Yankees outlast Kansas City

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2000

NEW YORK -- Jim Leyritz's first hit of the season, a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, gave the New York Yankees an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Ricky Ledee had two doubles and three RBIs for the Yankees, who swept their first homestand of the season 5-0, including three wins against the Royals, who came in 8-3.

Mike Sweeney hit his league-leading seventh homer and tied the game with a seventh-inning RBI single off Jeff Nelson (3-0). Chris Fussell (1-1) was the loser.

Mariners 19, Blue Jays 7

TORONTO -- Alex Rodriguez hit three homers and drove in seven runs -- both career highs -- as Seattle completed a three-game sweep with their eighth straight win against Toronto.

Rodriguez scored five times, going 4-for-5. He hit a solo homer in the first inning, a two-run shot in the fourth and his seventh career grand slam in the eighth.

John Olerud went 4-for-4 and scored three times, and Jay Buhner homered, doubled and had five RBIs for Seattle, which had 22 hits. Carlos Delgado hit two homers for the Blue Jays.

Freddy Garcia (2-1) won despite allowing six runs and 11 hits in five innings. Chris Carpenter (0-3) was pounded for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Devil Rays 7, Tigers 6

DETROIT -- Mike DiFelice hit a go-ahead single off Todd Jones (0-1) in a three-run ninth following Vinny Castilla's two-run single as Tampa Bay rallied from a 6-1 deficit.

Roberto Hernandez (1-1) allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings.

Dean Palmer hit a three-run homer for Detroit, and Gerald Williams hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 4

BOSTON -- Carl Everett hit a leadoff homer off T.J. Mathews (0-1) in the ninth inning, his team-leading fifth homer. He sent a 3-1 pitch from T.J. Mathews (0-1) into the center-field bleachers.

Derek Lowe (1-0) got one out for the win. The Athletics have lost five of six.

Orioles 5, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sidney Ponson (1-0) pitched a four-hitter in his first career shutout and seventh complete game. His previous low-hit game was six, which he did three times.

A day after Cal Ripken got his 3,000th hit, Brady Anderson and Jeff Conine homered in a five-run first inning.

Joe Mays (0-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in eight innings as Minnesota lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Angels 3, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- Scott Schoeneweis (3-0) allowed three hits in eight innings and Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Scott Spiezio hit an RBI double in the fourth off Jim Parque (1-1), who dropped to 0-4 against Anaheim, and Ben Molina followed with a sacrifice fly. Edgard Clemente added an RBI grounder in the sixth.

Indians 2, Rangers 1

CLEVELAND -- As Chuck Finley sprinted toward home plate to help mob Jim Thome, it hit him again. This was exactly why he wanted to pitch for the Cleveland Indians.

Thome's one-out homer into the Indians' bullpen followed Manny Ramirez's shot to deep center in the ninth inning off John Wetteland on Sunday as Cleveland rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1.

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