Yankees, Sierra blow past Royals

Posted: Sunday, May 02, 2004

NEW YORK Ruben Sierra homered twice and drove in seven runs, and Jon Lieber pitched into the eighth inning in his Yankees debut, leading New York over the Kansas City Royals 12-4 Saturday.

Hideki Matsui also connected and had three RBIs for the Yankees, who have won a season-high five straight following a four-game skid.

Sierra hit a three-run shot off Eduardo Villacis in the third inning and a grand slam off Curtis Leskanic in the eighth.

Bench coach Willie Randolph filled in for manager Joe Torre, who was attending his daughter's Holy Communion ceremony.

The last-place Royals lost for the 13th time in 16 games.

Indians 3, Orioles 2

CLEVELAND Coco Crisp hit a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning, and Chad Durbin (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Matt Lawton singled off Mike DeJean (0-2) to lead off the inning and came around on Crisp's single.

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was thrown out at home by Alex Escobar in the 13th.

Tigers 4, Mariners 2

DETROIT Ivan Rodriguez and Greg Norton homered, and Detroit handed Seattle its eighth loss in 10 games.

Jeremy Bonderman (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits. He didn't walk a batter in 7 2-3 innings.

Seattle ruined Bonderman's shutout in the eighth when John Olerud hit an RBI double. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.

Seattle starter Ryan Franklin (1-2) gave up four runs in seven innings.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO Frank Catalanotto tied an American League record with six hits, and Eric Hinske and Orlando Hudson homered for Toronto in the second game of a doubleheader.

Chicago won the opener on Joe Crede's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th.

Catalanotto went a career-best 6-for-6 and fell one hit short of the major league record for a nine-inning game, accomplished by Rennie Stennet on Sept. 16, 1975 for Pittsburgh.

Catalanotto had five singles and a double to become the first player in Blue Jays' history to have six hits in a game. Toronto had a season-high 18 hits in snapping a four-game losing streak.

Ted Lilly (2-2) got the win in the nightcap, allowing seven hits and five runs, including homers to Juan Uribe and Miguel Olivo.

Hinske had a solo shot and Hudson a two-run homer in the second against Dan Wright (0-4), who is winless in his last 19 starts dating back to Sept. 26, 2002.

In the opener, Justin Speier (1-3) walked Paul Konerko intentionally to load the bases before Crede lifted a fly to right fielder Howie Clark.

Rangers 4, Red Sox 3

ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly ended a long scoreless streak by Boston relievers, and Texas snapped the Red Sox's six-game winning streak in the first game of a doubleheader.

Boston's bullpen had gone 32 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings over the previous 11 games. Blalock ended that by pushing home the tiebreaking run in a three-run seventh for the AL West-leading Rangers.

Mark Malaska (1-1) gave up a single to the only batter he faced and got the loss.

Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo held the Rangers, the best-hitting team in the majors, to just three hits in six-plus innings and struck out five.

Athletics 6, Devil Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Erubiel Durazo hit his second career grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and Oakland Athletics held against Tampa Bay.

Durazo's bases-loaded shot off Trever Miller that made it 6-1 was his third homer in the past two games. He had a pair of two-run homers Friday night.

In the bottom half, the Devil Rays scored four times behind Carl Crawford's two-run triple his second triple of the game and Jose Cruz Jr's two-run homer.

Eric Chavez homered off Devil Rays reliever Lance Carter (0-1).

Chris Hammond (2-1) threw two scoreless innings.

Angels 1, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS Chone Figgins hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, and spot starter Aaron Sele allowed two hits in five innings for Minnesota.

Kevin Gregg gave up two hits over two innings, and Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) and Troy Percival pitched one inning each to complete the four-hitter.

Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Sele pitched well in place of Kelvim Escobar, who was a late scratch due to a split fingernail on the middle finger of his right hand. It was his first start since Sept. 26 following four relief appearances this season.

The Angels won for the seventh time in nine games and won for the first time in eight games when scoring three runs or less.

Juan Rincon (4-1) allowed two singles with two outs in the ninth before Aaron Fultz relieved and gave up Figgins' go-ahead hit.

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