Yankees snap three-game losing streak

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2005


  Tampa Bay Devili Rays left fielder Carl Crawford makes a diving catch on a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles' B. J. Surhoff during the sixth inning Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Baltimore. AP Photo/Chris Gardner

Tampa Bay Devili Rays left fielder Carl Crawford makes a diving catch on a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles' B. J. Surhoff during the sixth inning Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Baltimore.

AP Photo/Chris Gardner

NEW YORK — Chien-Ming Wang thrived in his major league debut, and Tony Womack hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning to help the New York Yankees snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Wang, a 25-year-old right-hander from Taiwan, held the Blue Jays to six singles in seven innings, and Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer, his major league-leading ninth of the season and fifth of the week.

Mariano Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win, his first outing since April 21.

Royals 8, Indians 1

CLEVELAND — Ken Harvey hit his first career grand slam and Eli Marrero homered twice for Kansas City, which snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Harvey, an All-Star last season who began this year in the minor leagues, connected in a five-run third off Cliff Lee (2-1) as the Royals won for the first time since beating the Indians on April 19.

Marrero followed Harvey's homer with a solo shot and then hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Twins 4, Angels 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Brad Radke earned his second win with 7 1-3 strong innings and Justin Morneau had a homer and a triple as the Twins won their fifth straight.

Radke (2-3) retired nine in a row at one point and bounced back after giving up 11 hits in each of his previous two starts. He gave up two runs — one earned — and seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Juan Rincon retired two straight in the eighth and Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

White Sox 4, Tigers 3

CHICAGO — Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single capped a three-run seventh Saturday night as the White Sox rallied to end the Tigers' five-game winning streak.

Orlando Hernandez (3-1), bailed out by the Chicago rally, allowed eight hits and three runs in seven innings to get the victory that snapped the White Sox's three-game slide.

Held to one hit by Jason Johnson (2-2) through five innings, the White Sox loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs and didn't score before rallying for three in the seventh.

Red Sox 9, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bronson Arroyo won again while appealing his suspension, and Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon hit consecutive homers to lead Boston over Texas.

Jason Varitek also homered and Arroyo (3-0) worked seven strong innings for his eighth straight victory spanning 14 starts since Aug. 21. He pitched a day after being handed a six-game suspension for his role in two bench-clearing scuffles at Tampa Bay last weekend.

The World Series champion Red Sox (12-11) snapped a three-game skid to avoid their first losing April since 1996. They had lost five of six.

Damon had four RBIs and three hits, the sixth time in seven games he had at least two hits.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 5

BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Orioles won their seventh straight game.

Miguel Tejada homered for the third consecutive game, a two-run shot off Travis Harper (0-1) that tied the game at 4-all in the seventh. B.J. Surhoff also hit a home run for the Orioles, whose winning streak is their longest since taking eight straight from Aug. 3-10, 2004.

Baltimore rallied from a 4-0 deficit to hand the Devil Rays their sixth straight loss, a season high. Tampa Bay fell to 1-9 on the road.

Athletics 6, Mariners 5

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Kotsay had five hits, including a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning for the Athletics.

Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the ninth off Oakland closer Octavio Dotel sent the game to extra innings. It was Dotel's first blown save in six chances.

Keiichi Yabu (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Kotsay finished 5-for-6 and matched an Oakland record for hits, also equaling his career best.

With two outs and none on in the 10th, Ron Villone (0-1) walked Nick Swisher and Marco Scutaro. Kotsay followed with a single to center, scoring Swisher.

Kotsay had three hits off starter Jamie Moyer, raising his career average to .714 (10-for-14) against the left-hander.

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