Clemens, Yanks rip Blue Jays

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens was dominating Sunday, and so was Alfonso Soriano.

Clemens (2-2) took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Soriano hit his second leadoff homer in five days, powering the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2.

Jason Giambi, booed when he fouled out in the sixth, hit his fourth homer of the season in the eighth.

Soriano homered off Chris Carpenter (0-1) in the first, singled in the second and doubled in the sixth, giving him three or more hits in five of the Yankees' 20 games. With a chance to hit for the cycle, he flied out with the bases loaded in the seventh, leaving his average at .395.

Devil Rays 2, Orioles 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben Grieve hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lead Tampa Bay over Baltimore.

Jason Tyner hit a two-out single off Sidney Ponson, who had retired his previous nine batters, and went to second on Randy Winn's single. Grieve drove in Tyner with a single off Erik Bedard.

Doug Creek (1-0) retired Jay Gibbons, the only batter he faced, in the eighth to pick up the win. Esteban Yan got three outs for his third save.

Twins 4, Indians 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Reed had his most effective outing of the season, helping Minnesota complete a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

The Twins finished an 8-1 homestand while the Indians ended up 0-6 on their road trip.

Reed (2-1) gave up Jim Thome's two-run homer over 6 1-3 innings as the Twins answered a four-game sweep by the Indians last weekend at Jacobs Field. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his eighth save in as many chances.

Red Sox 12, Royals 2, 1st game

Red Sox 8, Royals 7, 2nd game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Johnny Damon highlighted his huge weekend by hitting a grand slam as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Damon also homered in the first game and Manny Ramirez connected twice.

Boston has won six in a row, its best streak since winning six straight in May 2000.

Facing the team he played for from 1995-2000, Damon went 8-for-13, scored seven runs and drove in six during the series. He had four hits as Boston finished up the three-game sweep.

Derek Lowe (3-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the victory. Ugueth Urbina got his seventh save despite giving up Carlos Beltran's solo homer in the ninth.

White Sox 11, Tigers 8

CHICAGO -- Jose Valentin homered during an eight-run burst in the first, and pinch-hitter Ray Durham delivered a tiebreaking single in the seventh for Chicago.

The White Sox led 8-3 after the first, and it was tied at 8 after the fourth.

Bobby Higginson homered, doubled and drove in four runs for Detroit, which dropped to 1-8 on the road. The White Sox won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Mariners 5, Rangers 3

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki tripled twice and scored two runs as Seattle overcame two home runs by Alex Rodriguez in his former ballpark to defeat Texas.

Rodriguez homered twice in a game for the 22nd time in his career, and the second time against Seattle. But Rodriguez's offense wasn't enough, as the Rangers dropped to 5-13 for the team's worst start.

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