Athletics muffle Indians behind Halama's quality start

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. John Halama held Cleveland hitless until the seventh inning and Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Indians 6-3 Saturday.

Brandon Phillips singled with one out in the seventh for the Indians' first hit. Halama carried a no-hit bid deeper than any major league pitcher this season.

Halama, however, did not get the decision. He was gone by the time the A's scored the go-ahead in the seventh off Terry Mulholland (0-1).

Scott Hatteberg singled and went to third when catcher Tim Laker threw the ball away at second on Miguel Tejada's tapper. Reliever Carl Sadler struck out Eric Chavez, then gave up Durazo's sacrifice fly.

Chad Bradford (2-2) got the win with 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.

Royals 9, Blue Jays 6

TORONTO Ken Harvey hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Harvey drove in a career-high four runs for the Royals, who have won five of six. Kansas City improved to 17-4.

A crowd of 17,197, the largest since opening day, turned out three days after the World Health Organization warned against travel to Toronto because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Shortstop Chris Woodward and other Blue Jays signed autographs before the game despite the SARS scare.

White Sox 7, Twins 4

CHICAGO Magglio Ordonez hit two home runs and Jon Garland pitched well before he was ejected as Chicago beat Minnesota in a heated game that saw three players get tossed.

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee homered off Twins starter Kyle Lohse (2-3). The benches cleared after Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch for the second straight night.

Yankees 7, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas Alfonso Soriano homered and doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning as New York became the first team to reach 20 wins.

Jason Giambi also homered for the Yankees (20-4), who won for the ninth time in 10 games and beat former manager Buck Showalter for the second straight night.

Devil Rays 10, Orioles 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Aubrey Huff homered, doubled and had four hits as Tampa Bay overcame a five-run deficit to beat Baltimore.

Rocco Baldelli, Rey Ordonez and Marlon Anderson had two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who have come back to win after trailing by at least three runs six times this season all at home.

Angels 3, Red Sox 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Scot Shields, coming out of the bullpen to make his second major league start, pitched shutout ball for the first five innings and David Eckstein hit a two-run single as Anaheim beat Boston.

Pitching in place of injured Kevin Appier, Shields (1-0) was charged with a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none. Troy Percival got three outs for his third save in as many attempts.

Tigers 6, Mariners 4

SEATTLE Shane Halter homered and scored three times as punchless Detroit won for only the third time in 22 games this season, ending Seattle's five-game winning streak.

The Tigers tied season highs with six runs and 11 hits. Detroit has scored only 49 runs this year (2.2 per game), by far the fewest in the majors.

Craig Monroe went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Tigers, while Halter also had three hits.

Halter broke a streak of 22 scoreless innings by the Tigers when he led off the fourth with the team's eighth home run of the season.

Matt Anderson got three outs for his third save, retiring Mark McLemore on a fly ball with runners at second and third to end it.

Jamie Walker (1-0) got the victory with 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Ryan Franklin (1-2) started for Seattle and went 6 1-3 innings, giving up five runs four earned on nine hits.



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