Orioles pitchers fold up White Sox

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

BALTIMORE Jason Johnson pitched six innings of one-hit ball and Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles beat Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox 7-1 Wednesday night.

Kerry Ligtenberg and Willis Roberts followed Johnson (3-0) and finished the three-hitter.

Jay Gibbons hit his second homer in two nights and Melvin Mora had a double and three walks for the Orioles, who have won six of eight.

Colon (2-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. It was his first loss with Chicago, which obtained the right-hander from Montreal in January.

Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Marlon Anderson tied it with a two-run double off Mark Hendrickson (1-3) and Rocco Baldelli hit a go-ahead single off Kelvim Escobar as Tampa Bay scored four times in the eighth and overcame a 3-0 deficit for the second straight game.

Mike Venafro (1-0) got the final out in the eighth and the first in the ninth, and Lance Carter finished for his third save.

Carlos Delgado, Josh Phelps and Tom Wilson homered for Toronto, which dropped to 7-15, its worst start since 1979.

Tigers 4, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Rookie Jeremy Bonderman (1-3) retired 17 straight batters for his first major league win, allowing three hits in eight innings, and Detroit won for only the second time in 19 games this season.

Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito (3-2), who lost for just the second time in his last 32 starts at the Coliseum. The Tigers' only other win was 4-3 against the Chicago White Sox on April 12.

Matt Anderson pitched the ninth for Detroit's first save of the season.

Mariners 4, Indians 0

SEATTLE Gil Meche (2-1) tied his career high with eight strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings, allowing five hits. Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Arthur Rhodes and Jeff Nelson finished the six-hitter.

John Olerud hit his first homer of the season. Rookie Ricardo Rodriguez (2-1) gave up all four runs and five hits in seven innings.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Ryan Christenson hit a leadoff homer, Juan Gonzalez had a two-run single and John Thomson (1-2) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for his first AL victory.

Tim Wakefield (2-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Boston has lost two of three following a seven-game winning streak.

Yankees 9, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Roger Clemens (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings to earn his 297th win, and Alfonso Soriano led off the game with one of three Yankees homers.

New York (18-3) outhit the Angels 18-5 and won its seventh straight, extending its franchise-best start to 18-3.

Soriano went 4-for-5, Jorge Posada had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and Raul Mondesi also hit a two-run homer. New York has outhomered opponents 43-5.

Mickey Callaway (1-2) gave up six runs four earned and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

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