Wells, Blue Jays thump Royals

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

TORONTO Vernon Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs, and Roy Halladay pitched a strong game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-3 victory Wednesday night over the hapless Kansas City Royals.

Wells hit an RBI grounder in the first, a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the fourth.

White Sox 6, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE Juan Uribe had an RBI triple in a decisive two-run seventh inning for Chicago, and reliever Billy Koch withstood a Baltimore rally in the ninth.

Down 6-4, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs. Javy Lopez hit a sacrifice fly and a groundout moved the tying run to third. But Koch retired Luis Matos on a tapper to first for his fifth save.

Red Sox 9, Indians 5

CLEVELAND Bill Mueller hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, and David Ortiz connected twice to help Boston break a five-game losing streak.

Bronson Arroyo (1-1) gave up one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief, and the Red Sox ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak.

Twins 5, Mariners 1

SEATTLE Minnesota's Carlos Silva took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer.

Silva (5-0), who lost his shutout bid on Scott Spiezio's RBI single, allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked one while beating Joel Pineiro (1-4). The victory ended a three-game losing streak.

Angels 6, Tigers 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Jose Guillen homered and drove in three runs, and Troy Glaus tied for the major league lead with his 10th homer to help Anaheim to its fifth straight victory.

Kelvim Escobar (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings to improve to 5-0 in six starts against the Tigers in his career.

Troy Percival got three outs for his ninth save in 10 tries.

Yankees 4, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Tony Clark doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning, and New York won its eighth straight game.

Alex Rodriguez tied the game at 3 with his solo homer leading off the ninth. Arthur Rhodes (0-1) blew the save.

Rangers 6, Devil Rays 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Ryan Drese threw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and Michael Young had four hits including a solo homer for rampaging Texas.

Drese (2-0) allowed only five singles, beating Doug Waechter (1-2).

Young had two singles, an RBI triple and the second of consecutive homers in the seventh following Rod Barajas. Mark Teixeira also homered in the Rangers' 10th win in 12 games.

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