Manny's many RBIs push Sox past Jays

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002

TORONTO -- Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, once again leading the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 Wednesday night.

Ramirez was 4-for-5 and scored three runs as Boston's designated hitter. In the two-game sweep at SkyDome, he had seven hits, including two homers, and seven RBIs.

The Red Sox have won three straight games overall and have yet to lose on the road (5-0) this season.

No. 5 starter Darren Oliver (2-0) pitched seven innings and gave up seven hits and two runs in his second start for the Red Sox.

Jose Cruz, Jr. and Raul Mondesi both homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three in a row. Scott Eyre (1-2) was tagged over 1 1-3 innings, giving up seven runs -- all earned -- on seven hits.

Yankees 7, Orioles 1

NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi hit his first homer in pinstripes, helping the slumping New York Yankees beat Baltimore for a much-needed victory.

Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with a leadoff homer, Jorge Posada and Rondell White hit two-run shots and Shane Spencer added a solo homer for New York. The Yankees had lost six of seven games since a seven-game winning streak.

That gave enough support to Orlando Hernandez (2-1), who pitched in and out of trouble for six innings.

White Sox 7, Indians 2

CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle became the AL's first four-game winner and Ray Durham matched a career-high with four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians.

Chicago has now won seven of eight, and is off to its best start since 1994. Cleveland, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, lost two in a row for the first time this year.

Buehrle (4-0) ran into some trouble in the first inning, giving up a leadoff home run to Matt Lawton and an RBI single to Travis Fryman. But he allowed only four more hits over the next seven innings.

Tigers 7, Devil Rays 6

DETROIT -- Wendell Magee scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for their second straight victory following an 11-game losing streak to open the season.

Royals 16, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Beltran broke open a close game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals scored nine more times in the eighth to rout the Minnesota Twins.

Beltran's first homer of the season made it 7-3 and helped the Royals stop a three-game losing streak. The Twins had won four in a row.

Beltran added a sacrifice fly and Raul Ibanez singled and hit a three-run double in the big eighth. Brent Mayne ended the outburst with a flyout, bringing sarcastic applause from the crowd.

Mariners 7, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners finished up a 10-0 road trip as Ichiro Suzuki hit a three-run double and John Olerud had a two-run homer in a victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The Mariners, who set an AL record with 59 road wins last season, won four games at Anaheim, four more at Texas and finished with a two-game sweep at the Coliseum.

Seattle became the seventh team to start a season with at least 10 straight road victories. Atlanta was the last club to do it in 1994.

Jamie Moyer (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. Last season's 20-game winner for Seattle hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his first four starts.

Rangers 4, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif -- Ismael Valdes pitched 7 1-3 strong innings for his first victory with Texas, and Carl Everett homered as the Rangers beat the Anaheim Angels to snap a five-game losing streak.

Valdes (1-2) ended a personal streak of six losses in as many starts, dating back to last September with Anaheim. The right-hander, pitching for his fourth team in four seasons, allowed a run and three hits in his 200th career start.



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