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Indians fall victim to big Chicago rally

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2004

CHICAGO Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to cap a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox startled the Cleveland Indians 9-8 Wednesday.

Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer in the ninth off David Riske to cut the deficit to 8-6.

After a double and an error, Joe Crede and Timo Perez followed with RBI singles off Rafael Betancourt (2-3) to tie the game. Alomar drove home Crede with the winning run.

Mike Jackson (1-0) got the victory with two hitless innings of relief. Juan Uribe and Crede also homered for Chicago.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 0

BOSTON Curt Schilling pitched his best game with Boston, and Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer for the team's fourth straight victory.

Schilling (3-1) struck out eight, walked none and allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Varitek drove in three of those runs with his homer in the fourth and a bases-loaded single in the three-run seventh. Bill Mueller added an RBI double in the eighth.

Paul Abbott (2-2) was tagged for runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Orioles 3, Mariners 1

BALTIMORE Jay Gibbons' two-run single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and Baltimore ended a three-game losing streak.

The Orioles were limited to just one hit after the first inning until taking the lead in the eighth against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-3), who entered in relief of starter Jamie Moyer.

John Parrish (2-1) pitched three innings of hitless relief for the Orioles, and Jorge Julio worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

Tigers 10, Angels 2

DETROIT Bobby Higginson hit a two-run double in a five-run third inning, and Detroit ensured its first winning record in April since 1993.

With two games left this month, the Tigers (12-9) will end April above .500 after losing an AL-record 119 games last season.

Mike Maroth improved to 3-1 after becoming the first 20-game loser since 1980 last season. He gave up two runs in seven innings, helping Detroit snap a five-game losing streak.

Yankees 5, Athletics 1

NEW YORK Jose Contreras earned his first win of the season, Jorge Posada and Jason Giambi homered, and the Yankees sent the Athletics to their fifth consecutive loss.

Derek Jeter's hitless skid reached 32 at-bats, but his teammates did more than enough to beat Mark Mulder. Giambi and Gary Sheffield each had an RBI single in a three-run first inning, helping the Yankees win their second game in a row since getting swept by the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

Royals 5, Rangers 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ken Harvey hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, one pitch after umpires overturned what first appeared to be a home run.

With the score tied at 1, Harvey hit a pitch from Kenny Rogers down the left-field line for what third-base umpire Tim Welke ruled a three-run homer. After Rangers manager Buck Showalter protested, the umpires huddled and overruled the call, changing it to a foul ball. Television replays indicated the ball was foul.

Harvey then sent the next pitch into the Rangers' bullpen beyond the left-field fence. He was 3-for-4 and is hitting .421, second in the American League.

Jimmy Gobble (1-0) picked up the victory despite having to leave with one out in the sixth because of muscle cramps. He gave up two runs on 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Twins 9, Blue Jays 5

MINNEAPOLIS Pinch-hitter Michael Ryan singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for Minnesota after Toronto rallied from four down.

The Blue Jays scored four times in the top of the eighth to tie it at 5, but the Twins followed with four of their own in the home half.

With two on and one out, Jason Frasor (0-1) was relieved by Terry Adams, who allowed RBI singles to Ryan and Shannon Stewart before throwing two wild pitches as the Twins added to their lead.



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