Sosa propels Orioles to victory

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2005

 

  Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Tejada dives across home plate, scoring the go-ahead run during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in Baltimore. Tejada scored on a hit by Sammy Sosa. The Orioles won 5-1. AP Photo/Chris Gardner

Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Tejada dives across home plate, scoring the go-ahead run during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in Baltimore. Tejada scored on a hit by Sammy Sosa. The Orioles won 5-1.

AP Photo/Chris Gardner

BALTIMORE — Sammy Sosa ended Baltimore's drought of 22 scoreless innings with a two-run double in the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez added a three-run homer to lead the Orioles past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Wednesday.

Erik Bedard (3-1) struck out a career-high 12 and allowed one run and four hits in eight innings for the Orioles, who averted a three-game sweep.

Baltimore lost the series opener 6-2 in 12 innings and was blanked 1-0 on Tuesday before bouncing back against Toronto ace Roy Halladay.

Halladay (4-2) gave up five runs and 12 hits in 7 1-3 innings. Both his losses this season have come against the Orioles.

Miguel Tejada had three hits for Baltimore, which avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season. The Orioles stretched their lead in the AL East to three games over Toronto, which came in having won seven of eight.

Rangers 16, Athletics 7, 8 innings, rain

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in a seven-run fourth inning, and the Rangers routed the Athletics to complete a three-game sweep.

Richard Hidalgo had a home run and four RBIs as the Rangers swept a series at Oakland for the first time since April 13-15, 2001. Sandy Alomar Jr. also drove in two runs.

Brian Shouse (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Rain caused umpires to stop the game in the middle of the ninth inning, and the umpires called it after a 34-minute wait.

Dan Haren (1-4) gave up seven runs and seven hits in a season-low 3 2-3 innings, losing his third straight start. Oakland, which allowed its most runs since an 18-3 loss at Colorado on July 18, 2000, matched a season high with its third defeat in a row.

Angels 5, Mariners 2

SEATTLE — Paul Byrd remained unbeaten against the Mariners and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer, leading the Angels to a victory that extended their winning streak to four.

Byrd (2-3) improved to 5-0 against the Mariners, with four of the wins at Seattle. He allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out just three and walked none. Both his wins this year have come against the Mariners.

Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Seattle lost its fifth straight and fell a season-high five games behind the Angels in the AL West. The Mariners' 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 4-for-35 in the series.

Aaron Sele (2-3) lasted just 4 1-3 innings for Seattle, losing for the second time this year to the club he pitched for from 2002-04.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3

DETROIT — Kevin Youkilis hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers.

Tim Wakefield (3-1) allowed three runs, 10 hits and one walk while striking out five in seven innings. The 38-year-old knuckleballer earned his 117th win with the Red Sox, tying Pedro Martinez and Joe Wood for fifth on the franchise's all-time list.

Mike Timlin pitched the eighth and Keith Foulke finished for his sixth save.

Devil Rays 11, Yankees 8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With owner George Steinbrenner getting a close-up view from his suite at Tropicana Field, the Yankees lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped six games under .500 for the first time since they were 34-40 after games of July 19, 1995.

Rookie Damon Hollins went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and four RBIs. The Devil Rays also took advantage of a throwing error by new Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, which led to a four-run third against Sean Henn (0-1), making his major league debut as a fill-in for Randy Johnson.

White Sox 4, Royals 2

CHICAGO — A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer as the White Sox won their fourth straight.

While Chicago improved the best record in the major leagues to 20-7, the last-place Royals lost for the 14th time in 17 games and dropped to 7-20 despite outhitting the White Sox 9-6.

Freddy Garcia (3-1) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings and Dustin Hermanson, Chicago's fifth pitcher, got five straight outs for his fourth save.

Indians 5, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Bard homered in the ninth inning off J.C. Romero (0-2), just his third hit of the season.

Casey Blake drove in three runs for the Indians, who rallied from a 4-1 deficit.

