Santana stellar in first loss

Posted: Monday, May 02, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Bartolo Colon bested Johan Santana, ending the Minnesota ace's 17-game winning streak by allowing just two hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Twins 2-1.

Santana (4-1) allowed only two hits himself, equaling his career low, but they were solo homers by Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina. He struck out seven over eight innings yet lost for the first time since last July 11, a span of 21 regular-season starts.

Santana's previous two-hit game also was his last loss, 2-0 against Detroit. Colon (4-2) gave up three home runs to the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez in his previous start.

White Sox 8, Tigers 0

CHICAGO — Jon Garland (5-0) pitched his second straight four-hit shutout and became the first five-game winner in the AL.

Coming off his 6-0 win over Oakland on Monday, Garland struck out six and walked one, extending his scoreless streak to 23 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.38.

It was his third shutout and fourth complete game in 132 career starts.

Timo Perez hit a two-run homer and Carl Everett added three RBIs for Chicago, which at 18-7 has the best record in the major leagues.

Wilfredo Ledezma (1-2) gave up six runs — five earned, six hits and four walks and two balks in five-plus innings.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 4

BALTIMORE — Melvin Mora hit a pair of home runs, Miguel Tejada homered for the fourth consecutive game and Baltimore won its eighth straight.

Bruce Chen (3-1) struck out a season-high seven in six-plus innings.

B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Dewon Brazelton (1-5) dropped to 0-14 on the road, the longest on the road for a pitcher at the start of his big league career since Cincinnati's Kent Peterson went 0-18 from 1947-49.

Tampa Bay has lost seven in a row.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 6

NEW YORK — Frank Menechino came off the bench to drive in three runs, and Eric Hinske doubled in the seventh off Mike Stanton (0-1) to break a 6-6 tie.

Shea Hillenbrand had four hits and Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who have won five of six following a five-game skid.

Gary Sheffield homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees (10-15), who dropped 7 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, their largest deficit since September 1997.

Pete Walker (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings, and Miguel Batista got three outs for his seventh save.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Trot Nixon had a key two-run double for the Red Sox, who went ahead 4-3 on Kevin Youkilis' RBI single in the fifth and won a series in Texas for the first time since 2000.

Matt Clement (3-0) gave up three runs, four hits and four walks in six innings, and Clement escaped two bases-loaded jams without giving up runs.

Keith Foulke gave up Mark Teixeira's two-run home run in the ninth but earned his fourth save.

Ryan Drese (2-3) allowed four runs, eight hits and four walks in four-plus innings.

Royals 6, Indians 5

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth, and Mike Sweeney homered twice, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth off Rafael Betancourt (1-1) as Kansas City won for just the third time in 15 games.

Mike Wood (1-2) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings, and Ambiorix Burgos struck out two in the ninth for his first career save.

Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — A grounder that deflected off first base for a run-scoring hit. A flyball lost in the sun to key a two-run inning.

The type of bounces that so often went against Barry Zito during his eight-start winless stretch finally went his way.

Zito pitching seven strong innings for his first win since Sept. 12, getting just enough support in Oakland's 3-2 victory Sunday over the Seattle Mariners.

''The pieces are starting to come together,'' Zito said. ''It's always nice to get a win. But the process is more important than the results.''

Zito (1-4), the last member of the ''Big Three'' still with the Athletics, allowed two runs and five hits. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner had lost five straight decisions, matching his career worst, before recovering against Seattle.

Erubiel Durazo hit a two-run double in the sixth inning off Joel Pineiro (2-2) for the big offensive blow for the A's, who had scored just six runs while Zito was in the game in his first five starts.

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