Sexon slam salvages Seattle split with Sox

Posted: Monday, May 09, 2005


  Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson watches his grand slam home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Boston. The Mariners won 6-4. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson watches his grand slam home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Boston. The Mariners won 6-4.

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

BOSTON — Richie Sexson hit a wind-blown grand slam off Cla Meredith, who was making his major-league debut, and the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 6-4 in Sunday's second game to split their doubleheader and end a seven-game losing streak.

Sexson's looping fly down the right-field line got caught in a strong wind coming from the left and went over the short wall behind the Pesky Pole, about 325 feet from the plate, breaking a seventh-inning tie.

Kevin Millar wasn't so lucky with the wind in the early game: His long drive with the bases loaded was knocked down by the wind, but it hit the Green Monster for a three-run double and Boston won 6-3 for its fifth straight victory.

Millar has yet to homer this year, and the wind also might have cost Doug Mirabelli and David Ortiz a couple of home runs apiece. Ortiz barely cleared the Green Monster in the second game to make it 2-1, then he doubled into the wind in the sixth to tie it.

John Halama (1-1) gave up one run and three hits and a walk in 1 2-3 innings. Meredith, who spent just three days in Triple-A before the promotion, gave up three runs, two hits and two walks while getting just one out.

The opener of the split admission doubleheader was a makeup of Saturday's rainout, and though every ticket was sold, there were several thousand empty seats as fans decided not to sit through 46 degree temperatures.

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO — Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision, and Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe homered to lead Chicago to its eighth straight victory.

Rangers 7, Indians 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kenny Rogers extended his shutout streak to 21 innings with seven innings of six-hit ball as Texas beat Cleveland.

Rogers (3-2) struck out four and walked four in winning his third straight start, stretching the longest shutout streak by a Rangers starter since Rogers' club-record 39 consecutive scoreless innings in 1995.

Michael Young's two-run homer in the first off Jake Westbrook (1-6) gave Rogers an early lead.

Gary Matthews Jr. went 4-for-4 for the Rangers (17-15), who won for the fourth time in five games and moved two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Alfonso Soriano, 9-for-14 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his previous three games, went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.

Royals 10, Orioles 8

BALTIMORE — The Kansas City Royals blew a seven-run lead, then scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning balk by Steve Kline and held on to beat Baltimore.

Angel Berroa, Matt Stairs and Mike Sweeney homered for the Royals, who snapped a five-game skid. Kansas City had lost 14 of 16 and 17 of 20.

The Orioles, who rallied from an 8-1 deficit before losing for only the third time in 14 games, got home runs from Melvin Mora, Javy Lopez and Geronimo Gil.

With the score tied 8-8, Emil Brown opened the eighth with a single off Todd Williams (3-2).

After a strikeout and an intentional walk, Kline came in and retired Joe McEwing on a grounder before home plate umpire Bob Davidson called the left-hander for a balk.

Sweeney hit his eighth homer, the sixth in eight games, in the ninth off Jorge Julio.

Ambiorix Burgos (1-1) pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the Royals, who avoided a three-game sweep.

Twins 9, Devil Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Morneau had his second career four-hit game and drove in three runs, leading Minnesota past Tampa Bay.

Morneau went 4-for-4 and came within a homer of the cycle. The first baseman is 23-for-51 (.451) with six homers and 19 RBIs in 13 games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list after he missed 10 games with a concussion.

Matthew LeCroy had a three-run homer and Joe Mauer added a solo shot for Minnesota, which swept the three-game series and has won nine of 12.

Jorge Cantu hit a three-run homer and Chris Singleton had a two-run double during a five-run seventh that pulled the Devil Rays within 8-6.

Twins starter Joe Mays (2-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Tigers 10, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Maroth pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, Ivan Rodriguez triggered a seven-run third with a three-run triple and Brandon Inge homered, leading Detroit over Los Angeles.

Maroth (3-2) breezed to the victory after his teammates staked him to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings. The Tigers beat the defending AL West champs for the second straight time after losing 21 of the previous 25 meetings.

Vladimir Guerrero's infield single in the first was the Angels' only hit until Robb Quinlan drove Ma-roth's first pitch of the sixth out for his first home run since Aug. 6.

Jarrod Washburn (2-1) lasted only 2 1-3 innings, surrendering six runs and eight hits. It was the left-hander's shortest outing since June 20 at Houston, when he left after two innings because of back stiffness.

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