Sheets leaves Baltimore out to dry

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2000

BALTIMORE -- Andy Sheets, after replacing Nomar Garciaparra, drove in the go-ahead run with his first hit of the season during a six-run sixth inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Carl Everett, who entered the game in a 2-for-14 slump, went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. He leads the Red Sox with 12 homers and 33 RBIs.

Garciaparra was replaced by Sheets in the first inning after aggravating a hamstring injury while running out a grounder. Garciaparra missed two games last weekend with a tight left hamstring.

Brady Anderson homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who have lost eight of nine.

Devil Rays 1, Yankees 0

NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel extended his scoreless-innings streak to 17 and Fred McGriff knocked in the only run with a seventh-inning homer for Tampa Bay against New York.

It was the second straight 1-0 victory for Trachsel (3-2), who gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings before being relieved by Albie Lopez. He allowed one hit the last two innings to get his first save.

McGriff, who had not homered in 67 at-bats, hit a 2-1 pitch from Orlando Hernandez (4-2) into the right-center field bleachers with one out in the seventh, his fourth homer of the season.

Indians 16, Royals 0

CLEVELAND -- Manny Ramirez's first-inning grand slam got Cleveland rolling and Jaret Wright pitched 7 2-3 shutout innings in the Indians' 16-0 rout of Kansas City.

The shutout was Cleveland's most lopsided in 45 years, when the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 19-0 on May 18, 1955.

Ramirez added a two-run homer in the sixth and David Justice and Jim Thome hit solo shots as Cleveland took out some frustration while snapping Kansas City's five-game winning streak.

Coming off a bewildering defeat in Minnesota on Wednesday night in which they blew an 8-1 lead and lost 10-9, the Indians made sure their first stay in third place in the AL Central since 1997 was a short one.

Athletics 7, Mariners 6

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi, back in his hitting groove since being reunited with his younger brother, homered and drove in five runs in Oakland's victory over Seattle.

Giambi hit a three-run homer, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single and also tripled as the A's survived a three-run homer by Jay Buhner and solo shots by Alex Rodriguez and David Bell.

Giambi, who leads the majors with 15 homers and 42 RBIs, is hitting .357 (10-for-28) since his brother, Jeremy, was recalled from the minors May 5.

Angels 3, Rangers 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus homered and Garret Anderson drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning for Anaheim against Texas.

With the score tied 2-2, Adam Kennedy singled with one out in the eighth off Kenny Rogers (3-4) and took third on Mo Vaughn's double. Tim Salmon was intentionally walked before Anderson lined a 1-1 pitch to center, scoring Kennedy.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-0) earned the victory with three innings of one-hit relief, and Troy Percival got three outs for his 10th save.

Ivan Rodriguez homered for the Rangers.



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