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Randa, Hernandez help Royals edge Twins

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Randa hit a three-run homer and Runelvys Hernandez overcame wildness to win his fourth straight decision as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for their 15th victory in 18 games.

Randa broke a scoreless tie with the third-inning homer off Kenny Rogers (2-1).

Hernandez (4-0) gave up one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings and walked a career-high six. Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his major league-leading eighth save, completing a four-hitter.

Red Sox 5, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pedro Martinez (2-1) allowed just an unearned run and three hits in seven innings, overcoming six walks, one short of his career high.

Manny Ramirez homered and had three hits for the Red Sox (14-6), who won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Chad Fox got five outs for his second save, retiring Alex Rodriguez and Palmeiro with a runner on to end it.

White Sox 3, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE -- Esteban Loaiza (4-0) took a three-hit shutout into the ninth, striking out eight and winning his fourth straight start.

Loaiza was replaced after Jay Gibbons hit a one-out homer in the ninth. Billy Koch finished the four-hitter for his third save.

Sidney Ponson (1-2) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joe Kennedy (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in eight innings for just the second win by a Tampa Bay starter this season. He is 5-0 against the Blue Jays.

Toby Hall hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning for the Devil Rays, who dropped Toronto to 2-7 on a season-long, 11-game road trip.

Yankees 8, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- On the 100th anniversary of New York's first game, the Yankees defeated the team that knocked them out of last year's playoffs, beating World Series champion Anaheim behind Jeff Weaver.

Jorge Posada hit his sixth homer of the season, and New York's rotation improved to 15-0, the best beginning for starting pitchers ever by a major league team. Weaver (2-0) gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

After winning four straight AL pennants, and World Series titles from 1998 to 2000, the Yankees were eliminated 3-1 by Anaheim in the best-of-5 first round.

Mariners 8, Indians 5

SEATTLE -- Mike Cameron hit a grand slam off Danys Baez (0-2) in the ninth inning to cap Seattle's five-run rally.

The Indians scored three times in the top of the ninth to take a 5-3 lead, but Seattle fought back. Edgar Martinez hit an RBI single before Cameron connected for his fourth career slam.

Giovanni Carrara (1-0) got the victory after Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth, allowing a tying single to Ellis Burks.

Pinch-hitter Bill Selby hit a two-run single off Carrara to give Cleveland a 5-3 lead.

Athletics 6, Tigers 5, 11 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada homered leading off the 11th inning as Oakland sent the hapless Tigers to their 17th loss in 18 games this season.

Detroit's dismal start is the worst in baseball since Baltimore began 0-21 in 1988.

Just when it seemed all was wrong with the reigning AL MVP, Tejada changed things with one swing of the bat. He was 0-for-5 before connecting against Wilfredo Ledezma (0-1).



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