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Minnesota helps Tigers continue losing streak

Detroit falls 8 runs behind Twins for dissapointing season start

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even with a two-run lead in the eighth inning, the Detroit Tigers still couldn't win.

Pinch-hitter David Ortiz broke an 0-for-16 slump with a tiebreaking bases-loaded triple in an eight-run eighth inning, and the winless Tigers lost their 11th straight game, 13-7 Sunday to the Minnesota Twins.

Craig Paquette homered twice and had four hits to help Detroit take a 7-5 lead into the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty hit a game-tying homer off Matt Anderson (0-1) and the Twins broke the game open after that.

Detroit, which replaced manager Phil Garner with Luis Pujols after six games, is off to its worst start since going 0-13 in 1920 and the worst in the major leagues since the 1997 Chicago Cubs began 0-14.

Yankees 6, Red Sox 2

BOSTON -- Mike Mussina retired his first 16 batters in his first Fenway Park appearance since falling one out short of a perfect game last summer, leading New York over Boston.

Mussina (3-0) finally allowed a runner on Doug Mirabelli's hard single near the third-base line and left after giving up four hits in the seventh, including a two-run homer by Manny Ramirez.

Homers by Alfonso Soriano, Rondell White and Robin Ventura -- all leading off innings -- helped the Yankees stop a four-game losing streak and move back into the AL East lead, a half-game ahead of Boston.

Mariners 9, Rangers 7

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ruben Sierra went 5-for-5 against his former team to overcome a pair of home runs by Alex Rodriguez as Seattle won its seventh straight game.

Sierra, who hit a grand slam Friday, hit a single off Rudy Saenez (0-2) that put the Seattle ahead to stay after the Mariners bounced back from a 5-1 deficit.

Rodriguez had a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run drive in the sixth for his 21st career multihomer game. Rodriguez and Rangers starter Kenny Rogers were participants in a fourth-inning triple play, the first in the major leagues this season.

Seattle, which had 18 hits, scored eight runs against the bullpen to improve to 7-0 in the road. The Mariners set an AL record with 59 road wins last season.

Angels 4, Athletics 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson homered in his second straight game and David Eckstein went 3-for-4 with an RBI double as Anaheim snapped a six-game losing streak.

Kevin Appier (1-1) allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in his third start with the Angels. Eric Chavez, who homered for Oakland, was one of only two runners to get past first base against Appier.

The victory ended Anaheim's nine-game losing streak against Oakland. Barry Zito (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings, ending a nine-game winning streak.

Orioles 9, White Sox 4

CHICAGO -- Melvin Mora hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and Jay Gibbons added a two-run shot to lead Baltimore.

Calvin Maduro (1-1) pitched in and out of trouble over six innings for the Orioles. Maduro gave up three runs, seven hits and two walks.

Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox, who did not get another good outing from Dan Wright (1-1), who allowed five runs in two-plus innings.

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 4, 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben Grieve hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Tampa Bay the win.

Randy Winn hit a two-out double off Pasqual Coco (0-1). After Steve Cox was intentionally walked and Greg Vaughn walked on a 3-2 pitch, Grieve singled down the left-field line.

Esteban Yan (1-0) retired all seven batters he faced for the win.



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