Tejada's blast powers Orioles past New York

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2005


  Baltimore Orioles Miguel Tejada rounds third base after hitting a grand slam against the New York Yankees in Baltimore Sunday, April 17, 2005. The Orioles won 8-4 sweeping the weekend series. AP Photo/Chris Gardner

Baltimore Orioles Miguel Tejada rounds third base after hitting a grand slam against the New York Yankees in Baltimore Sunday, April 17, 2005. The Orioles won 8-4 sweeping the weekend series.

AP Photo/Chris Gardner

BALTIMORE — Miguel Tejada hit his eighth career grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Kevin Brown and completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-4 victory Sunday.

The last-place Yankees (4-8) have dropped four straight and eight of 10 overall, prompting an angry response from owner George Steinbrenner.

''Enough is enough. I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankee fans are by the lack of performance by our team,'' Steinbrenner said in a statement issued immediately after the game.

''It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around.''

Melvin Mora also homered for the Orioles, who took a 6-0 lead in the second inning and coasted to their sixth win in seven games. Baltimore improved to 5-1 against New York this season after their first sweep of the Yankees since 2000.

Daniel Cabrera (1-1) gave up three runs in six innings for the win. Ruben Sierra and Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, whose four-game losing streak matches their longest skid of 2004.

Red Sox 3, Devil Rays 1

BOSTON — Tim Wakefield gave the Red Sox their third straight strong start to lead Boston to a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, which went hitless for the last seven innings.

The Red Sox won their fourth consecutive game, scoring only in the third inning off Scott Kazmir (0-1) on Edgar Renteria's second homer and Jay Payton's two-run single.

Wakefield (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, improving to 10-0 against the Devil Rays since they beat him April 16, 1999, in Boston. The knuckleballer's five strikeouts pushed him past Cy Young and into third place on Boston's career list with 1,343. He trails Roger Clemens (2,590) and Pedro Martinez (1,596).

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. The Red Sox outscored the Devil Rays 19-3 in the series.

Indians 2, Twins 1

CLEVELAND — Travis Hafner was hit by a pitch from J.C. Romero (0-1) with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to force in the go-ahead run, and Cleveland rallied to beat Minnesota.

The Twins had their six-game winning streak snapped and failed to get their first three-game sweep in Cleveland since June 14-16, 1991.

Bob Howry (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his fourth save. Ronnie Belliard homered for the Indians.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hank Blalock and Michael Young each hit a two-run homer, and Chris Young had his first solid start of the season to lead Texas over Toronto.

David Dellucci's two-run triple off Josh Towers (1-1) helped the Rangers build a 6-0 lead after two innings. Young (1-1) allowed only one hit through the first five innings, but didn't make it through the sixth.

Athletics 7, Angels 6

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marco Scutaro hit a two-run homer and Oakland finally got some offense in a victory over Los Angeles.

Jason Kendall hit a two-run double for the Athletics, who scored two runs in the first inning — matching their total from the first 19 innings of the series. Scott Hatteberg and Mark Ellis had run-scoring singles, while Huston Street and Octavio Dotel provided solid relief pitching in the A's third victory in four games.

Mariners 5, White Sox 4

CHICAGO — Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez homered, and Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking, two-run single to lead Seattle over Chicago.

Randy Winn had three singles and Gil Meche (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings as Seattle snapped an eight-game losing streak against the White Sox.

Eddie Guardado gave up a sacrifice fly in the ninth but earned his third save in four chances.

Freddy Garcia (1-1) allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings, his first loss in a day game since Sept. 7, 2003, with the Mariners.

Tigers 6, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Maroth pitched into the eighth inning and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits, including a homer and a two-run double, to lead Detroit past Kansas City.

Maroth (1-1) retired 12 of his first 13 batters and went 7 2-3 innings, allowing five hits. He lost his shutout in the seventh, which Eli Marrero led off with his first home run.

Runelvys Hernandez (1-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings.

The Royals, 1-5 on their eight-game homestand, have scored three runs or fewer in each of their eight losses.

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