Tigers defeat Devil Rays for first win

Winless no more

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers ended their losing streak against the team that started it.

Randall Simon drove in three runs and Jose Lima (1-2) pitched six scoreless innings as the Tigers won their first game of the season, 9-3 over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay swept the Tigers to open the season and help send Detroit to an 0-11 start. Only four major league teams since 1900 started worse: the 1920 Tigers and the 1904 Washington Senators began 0-13, the 1997 Cubs lost their first 14 games, and the 1988 Orioles set the record with an 0-21 start.

Simon's solo homer in the fourth gave Detroit a 2-0 lead and his two-run single began a five-run sixth, which made it 7-0 and prompted the crowd of 13,256 to give a standing ovation.

Orioles 5, Yankees 4

NEW YORK -- Tony Batista homered and hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as Baltimore handed New York's its sixth loss in seven games.

Roger Clemens bounced back from a rough start with seven solid innings, leaving with a 4-3 lead. But the Yankees, playing without injured center fielder Bernie Williams, could not hold it.

David Segui greeted reliever Ramiro Mendoza (0-1) with a ringing home run in the eighth that tied it at 4. Mendoza then gave up singles to Jeff Conine and Jay Gibbons before Batista's sacrifice fly off Steve Karsay.

Rick Bauer (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh for his first major league win. Jorge Julio got five outs for Baltimore's first save of the season.

Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO -- Shea Hillenbrand hit a three-run homer, and Frank Castillo (1-0) and Rolando Arrojo combined on a four-hitter as Boston beat Toronto.

White Sox 10, Indians 5

CHICAGO -- Chuck Finley (1-1) gave up nine runs in just 1 2-3 innings as Chicago snapped Cleveland's 10-game winning streak.

The Indians bullpen, best in the AL, also gave up its first run in 19 innings.

Twins 8, Royals 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Minnesota's bullpen was unscored upon once again.

Corey Koskie had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight.

Angels 6, Rangers 5, 10 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Darin Erstad hit a two-run double against John Rocker (0-1) in the 10th inning as Anaheim came from behind three times to beat Texas.

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