley (1-0) got the win despite allowing Johnny Damon's RBI triple that put the Red Sox ahead 5-4 in the eighth.

Knoblauch hit a grand slam in the opening game of the series, Boston's 8-4 win Tuesday. On Wednesday, he matched his career high with three stolen bases in a 6-2 victory.

Mariners 8, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and Jeff Cirillo hit a three-run double as the Seattle Mariners completed their first four-game sweep ever at Anaheim.

Freddy Garcia (1-2) won his sixth straight decision over the Angels in seven starts. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings without walking a batter.

The Mariners snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth with six runs. Scott Schoeneweis (1-1) loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Ruben Sierra before Carlos Guillen singled home the go-ahead run.

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