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Orioles shut down Boston

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

BOSTON -- Rodrigo Lopez shut Boston down for five innings, and Geronimo Gil and Melvin Mora homered to lead Baltimore past the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Monday night -- the Orioles' eighth win in 10 games.

In the first game at Fenway Park since Derek Lowe's no-hitter, Lopez (3-0) allowed just one hit through five innings. A former reliever, Lopez ran into trouble in the sixth when Boston scored two runs on three hits and a walk.

Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Frank Castillo (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out one.

Twins 3, Devil Rays 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Milton rebounded from a rough start last time out with 7 1-3 strong innings and Denny Hocking drove in two runs to lead Minnesota.

Taking the first of a four-game series, the Twins momentarily ended their woes against the Devil Rays, who had won 12 of 15 against Minnesota since Aug. 8, 2000. The Devil Rays lost their fourth in a row.

Milton (4-2), who lost 9-1 to Tampa Bay last week, gave up six hits, a walk and a pair of runs and struck out three. Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Joe Kennedy (1-2) allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in 7 1-3 innings.

Royals 4, Tigers 0

DETROIT -- Jeff Suppan pitched a two-hitter and Kansas City broke a scoreless tie on a wild pitch by Jeff Weaver (1-4) in the eighth inning.

Suppan walked one and struck out three in his third career shutout and 10th complete game. Suppan's previous low-hit game was a three-hitter, accomplished three times. It was his first shutout since beating Detroit 3-0 on Sept. 27, 2000.

The Royals snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the Tigers' three-game winning streak.



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