Sosa helps Orioles block Rays

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sammy Sosa hit his 575th career homer and first for Baltimore, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-6 Tuesday night.

Larry Bigbie broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth with a RBI single off Casey Fossum (0-1).

Todd Williams (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and B.J. Ryan got four outs for his first save. With runners at the corners and no outs in the ninth, he struck out Travis Lee and Jorge Cantu, then retired pinch-hitter Eduardo Perez on a flyout.

Twins 5, Tigers 4

MINNEAPOLIS — Shannon Stewart hit an RBI ground-rule double off Troy Percival with one out in the ninth inning to give Minnesota a victory.

It was the first earned run Percival (0-1) allowed in 40 1-3 career innings against the Twins. Before Stewart's big hit, Percival was the only active major leaguer with at least 40 innings logged against one opponent with an ERA of zero.

Lew Ford singled to start the ninth and moved to second on a sacrifice by Michael Cuddyer. Pinch-hitter Nick Punto walked, bringing up Stewart.

Juan Rincon (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the victory.

Rookie Jason Bartlett hit his first major league homer and Cuddyer also went deep for Minnesota, which tied the game at 4 in the eighth against a shaky Ugueth Urbina.

Angels 13, Rangers 8

ARLINGTON, Texas — AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero had two singles and scored three times before leaving with a bruised right knee.

Guerrero was hurt on a double steal in the third inning, when he slid into third base and then scampered home after a wild throw by catcher Rod Barajas for a 4-1 lead. He stayed in another inning, and got another at-bat, before leaving the game.

The Angels said Guerrero is day to day.

Orlando Cabrera drove in three runs. Juan Rivera replaced Guerrero and had a two-run double when the Angels scored three times in the seventh.

John Lackey (1-0) worked into the sixth inning Los Angeles and Scot Shields got four outs for his first save.

Chris Young (0-1) allowed seven runs over 3 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eric Hinske hit a three-run homer to extend his early-season tear and Gregg Zaun added a solo shot in Toronto's fourth straight win.

Josh Towers (1-0) shut down the A's again with 6 2-3 efficient innings, improving to 5-1 lifetime in the Coliseum and 5-2 in eight career appearances against Oakland. He retired 14 of his final 16 batters after a walk to Charles Thomas in the third. Towers allowed two earned runs on six hits, struck out six and walked one.

A's starter Dan Haren (0-1) gave up three earned runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked three.

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