Twins nip Royals in extra innings

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Lew Ford hit a one-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Thursday, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals 10-9.

Jason Bartlett doubled with one out against Shawn Camp (0-1), Torii Hunter was intentionally walked and Matthew LeCroy singled to load the bases for Ford, who hit a bouncer up the middle.

White Sox 4, Tigers 3

DETROIT — Scott Podsednik hit a two-run single in the seventh off Jeremy Bonderman (2-2) that overcame a 3-2 deficit as Chicago win its fourth straight. At 12-4, the White Sox are off to their best 16-game start since 1935.

Detroit put its first two runners on in the eighth against Dustin Hermanson, but Ivan Rodriguez flied out and Dmitri Young grounded into an inning-ending double play. Mark Buehrle (3-1) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts. Shingo Takatsu followed Hermanson and completed the seven-hitter for his fifth save.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE — Matt Clement scattered eight hits over eight innings, and Boston beat Rodrigo Lopez and the Orioles to complete a two-game sweep.

Kevin Millar scored in the second inning after a throwing error by shortstop Miguel Tejada. That was enough to beat the Orioles, who were blanked in successive games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2003.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO — Mike Mussina allowed three runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings to win for the first time this season, and New York swept the two-game series.

Mussina (1-1) struck out five and walked one. The 36-year-old right-hander escaped jams in the third and fourth innings by inducing double play grounders.

Devil Rays 3, Rangers 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dewon Brazelton snapped his seven-game losing skid and Carl Crawford had a tiebreaking groundout for Tampa Bay.

Brazelton (1-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked three in picking up his first win since beating Oakland August 22, a span of 10 starts.

Athletics 3, Mariners 0

SEATTLE — Rich Harden pitched seven innings to run his scoreless string to 15 and Oakland got a two-run homer from Mark Kotsay.

Harden (2-0) allowed five hits and two walks and struck out eight in his third start of the season. He has allowed only one earned run in 20 1-3 innings, an ERA of 0.44. He's struck out 20 and walked six this season, while holding opposing hitters to a .188 batting average (13-for-69).

Octavio Dotel pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his third save in as many opportunities.

Angels 6, Indians 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Orlando Cabrera homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning to cap Los Angeles' rally from a 5-0 deficit.

Cabrera hit a 3-1 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner against Jason Davis (1-1), the seventh Cleveland pitcher.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th inning for the victory.

The Angels tied the game at 5 on Garret Anderson's bloop single to center off Bob Wickman with two outs in the ninth. The blown save was Wickman's second in six tries.

The Indians led 5-0 after a two-out, three-run double by Jose Hernandez in the first and a two-run homer by Ronnie Belliard off Jarrod Washburn in the second.

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