Yankees continue dominance over Twins

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings, and Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams homered as the New York Yankees beat Minnesota 8-2 Sunday for their 12th straight victory over the Twins.

Joe Torre got his 700th victory as manager of the Yankees, whose 15-3 start is the best in team history. New York's starting pitchers are 13-0, the longest winning streak to begin a major league season since 1900.

Mussina (4-0) allowed five hits and struck out eight while the Yankees got a three-run homer in the first inning from Giambi and a solo shot in the third from Williams. Giambi, in a 2-for-21 slide, homered for the first time since April 4.

Kyle Lohse (2-2) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Royals 4, Tigers 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Desi Relaford scored the winning run in the ninth on a throwing error by first baseman Carlos Pena.

The Royals extended the best start in franchise history to 14-3 and are 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers' 1-16 start matched the worst in the majors since the Royals lost 16 of 17 in 1992.

Mike MacDougal (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win. Mike Maroth (0-5) lost despite pitching a four-hitter for the first complete game of his career.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

BOSTON Nomar Garciaparra hit a tying double in the seventh off Roy Halladay and a winning homer in the ninth against Cliff Politte (0-2) as Boston rallied from a 5-0 deficit for its seventh straight victory. Toronto has lost 10 of 11.

Mike Timlin (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Orioles 4, Devil Rays 1

BALTIMORE Melvin Mora homered and Omar Daal (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings, retiring 16 of his final 17 batters. He had been winless in eight starts since defeating Houston last Aug. 31, 2002.

It was the first victory for a Baltimore left-handed starter since Chuck McElroy defeated Minnesota on April 28, 2001. Jorge Julio pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save as Baltimore won for the fourth time in five games.

Bench coach Sam Perlozzo managed the Orioles in place of Mike Hargrove, who left the team to be with his ailing mother in Perryton, Texas. Nick Bierbrodt (0-2) allowed four runs and five hits in 1 1-3 innings for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of six.

Indians 7, White Sox 4

CHICAGO Ellis Burks, Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia homered as Cleveland stopped its four-game losing streak and Chicago's four-game winning streak.

Jason Davis (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

D'Angelo Jimenez and Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox. Lee has homered in four consecutive games.

Chicago starter Mark Buehrle (2-2) gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings and allowed 11 hits, matching his career high.

Mariners 7, Angels 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. John Olerud's second RBI single broke a ninth-inning tie against Troy Percival (0-1).

Olerud continued to second on rookie outfielder Julio Ramirez's wild throw to the plate. He tagged up on Mike Cameron's fly to right and scored when Eric Owens' throw bounced into the stands.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-0) retired Chone Figgins on a flyball with the bases loaded, ending the eighth. Kazuhiro Sasaki finished for his fourth save, allowing an RBI single by Scott Spiezio, then striking out Brad Fullmer to end the game with two on.

Rangers 2, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Carl Everett homered to right field in the seventh off Chad Bradford (1-2), not far from where a fan threw a cell phone that hit Everett in the head a day earlier. Everett has homered in the last five games in which he batted, setting a Rangers record.

Texas ended a four-game road losing streak. Colby Lewis (3-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

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