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Athletics need 15 innings to overcome Blue Jays

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Frank Menechino singled in the winning run in the 15th inning as the Oakland Athletics overcame a pair of Carlos Delgado homers to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday.

Toronto had loaded the bases in the top half, but Chad Bradford (1-1) struck out Jeff Frye to end the inning.

Ramon Hernandez singled off Pedro Borbon in the 15th, was sacrificed to second by Johnny Damon and scored on Menechino's bouncer to center.

Delgado homered in the second and fourth innings off Tim Hudson, Delgado's third multihomer game this season and the 26th of his career.

Indians 9, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Juan Gonzalez had three hits, increasing his average to .388, and Dave Burba (4-1) won his fourth straight start as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.

Kenny Lofton had a single, double and two-run triple for Cleveland, which has won five straight.

Burba allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Steve Karsay and Bob Wickman combined for one-hit relief.

Dan Reichert (3-2) gave up seven runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in five innings, hurt by four errors.

Tigers 9, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dean Palmer and Juan Encarnacion homered in a five-run first as Detroit finished a three-game sweep.

Dave Mlicki (2-2) allowed all four runs and seven hits in eight innings and struck out nine.

Mariners 10, Red Sox 3

SEATTLE -- John Olerud and Mike Cameron homered off Frank Castillo (3-2) and Jamie Moyer (5-0) pitched seven strong innings as Seattle beat Boston.

Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners' new leadoff sensation, went 3-for-5 with a triple and scored three runs to help his team win its ninth straight series this season.

Angels 3, White Sox 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Darin Erstad hit a two-run homer and Ismael Valdes (2-2) pitched seven strong innings as Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.

James Baldwin (0-2) took a 1-0 lead into the fifth when Erstad ended an 0-for-16 drought with a drive to right field after a one-out walk to David Eckstein.

Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his sixth save.



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