Devil Rays drub Brown, Yanks

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2005

 

  New York Yankees starter Kevin Brown, center, waits on the mound with shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and catcher Jorge Posada for a meeting with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre (34) during a rough first inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tuesday night, May 3, 2005 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. AP Photo/Steve Nesius

New York Yankees starter Kevin Brown, center, waits on the mound with shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and catcher Jorge Posada for a meeting with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre (34) during a rough first inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tuesday night, May 3, 2005 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

AP Photo/Steve Nesius

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New look, same result for the overhauled Yankees.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays batted around on Kevin Brown in the first inning Tuesday night, scoring six runs on their way to an 11-4 victory in the debut of the revamped lineup New York is counting on to pull it out of an early season funk.

Nick Green had a two-run single, and Travis Phelps and Aubrey Huff also drove in two runs apiece against Brown (0-4), who allowed eight runs and matched a career high by yielding 13 hits in five innings.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT — Doug Mirabelli hit his third career grand slam and John Halama allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in his first start of the year for Boston.

Halama (1-0) won for the first time since last October when he beat the Tigers while pitching for Tampa Bay. Halama, taking the injured David Wells' spot in the rotation, didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

Blue Jays 1, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE — Josh Towers outpitched Daniel Cabrera, and Toronto's Russ Adams drove in the game's only run with a 15-foot hit in the eighth inning.

Towers (3-1) gave up three hits in eight innings. The right-hander did not allow a runner past first base in improving to 4-2 against his former team.

White Sox 5, Royals 4

CHICAGO — Carl Everett hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning for Chicago, and rookie Tadahito Iguchi went 4-for-4 with his first major league homer.

Aaron Rowand also homered for the White Sox, who have held a lead at some point in 26 consecutive games, a major league record.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs for the second straight game for the Royals, raising his season total to six.

With Kansas City ahead 4-3 in the eighth, Scott Podsednik and Iguchi hit consecutive singles off Andy Sisco (0-1) and scored on Everett's double off the fence in right-center field. Everett leads Chicago with 25 RBIs.

Indians 4, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Travis Hafner and Casey Blake homered, and Jake Westbrook (1-5) allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings for Cleveland.

The Indians had 10 hits, only the fourth time all season they've had 10 hits or more in a nine-inning game. They left 12 men on base.

Angels 5, Mariners 2

SEATTLE — John Lackey struck out nine, 40-year-old Steve Finley hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles Angels won its season-high third straight game.

Los Angeles shut out Seattle 5-0 on Monday night, and Angels pitchers have allowed only three runs in their last 31 innings.

Lackey (3-1) won consecutive starts for the first time this season, pitching 6 2-3 innings and allowing one run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch. The nine strikeouts were one shy of his career high and the most by an Angels pitcher this season. Scot Shields pitched the final 2 1-3 innings to pick up his second save.

Rangers 6, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas each drove in two runs and Chris Young (3-2) pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings for Texas.

The Rangers, who beat the A's for the second straight day and the eighth time in 11 meetings, will attempt to complete their first series sweep of the season on Wednesday.

Erubiel Durazo homered and Eric Chavez had two hits for Oakland.

Kirk Saarloos (1-2) was the loser.



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