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Jeter snaps out of slump, Yankees win

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2004

NEW YORK Derek Jeter broke out of an 0-for-32 slump with a leadoff home run, Miguel Cairo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-5 victory Thursday night.

The Yankees hit four home runs off Barry Zito (2-3). The former Cy Young winner allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings and struck out nine.

Bernie Williams and Alex Rodriguez also went deep to help Kevin Brown (4-0). The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Eric Chavez hit a two-run shot in the first for the A's, who have lost six straight.

Red Sox 4, Devil Rays 0

Red Sox 7, Devil Rays 3

BOSTON The Red Sox finally allowed a run after 32 scoreless innings, then extended their winning streak to six with a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

Jason Varitek's three-run homer capped a seven-run first inning in the night game after Byung-Hyun Kim and three relievers pitched Boston's third straight shutout in the opener.

Boston's scoreless streak ended quickly when Derek Lowe (3-1) allowed two runs in the first inning. He worked seven innings, giving up three runs one earned and nine hits.

Damian Moss (0-1) allowed seven runs and recorded just one out.

Boston's bullpen extended its scoreless innings streak to streak to 32 1-3 scoreless innings.

In the opener, Kim (1-0) returned from the disabled list and allowed one hit in five innings in his first start of the season. Victor Zambrano (3-2) struck out 10 in the loss.

Tampa Bay's Jose Cruz Jr. went a combined 0-for-5, extending his slump to 0-for-33.

White Sox 6,Blue Jays 4

CHICAGO Esteban Loaiza stayed unbeaten as Chicago rallied for five runs in the sixth inning and beat Toronto.

Loaiza (4-0) ran his career record in April to 18-3, including 10 straight victories in that month dating back to 2001 when he pitched for Toronto.

Loaiza went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. After Neal Cotts struck out three in two innings, Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his second save.

The Blue Jays fell to 7-15 to match the franchise's worst record after 22 games.

Michael Nakamura (0-1) was the loser.

Angels 12, Tigers 3

DETROIT Vladimir Guerrero homered and Anaheim had an eight-run fourth inning, winning for the fifth time in its last six games.

Guerrero homered, doubled and singled twice in five at-bats.

Jarrod Washburn (4-1) pitched eight innings for the victory, allowing three runs and nine hits. He struck out six and walked none.

Nate Robertson (1-1) was tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer and Darin Erstad had two hits and four RBIs for the Angels.

After missing yesterday's game with a bruised right finger, Ivan Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single for the Tigers.

Rangers 9, Royals 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Michael Young and Brad Fullmer homered during Texas' three-run rally in the ninth inning.

Young tied it with a solo shot against Curtis Leskanic (0-3). Hank Blalock followed with a triple and Fullmer homered with two outs.

It was Leskanic's third blown save in five opportunities.

Carlos Almanzar (3-0) worked two perfect innings to pick up the victory. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Carlos Beltran had three hits, including his eighth home run for the Royals.

Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer in the Rangers' three-run second.

Orioles 9, Mariners 5

BALTIMORE Eric DuBose pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Melvin Mora and Brian Roberts had four hits apiece.

DuBose (3-2) has given up just four earned runs in his last 21 innings.

Luis Matos had three hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who got 15 hits, including 12 against Seattle starter Joel Pineiro (1-3).

The last-place Mariners have lost seven of eight.

Playing in his 614th consecutive game, Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada left in the eighth after being struck in the face by a throw from first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.



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