Athletics outlast Angels

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2005

OAKLAND, Calif. #&151; After Rich Harden and Jarrod Washburn dueled through eight scoreless innings, Nick Swisher scored from first base on reliever Scot Shields' throwing error in the 10th inning of the Oakland Athletics' 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

The A's hadn't scored in 14 innings before their extra-inning rally against Shields (2-1), who threw just six pitches.

Swisher led off the 10th with a single, and Shields bobbled Marco Scutaro's sacrifice #&151; and then made a bouncing throw past Chone Figgins covering first base. Swisher slid headfirst into home plate, ahead of Vladimir Guerrero's throw from right field.

White Sox 2, Mariners 1

CHICAGO #&151; Mark Buehrle pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12, and Paul Konerko hit a pair of home runs to lead the White Sox in a game that took just 1 hour, 39 minutes.

Buerhle (2-1) lost his shutout bid in the ninth inning when Ichiro Suzuki tripled and scored on Adrian Beltre's groundout to first. Suzuki had all three Mariners' hits.

Buehrle outdueled Ryan Franklin for the 16th complete game of his career and gave the White Sox their eighth straight victory over the Mariners, a streak that started last July 9.

Twins 6, Indians 4

CLEVELAND #&151; Lew Ford and Torii Hunter each hit three-run homers to help Minnesota Twins win its sixth straight.

Dave Gassner (1-0) worked six strong innings to become the first Twins pitcher to win his major league debut since Eric Milton beat Kansas City on April 5, 1998.

Gassner allowed three hits and two runs #&151; one earned. The left-hander walked one and struck out one.

Joe Nathan got one out for his fourth save.

Tigers 7, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo #&151; Jeremy Bonderman rebounded from a rough start last week to shutdown the Kansas City Royals for eight innings and help Detroit snap a five-game losing streak.

Bonderman (2-1) allowed six hits and a run six days after giving up six runs on five hits in the first inning of a loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Orioles 7, Yankees 6

BALTIMORE #&151; Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer off Tom Gordon to cap a five-run seventh inning, and Baltimore rallied to beat the slumping Yankees.

The Yankees have lost three straight and five of six to fall into last place in the AL East.

Roberts went 2-for-4 with two walks to raise his batting average to .444. The 5-foot-9 second baseman already has five home runs, matching his career high.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 2

BOSTON #&151; Manny Ramirez ended his longest homerless drought to start a season with a grand slam and two-run shot, and Matt Clement won in his Fenway Park debut.

Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the third inning, his 39th at-bat this season. In 2003, he didn't connect until his 35th at-bat. He hit the 18th grand slam of his career in the sixth.

Alex Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with a double and three singles for the Devil Rays.

Clement (1-0), signed as a free agent during the offseason after pitching for the Cubs last year, gave up one run and seven hits while striking out six and walking two in seven innings.

Dewon Brazelton (0-3) remained winless in his career on the road, dropping to 0-12 in 16 starts. He allowed six runs on six hits in 3 2-3 innings while walking six and striking out one.

Blue Jays 8, Rangers 0

ARLINGTON, Texas #&151; Blue Jays rookie Gustavo Chacin pitched eight shutout innings and Reed Johnson was hit by a record-tying three pitches #&151; two with the bases loaded.

Chacin (3-0) allowed two hits, walked two and hit a batter in his fifth major league start to help the Blue Jays win for the sixth time in eight games.

Johnson was hit by a pitch in the third, sixth and eighth innings, with the last two driving in runs. He set a franchise record and tied the major league mark.

, last set by current teammate Corey Koskie on July 27, 2004, while he was with the Minnesota Twins.

Shea Hillenbrand went 3-for-4 with a homer for Toronto.



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