Tigers stay hot, top Boston

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

DETROIT — Carlos Pena broke a tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and added a solo shot in the eighth to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Monday night for their sixth victory in eight games.

Boston dropped to 3-6 in its last nine games, with manager Terry Francona returning to the dugout after serving a three-game suspension for his role in the Red Sox's bench-clearing brawls in Tampa Bay on April 24.

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman (4-2) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings. Boston reliever Blaine Neal (0-1) was the loser. He got only one out on a sacrifice bunt after giving up Pena's first homer and two walks.

Yankees 6, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mike Mussina pitched seven solid innings and Gary Sheffield went 3-for-4 with an RBI to help New York rebound from a miserable homestand and extend Tampa Bay's losing streak to a season-high eight games.

Rey Sanchez had a two-run single and Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada also drove in runs for New York, which lost six of nine games at Yankee Stadium during a homestand that concluded Sunday with an ugly 8-6 loss to Toronto.

Mussina (2-2) allowed five hits, including Alex Sanchez's two-run homer, in his 213th career victory. Scott Kazmir (0-3) took the loss.

New York's Andy Phillips struck out all five times he went to the plate, tying a major league record set 43 times previously.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Gregg Zaun snapped a tie with a two-run single in the 12th inning, and Toronto ended Baltimore's eight-game winning streak.

The Blue Jays, who held Baltimore without a hit over the final six innings, have won six of seven. They had lost six straight to the Orioles, including three in Toronto from April 22-24 that got Baltimore started on its eight-game run.

Scott Schoeneweis (1-1) struck out Larry Bigbie with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th, and Miguel Batista worked a perfect 12th.

Rangers 3, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kenny Rogers pitched eight shutout innings to improve to 21-4 in 41 starts in Oakland, and David Dellucci homered and scored twice for Texas.

The 40-year-old Rogers (2-2) retired his first 14 batters, and finished with five strikeouts. He lost at the Oakland Coliseum last Sept. 16 to end a stretch of 18 straight winning decisions in the stadium dating to a loss Aug. 7, 1994.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his AL-leading ninth save in 11 opportunities, allowing Marco Scutaro's two-run single before striking out Mark Kotsay to end the game. Rich Harden (2-1) was the loser.

Angels 5, Mariners 0

SEATTLE — Jarrod Washburn pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels got two-run homers from Steve Finley and Garret Anderson.

Making his sixth start of the season, Washburn (2-0) walked three and struck out five in 7 2-3 innings to lower his ERA to 2.72. He has allowed only one run in his last two starts, spanning 15 1-3 innings. After four no-decisions, Washburn has won his last two starts.

The left-hander came out after walking Ichiro Suzuki and giving up a ground-rule double to Randy Winn. Brendan Donnelly retired Adrian Beltre to end the inning, then finished the four-hitter.

The Safeco Field crowd of 24,184 didn't have much to cheer about as the Mariners lost their third in a row, but they chanted ''Ichiro! Ichiro!'' in the seventh after the four-time Gold Glove winner climbed the right-field wall and robbed Anderson of another home run.

The fans gave Suzuki a standing ovation after the inning, and Seattle pitcher Julio Mateo gave him a high-five when he got back to the dugout.

The Mariners are 4-8 at Safeco this season after losing 99 games overall in 2004.

Finley, mired in a 4-for-38 slump and 0-for-14 coming into the game, gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his fifth homer of the season. It came off Ryan Franklin (1-4) after Anderson walked.

Anderson made it 4-0 in the fifth when he sent a 408-foot shot to right after Franklin hit Orlando Cabrera with a pitch. Juan Rivera added an RBI single for the Angels in the inning.

Franklin lost his fourth straight start. In five innings, he allowed five runs, five hits and five walks. Franklin, who gave up 33 homers last season when he had a 4-16 record, has given up six this season.

Notes: The Mariners are 1-7 against left-handed starters, tying them with Cleveland for the worst record in the majors. ... The Mariners have been outhomered 28-16. ... Angels 2B Adam Kennedy made his 2005 debut. He was activated Sunday from the 15-day disabled list after playing six minor league rehabilitation games. He had surgery Oct. 15 on his right knee. Kennedy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and made an error. ... Anderson has a career batting average of .368 (14-for-38) with three homers against Franklin. Finley faced Franklin for the first time. ... Washburn is 8-7 against the Mariners. Franklin 5-6 against the Angels. ... The Angels got their third shutout of the season, while the Mariners were blanked for the second time.

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