Vizquel hits milestone, Indians win

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2004

CLEVELAND Omar Vizquel's 2,000th career hit helped set up Cleveland's three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday, giving the Indians a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Vizquel's milestone and the Indians' win was tempered by an injury to Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia, who didn't pitch because of a sore left shoulder.

Vizquel became the 230th player to reach 2,000 hits when he singled off Jason Grimsley (1-1) in the eighth. Three batters later, D.J. Carrasco allowed Victor Martinez's game-winning RBI double for the Indians.

The game was stopped momentarily while the ball was thrown into the dugout and Vizquel got a nice ovation.

Twins 4, Tigers 3

MINNEAPOLIS Fill-in Lew Ford kept up his strong hitting with a three-run homer and Johan Santana picked up his first victory.

Ford extended his hitting streak to a career-best eight games and now has a team-high 15 RBIs since being called up to replace Twins injured outfielder Torii Hunter on April 10.

Santana (1-0) gave up three runs, three walks and seven hits in six innings while striking out six.

Athletics 8, Mariners 2

SEATTLE Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer and Mark Mulder worked six strong innings, leading Oakland to a split of the four-game series.

Mark Kotsay led off the game with a double to the right-field corner, Eric Byrnes singled to right and Chavez drove a 1-2 pitch from Jamie Moyer over the wall in right.

Angels 7, Rangers 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer, Jeff DaVanon also homered and Anaheim ended a three-game losing streak.

Glaus gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a line drive into the left-field bullpen. Glaus' 31 homers and 66 RBIs against the Rangers are his highest totals against any team.

Bartolo Colon (3-1) allowed three runs, five hits and three walks over five innings while striking out four.

Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

TORONTO Chris Gomez hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Curt Schilling in the eighth inning to help give the Blue Jays their first home victory of the season.

Gomez drove in five runs for the Blue Jays, 1-8 at home.

Gomez hit his first career slam after Schilling (2-1) allowed singles to Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske and walked Orlando Hudson. The homer gave Toronto its first lead at home since Delgado hit a three-run homer in the first inning April 7.

Schilling lost for the first time in four stars with his new team, allowing seven runs on 13 hits in 7 2-3 innings. He gave up a career-high 14 hits on Sept. 20, 2002, against Colorado.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 6

BALTIMORE Rafael Palmeiro hit a long overdue homer at Camden Yards, and Miguel Tejada had a season-high three RBIs, leading the Orioles to a comeback victory.

Palmeiro brought Baltimore to 6-5 by leading off the sixth with his second home run of the season. It was his 102nd homer at Camden Yards, the most by any player, but his first since May 23, 1999, when he played for the Texas Rangers.

White Sox 4, Yankees 3

CHICAGO Joe Crede homered and the White Sox sent Mike Mussina to his fourth loss in five starts.

Mussina (1-4) gave up three first-inning runs and then settled down before Crede hitting just .184 entering the game lifted his second homer to left in the sixth to make it 4-2.

Mussina gave up nine hits in the eight-inning outing, his longest of the season.



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