Mussina picks up win over his former team

Yanks sweep Orioles

Posted: Monday, May 07, 2001

BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees helped make Mike Mussina feel right at home in his return to Camden Yards.

Facing his former team for the first time, Mussina allowed one run in seven innings Sunday as the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 2-1 victory.

Scott Brosius hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Mike Trombley (1-1), his third homer in the series, to provide Mussina with an emotional and hard-earned victory.

Mussina spent 10 years with the Orioles before signing a six-year, $88.5 million contract with New York as a free agent in November. Mussina (3-3) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.

Mariano Rivera got three outs for his ninth save in 10 tries.

Indians 10, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Marty Cordova's two-run double off Doug Creek (1-1) snapped an eighth-inning tie and Cleveland won its eighth straight game.

The sweep of the three-game series extended the Indians' longest winning streak since April 1999, when they also won eight straight. The victory finished a 6-0 road trip that began in Kansas City and gave Cleveland its first two-city road sweep 1979.

Chuck Finley (3-2) limited the Devil Rays to Vinny Castilla's solo homer and four other hits in seven innings.

Twins 4, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Radke scattered seven hits over 8 1-3 innings to become the first six-game winner in the majors.

Luis Rivas had three hits, including a home run, for Minnesota, which improved to 21-8.

Radke (6-0) lowered his ERA to 2.22, which ranks second in the AL. He struck out five and walked none. Twins closer LaTroy Hawkins, who blew his first save in 24 career chances on Saturday, got two outs for his 10th save.

Chad Durbin (0-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 7 1-3 innings.

White Sox 10, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ray Durham and Jose Valentin had RBI singles in a four-run seventh inning as Chicago snapped a four-game skid.

With Texas leading 4-3, the White Sox rallied in the seventh inning against Kenny Rogers (1-3) with help from a pair of errors by first baseman Rafael Palmeiro on the same play.

David Wells (3-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings for his first win since April 19. Keith Foulke got five outs for his fifth save.

Angels 3, Tigers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Salmon hit a game-tying two-run homer and Garret Anderson drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single as Anaheim beat Detroit.

Detroit reliever Danny Patterson (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to rookie David Eckstein, who advanced to third on Darin Erstad's hit-and-run single through the vacated hole at shortstop.

Salmon was intentionally walked for the second straight time, but Anderson lined a 1-0 pitch down the right-field line.

Al Levine (1-1) retired the side in order in the top of the 10th to earn the victory.

Blue Jays 11, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Darrin Fletcher's first two home runs of the season were among five hit by Toronto as the Blue Jays handed Seattle's its first series loss.

The Mariners had won a franchise-high nine straight series to open the season before dropping two of three games to Toronto.

Fletcher had his eighth career multihomer game, while Raul Mondesi, Tony Batista, and Brad Fullmer also homered for the Blue Jays.

Chris Carpenter (3-1) allowed six hits and three runs in six innings.

Bret Boone hit two homers for Seattle.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Pedro Martinez might not have had his best stuff, but it was enough to take care of the Oakland Athletics.

Martinez (4-0) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings as the Red Sox beat the A's 5-4 Sunday night. Jose Offerman and Troy O'Leary homered to account for Boston's five-run fifth inning.

Martinez, who struck out at least 10 batters in each of his last three starts, fanned just six A's.

He called his performance ''average.''

''As long as you get them out, it doesn't matter if I get strikeouts or not,'' Martinez said. ''I didn't feel quite comfortable here. But I was spotting the ball well.''

Martinez threw 136 pitches in his last start at Seattle on Tuesday.

''Just because he didn't have a lot of strikeouts doesn't mean he didn't have his 'A' stuff,'' Oakland manager Art Howe said.

The three-time Cy Young winner has won all four of his career starts in Oakland, and is 5-1 against the A's overall.

Oakland, which has won just four games at home this season, closed to 5-4 on Jason Giambi's RBI groundout in the ninth. Rod Beck relieved Rich Garces and got the final two outs for his second save in three chances.

Cory Lidle (0-2), who did not have a decision in his last three starts, allowed five runs on five hits in six innings.

He got out of a jam in the first when Carl Everett walked, Manny Ramirez doubled and O'Leary walked to load the bases with two out. Jason Varitek ended the threat with a grounder to second.

But in the fifth, Lidle unraveled. Offerman clubbed his three-run shot over the right-field fence, and O'Leary followed three batters later with a homer to nearly the same spot.

''Today they hit two big mistakes -- and it cost me the game,'' Lidle said.

The Oakland bats didn't help Lidle. The closest the A's came to scoring in the first five innings was in the second, when Giambi singled and went to second on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Eric Chavez led off with a double and went to third on Everett's throwing error. He scored on Johnny Damon's double-play grounder.

Chavez added an RBI double in the eighth off Rolando Arrojo and scored on Mario Valdez's grounder. It was Arrojo's first earned run in 17 innings. Garces and Beck followed him to the mound.

''Each guy got two outs,'' Boston manager Jimy Williams said. ''Sometimes you have to piece it together like that to get a win.''

A large number of Red Sox fans at the Coliseum loudly applauded Martinez as he took the bullpen mound for pregame warmups. A fan hoisted a sign proclaiming Martinez the ''best pitcher on the planet.''

Martinez received another ovation at the end of the seventh when he left the mound.

Ramirez, Boston's designated hitter, was 1-for-3 with two walks dropping his league-leading average to .405. He was 4-for-5 on Saturday.

Notes: The Red Sox are the only team in the majors not to commit an error at shortstop this season. ... Ramirez, who is also tied for the AL lead with 34 RBIs, could get back to the outfield as early as Tuesday. He's been serving as DH since the start of the season while nursing a sore left hamstring. ... Lidle faced Boston last Aug. 28 while he was with the Devil Rays, and was thrown out of the game because he threw behind Brian Daubach. Lidle served a three-game suspension. ... Oakland dropped to 0-5 on Sundays. ... In three games against the Red Sox, Chavez was 5-for-11 with four runs and five RBI. ... It was the first time Offerman started a game at first base against a right-handed pitcher. ''To tell you the truth, I never expected to play today,'' he said.



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