Martinez stops Sox slide

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

BALTIMORE -- Pedro Martinez limited the Baltimore Orioles to one hit in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-0 victory Thursday.

Martinez (3-0) had a season-high 10 strikeouts and held Baltimore hitless until Gary Matthews Jr. lined a clean single to right with two outs in the sixth.

Sun Woo Kim allowed one hit in the eighth and Willie Banks finished the two-hitter. Trot Nixon homered and Manny Ramirez had three hits and two RBIs.

Calvin Maduro (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.

Athletics 6, Yankees 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer, Greg Myers added a two-run homer for Oakland, and Frank Menechino had an RBI double.

Barry Zito (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to defeat Mike Mussina (3-1), who gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out nine.

Jason Giambi went hitless in three at-bats against Zito after going 4-for-8 in the first two games. Giambi, playing at Oakland for the first time since leaving the A's to sign with the Yankees, also grounded into an inning-ending double play against reliever Mike Magnante.

Rangers 11, Blue Jays 9

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pinch-hitter Herbert Perry tied the game with a single off Dan Plesac (1-2) and Alex Rodriguez followed with a go-ahead double as Texas, which earlier trailed 6-0, overcame a 9-8 deficit in the eighth.

Rodriguez drove in three runs for the Rangers, who also got a two-run homer from Carl Everett.

The Rangers' Mike Lamb, in his first major league start as a catcher, had a passed ball, was unable to block three wild pitches, allowed two steals and failed to come up with an outfield throw at the plate as a run scored.

Todd Van Popple (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit scoreless relief, and Hideki Irabu got three outs for his third save. Texas scored seven runs in the fifth off five pitchers -- one short of the major league record for an inning.

White Sox 6, Indians 3

CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton had three RBIs, and Jon Garland (3-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings as Chicago won its third straight over Cleveland.

After sweeping the Indians last week at home, the White Sox won the final three games of the four-game series at Jacobs Field and are 6-1 this season against their AL Central rival. Chicago, which turned four double plays, outscored Cleveland 46-18 in the series and has won 13 of 16.

Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Ryan Drese (2-2) gave up five runs and six hits in six innings.

Twins 6, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a tying single with one out in the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz followed with a two-run double.

Jacque Jones added a two-run homer off Esteban Yan (1-1), who had converted 10 straight save chances since wasting a lead against Minnesota last Aug. 12.

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