Mussina, Yanks toss Torre 800th win

Posted: Monday, May 03, 2004

NEW YORK Mike Mussina pitched seven innings, Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees won their sixth straight game Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals, who have dropped four in a row and 14 of 17. Joe Torre got his 800th win as Yankee manager.

Mussina (2-4) gave up two runs, but did not allow a hit after the fourth inning. Mariano Rivera got his ninth save in nine chances.

Jorge Posada scored in the seventh inning on the single by Matsui, who later came home on Ruben Sierra's sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.

Jason Giambi homered off Jeremy Affeldt (0-3) for his fifth this season.

Devil Rays 8, Athletics 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rocco Baldelli hit a two-run homer and Mark Hendrickson pitched six solid innings, helping Tampa Bay snap a six-game losing streak.

Baldelli connected against Tim Hudson (3-1), making it 4-1 with a two-run shot in the third.

Hendrickson (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits. His victory snapped a stretch of 20 consecutive winless starts by Tampa Bay left-handers dating to Joe Kennedy's win against Toronto last May 13.

Hudson, who was 5-0 against the Devil Rays, allowed eight runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Eric Byrnes homered for Oakland, which has dropped nine of 13.

Angels 3, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS John Lackey pitched seven strong innings, and Jose Guillen's tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth gave Anaheim its eighth win in 10 games.

Troy Percival retired Henry Blanco on a routine fly with the bases loaded for his seventh save.

Michael Cuddyer homered for Minnesota, its only run in the last two games.

Lackey (2-3) allowed six hits in seven innings, striking out five for his second straight win.

J.C. Romero (1-1) surrendered Guillen's go-ahead hit.

White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2

CHICAGO Jon Garland gave up two runs in seven-plus innings, Frank Thomas homered and Chicago took three of four from Toronto in the series.

Garland (2-1) scattered 10 hits and struck out five. Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his third save.

Thomas homered on a 2-1 pitch off Miguel Batista (0-3) in the fourth inning to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

Batista allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings.

Gregg Zaun went 4-for-4 for Toronto, tying his career high for hits.

Mariners 12, Tigers 2

DETROIT Gil Meche pitched six solid innings, Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer and Brett Boone hit a three-run shot as Seattle set a season high for runs.

John Olerud drove in three runs, and Raul Ibanez and Randy Winn each had three hits for the Mariners.

Meche (1-2) allowed two runs and four hits, and three relievers finished with three hitless innings.

Nate Cornejo (1-3) was tagged for four runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Orioles-Indians, PPD

CLEVELAND The final game of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians was postponed by rain Sunday. No makeup date was scheduled.

Rangers 4, Red Sox 1

ARLINGTON, Texas R.A. Dickey came within one out of a shutout, and Texas beat Boston to complete a three-game sweep.

Alfonso Soriano and David Dellucci homered for the surprising Rangers, who have won four straight and eight of nine.

The AL West leaders also won their seventh home game in a row.

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