Bobby Howry (2-1) pitched two perfect innings, and Bob Wickman got his seventh save by retiring Lew Ford on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

National League

ATLANTA — Tim Hudson took a shutout into the eighth inning, Chipper Jones homered in his return to the Atlanta lineup and the Braves beat the Florida Marlins 5-2 Wednesday.

Adam LaRoche hit three doubles and drove in three runs for the Braves and Andruw Jones also homered. The teams split a two-game series at Turner Field, leaving the Marlins (15-10) with a percentage-point lead over Atlanta (16-11) in the NL East.

Hudson (3-1) gave up five hits and one earned run in 7 1-3 innings, bouncing back from his worst start of the season. He escaped a big jam in the fourth but finally tired in the eighth. Dan Kolb got the final three outs for his eighth save in nine chances.

Padres 8, Rockies 7, 12 innings

SAN DIEGO — Ryan Klesko's second homer tied the game in the ninth inning, and Miguel Ojeda singled in the winning run off Marcos Carvajal with two outs in the 12th as the Padres handed the Rockies their eighth straight loss.

There were seven homers in the game at Petco Park, which has been criticized by Padres sluggers for its spacious outfield. The Padres had four, including Klesko's leadoff shot to right in the ninth on an 0-1 pitch from Chin-Hui Tsao to tie the game at 7.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2

PHOENIX — Chris Snyder had a run-scoring double that capped a four-run fourth inning and made a key pickoff throw from behind the plate to throw out Ray Durham at first.

Brandon Webb (4-0) won for the first time since April 8, allowing two runs, four hits and a season-high four walks in six innings. Luis Gonzalez had three hits as Arizona won for the ninth time in 12 games.

Cardinals 7, Reds 3

CINCINNATI — Scott Rolen returned from a sore back and hit a two-run homer as St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.

Mark Mulder (4-1) allowed only three singles — two of them infield hits — over seven shutout innings, helping St. Louis improve the NL's best record to 18-8, the Cardinals' best start since 1948.

Pirates 6, Astros 4

HOUSTON — Daryle Ward hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth, Jason Bay followed with a two-run shot and the Astros' bullpen blew another win for Roger Clemens in a loss to the Pirates.

Ward, who played with the Astros from 1998-2002, led off the ninth by sending Brad Lidge's 1-0 pitch deep into the right-field seats for a 4-3 lead.

Lidge (1-1) walked Matt Lawton on the next at-bat and struck out Tike Redman but gave up another homer to Bay.

Brewers 4, Cubs 3

MILWAUKEE — Damian Miller drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Brewers their sixth consecutive victory.

Derrick Turnbow (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, stretching his scoreless streak to 10 innings.

Bill Hall, who has three consecutive three-hit games, doubled with one-out off Roberto Novoa (0-1). Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked and Carlos Lee flied out to right, with Hall moving to third.

Lyle Overbay was intentionally walked to load the bases. Miller then worked a 3-2 count, fouled off the sixth offering from Novoa before taking the walk on an inside pitch.

Nationals 5, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES — Livan Hernandez pitched his first complete game of the season, Nick Johnson had a homer and an RBI single, and the Nationals beat the Dodgers.

Hernandez (4-2) scattered seven hits and went the distance for the 41st time in 255 career starts, giving Washington's bullpen a much-needed rest. He beat the Dodgers for the first time since opening day 2002 with San Francisco.

Mets 3, Phillies 2

NEW YORK — Jae Seo (2-1) pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings, and streaking slugger Cliff Floyd homered and made an outstanding catch that saved two runs.

Victor Diaz also connected to end a long slump, and Floyd added an RBI single as the Mets won for the third time in four games following a four-game losing streak.

Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu hit consecutive homers off Braden Looper in the ninth, but the last-place Phillies have dropped 10 of 15 overall. Randy Wolf (1-4) lost his third straight start, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks in seven innings.



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