Soriano steals the show

New York rookie beats Boston with solo home run

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2001

BOSTON -- Rookie Alfonso Soriano stole the spotlight from Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens with a ninth-inning solo homer that gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

The marquee matchup lost its luster when Clemens left after the sixth inning trailing 2-0 and Martinez departed after the seventh with the score 2-2. Soriano homered off Pete Schourek (0-1) leading off the ninth.

Mariano Rivera, who allowed Manny Ramirez's game-winning, two-run single in Boston's 3-2, 10-inning win Friday night, pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. Mike Stanton (1-0) allowed one hit in two innings.

Tigers 1, Indians 0

DETROIT -- Steve Sparks (2-1) pitched a four-hitter to outduel Chuck Finley (1-2), who pitched a three-hitter. The game took just 2 hours, 3 minutes, the fastest at Comerica Park, which opened last year.

Detroit scored in the first when Roger Cedeno led off with an infield single, stole second, took third on a fly ball and scored on Bobby Higginson's sacrifice fly.

Blue Jays 5, Royals 4

TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado's RBI single capped Toronto's rally from a 4-1, ninth-inning deficit against Roberto Hernandez (0-2), who blew his second save chance. The Royals have blown 58 saves since the start of the 1999 season.

Shannon Stewart hit an RBI double and Alex Gonzalez hit a run-scoring grounder. After Raul Mondesi tied it with an RBI single, he stole second before Delgado, who also hit his sixth homer, blooped a single.

Bob File (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning and got the win in his major league debut. Kansas City lost its fourth straight.

Orioles 6, Devil Rays 5

BALTIMORE -- John Bale (1-0) allowed one hit in 2 1-3 innings for his first major league victory as Baltimore scored a season-high six runs.

Ryan Kohlmeier allowed Randy Winn's leadoff pinch-hit homer in the ninth before getting three outs for his second save.

Rusty Meacham (0-1) walked Delino DeShields and David Segui to lead off the fifth, DeShields scored when first baseman Fred McGriff bobbled a grounder and Melvin Mora doubled for a 6-4 lead.

Rangers 9, Athletics 8

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Alex Rodriguez homered and had six RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, as Texas sent Oakland to its sixth straight loss.

With the score tied at 8, Rodriguez singled up the middle off Jim Mecir (0-3) to drive in Chad Curtis.

The A's had erased an 8-2 deficit by tying it with a three-run eighth. Johnny Damon's two-run double off Mike Venafro got Oakland within one, before Miguel Tejada's single off Jeff Zimmerman scored Damon.

Zimmerman (1-1), who faced two batters, earned the win. Tim Crabtree pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Twins 9, White Sox 4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Mientkiewicz drove in a career-high five runs and Brad Radke became the majors' first three-game winner as Minnesota beat Chicago for its best start in 31 seasons.

Mientkiewicz's two-run homer off Chicago starter David Wells (1-2) in the fourth snapped a 3-3 tie. Cristian Guzman also homered for Minnesota, which improved to 8-2.

Radke (3-0) gave up three runs and four hits in the first, but settled down and allowed eight hits in eight innings.

Wells gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings, for the White Sox who got a home run from Frank Thomas.

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