Blue Jays top Yankees to put end to four-game skid

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2002

NEW YORK -- Eric Hinske hit his first career home run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays survived a stunning collapse to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Saturday.

Down to their last strike with no one on base, the Yankees rallied for three runs in the ninth off closer Kelvim Escobar to tie it at 4.

Dan Plesac (1-1) struck out a swinging Jason Giambi with the bases loaded to force extra innings.

Hinske, who singled as a pinch-hitter in a three-run eighth, homered off Ramiro Mendoza (0-2) with one out in the 19th.

White Sox 12, Tigers 5

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko hit a grand slam and for the second time this week matched his career high with five RBIs to lead Chicago over Detroit.

Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer and reached base five times for the White Sox, who have won nine of 11. Magglio Ordonez had three hits, including a solo shot, and Jose Valentin also homered.

Konerko had three hits and leads the AL with 21 RBIs. He hit his third homer and fourth career grand slam off Nate Cornejo (0-2).

Jon Garland (2-1) won his second straight start, but barely got through five innings despite a big lead.

Athletics 8, Angels 7

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scott Hatteberg hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning as Oakland squandered a six-run lead then rallied to beat Anaheim.

Miguel Tejada drove in three runs for the A's, who took a 6-0 lead in the third inning against Kevin Appier.

Anaheim went ahead 7-6 with two runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth, but Oakland surged back ahead in the eighth to beat Al Levine (1-1).

Chad Bradford (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.

Troy Glaus homered and drove in two runs for the Angels.

Twins 6, Indians 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Kinney pitched into the seventh inning in his first appearance in 1 1/2 years, and Minnesota sent Cleveland to its fifth straight loss.

Torii Hunter and Doug Mientkiewicz hit solo homers for the Twins, who have won the first two games of the three-game series.

Minnesota had lost 18 of 23 to the Indians coming into this series.

Kinney (1-0) allowed two hits through six innings. He left with one out in the seventh after Milton Bradley's solo homer.

Ryan Drese (2-1) gave up five runs, seven hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.

Orioles 6, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Johnson allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings in snapping a major league-long nine-game losing streak as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.

Johnson (1-3) faced the minimum over his final 3 2-3 innings and earned his first win since Aug. 6.

A solo homer by Jay Gibbons and Jerry Hairston's RBI double gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

Willis Roberts worked the final two innings for his first save.

Tampa Bay starter Paul Wilson (1-1) allowed four runs and seven runs in six innings. He entered with an AL-leading 1.20 ERA but had it climb to 2.57.

Mariners 3, Rangers 2

SEATTLE -- Dan Miceli walked Jeff Cirillo with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning as the Seattle Mariners staged another dramatic comeback to beat the Texas Rangers Saturday night.

It was Seattle's ninth comeback victory of the season, and it came a night after the Mariners lost 9-0 to end a 10-game winning streak.

Carlos Guillen scored the winning run after Miceli walked Cirillo on a 3-1 pitch. Guillen hit a double off the left-field wall with one out in the inning. Rangers manager Jerry Narron used an unconventional strategy, asking Chris Michalak (0-1) to intentionally walk Ichiro Suzuki with runners on first and second to load the bases with two outs.

Miceli, one of five Rangers pitchers, then relieved Michalak.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (3-0) worked three innings for the win.

The Mariners were 4-for-4 on stolen bases the same day the Rangers announced that 10-time Gold Glove catcher Ivan Rodriguez would go on the disabled list next week with a herniated disk in his back. Rodriguez's replacement, Bill Haselman, had a throwing error in the 10th.

Seattle missed a chance to end it in the 10th. With a runner on third and one out, Hideki Irabu struck out Ben Davis and Mike Cameron.

The Mariners are 2-0 in extra-innings, and the Rangers 0-4.

The Mariners tied it in the ninth when pinch runner Luis Ugueto scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Desi Relaford with one out.

Irabu gave up back-to-back singles to John Olerud and Cameron to start the inning, then later intentionally walked Guillen with runners and second and third.

Texas has blown a league-leading seven saves in nine opportunities.

Rafael Palmeiro was a bright spot, homering for the second straight night. His solo shot off James Baldwin in the sixth inning tied the game, then Frank Catalanotto set up the go-ahead run with a one-out triple in the seventh and scored on Rusty Greer's single.

Palmeiro put a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right field Saturday, a day after hitting his 450th career home run in a 9-0 win. He homered 10 times against the Mariners in 2001 and now has eight at Safeco Field.

Baldwin allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.

He stopped a line drive by Alex Rodriguez in the third inning -- the ball hit his glove so hard that trainer Rick Griffin came out to make sure he was OK, but Baldwin did not leave the game.

Texas starter Dave Burba, who began his career with Seattle, gave up one run on four hits in six-plus innings, striking out five and walking two.

Guillen hit a one-out triple in the second that went to the gap in right-center and rolled to the wall. Guillen then scored on Dan Wilson's single to center.

After giving up the hit to Wilson, Burba retired 10 straight batters.

Cirillo missed a chance at the major league record for consecutive games at third base without an error. He tried to backhand a hard-hit ball down the line by Bill Haselman in the sixth, but it got past him for an error.

He remains tied with John Wehner at 99 straight errorless games. Cirillo's last error was June 19, 2001, at Houston. In the seventh, Cirillo made up for his mistake, stopping a hard ground ball by Rodriguez as Seattle turned a double play to get out of the inning.

Notes: Seattle CF Cameron returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game because of the flu, but went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts. ... Seattle fans cheered when highlights of the Yankees' 5-4, 10-inning loss to Toronto were shown on the big screen in center field. ... The Rangers could not capitalize on consecutive two-out singles in the fourth. ... Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-5, and fans threw paper money at the former Mariners shortstop who left Seattle as a free agent.

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