Red Sox take series finale against Yanks

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

BOSTON -- Derek Lowe struck out a career-high nine, allowing just two hits in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Monday.

Boston took three of four from the four-time defending AL champions and finished the series leading the AL East by a half-game over New York.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (1-1) left after just three innings because of a tender left elbow.

Lowe (2-1) allowed only singles by Jason Giambi in the fourth and Robin Ventura in the seventh. Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer off Rich Garces in the eighth and Ugueth Urbina got his sixth save, escaping a one-out, second-and-third jam in the ninth.

White Sox 13, Orioles 4

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer and matched his career high with five RBIs.

Chicago leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base, and Ray Durham had two hits and drove in three runs for Chicago, which built a 13-0 lead as it won for the fifth time in six games.

Jon Garland (1-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in seven innings. Jason Johnson (0-3) lost his ninth straight decision since Aug. 6, giving up six runs, six hits and three walks in 1 1-3 innings.

Mariners 13, Rangers 11

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark McLemore atoned for a ninth-inning error with a two-run single off Dan Miceli (0-2) in the 10th as Seattle won its eighth straight.

Seattle, which overcame home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Carl Everett to sweep the four-game series, has won all eight games on the road during its streak. Last year, the Mariners set an AL record with 59 road wins.

Desi Relaford homered and drove in four runs for Seattle, McLemore had three RBIs and Mike Cameron homered. Rangers pitchers walked 10.

Texas, which outhit Seattle 16-15, tied it at 11 in the ninth after McLemore dropped Kevin Mench's liner to left for a two-base error.

After blowing his first save opportunity in the ninth, Kazuhiro Sasaki (1-0) got the victory despite allowing the unearned run. Shigetoshi Hasegawa got three outs for his first save.

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