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Devil Rays top Orioles, halt 15-game skid

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended their 15-game losing streak in startling fashion when Randy Winn hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

Tampa Bay had not gotten a run in the ninth all season before rallying to score four times with two outs against Orioles closer Jorge Julio (2-1).

The Devil Rays were one out away from becoming the third team to lose 16 in a row in the last 25 years. Their skid was the longest in the majors since 1988 when the Orioles opened the season with an AL-record 21-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay trailed 4-2 going into the ninth before Jason Tyner and Chris Gomez opened with singles. Two outs later, Brent Abernathy hit his second RBI single of the game.

Winn followed with his third home run of the season, hitting a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence. The crowd of 10,811 at Tropicana Field kept cheering, and Winn took a curtain call.

Esteban Yan (2-1) got the victory.

Yankees 4, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robin Ventura hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, leading the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins.

Bernie Williams had a single, double and triple -- three of his team's eight hits -- as the Yankees won their fifth straight game.

The crowd of 43,465 was the Twins' largest for a non-opening day since 44,665 showed up for a game last July 22 against Seattle.

With Twins closer Eddie Guardado (0-1) on the mound in the ninth, Williams doubled with one out before Ventura's towering shot to right, his eighth of the season.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 tries.

Mike Stanton (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the Yankees, who squandered a chance to take the lead in the eighth.

Athletics 7, Blue Jays 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez hit a grand slam, Barry Zito won his 11th straight decision at home and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays to snap a four-game losing streak.

Raul Mondesi hit an inside-the-park home run for the Blue Jays, who lost their 12th in 16 games.

Zito (3-2) struck out 10 in six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits.

The left-hander hasn't lost a regular-season game at the Oakland Coliseum since last June 2 against Baltimore, 18 starts ago. He's 3-0 following A's losses.

Justin Miller (2-1) lost in the majors for the first time, giving up six runs in four innings. He was traded with Eric Hinske from Oakland to the Blue Jays for closer Billy Koch in the offseason.

Mariners 3, Red Sox 1

SEATTLE -- John Halama (2-0) pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings and Seattle beat Boston for the second straight night.

Boston came to Seattle riding a nine-game winning streak but have been outscored 10-3 in two games against the Mariners.

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .360 and the Mariners took advantage of 11 walks by Boston pitchers, including five by Darren Oliver (4-2) in 1 2-3 innings.

Kazuhiro Sasaki, back after a trip to Japan to tend to his ill wife, pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Sasaki signed a two-year contract extension earlier Saturday.

Rangers 10, Tigers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez homered twice, including a two-run shot in a seven-run second inning, as Texas handed Detroit its fourth straight defeat.

Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that stretched Texas' lead to 8-4 and gave him an AL-leading 12 homers. Rodriguez has three multihomer games this season and 23 for his career.

Texas starter Dave Burba (3-0) trailed 4-0 in the second before the Rangers' offense came to his rescue. Burba allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two.

Steve Sparks (2-4) took the loss.

Angels 6, White Sox 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus homered during a five-run first inning and Scott Spiezio had three RBIs as Anaheim won for the 13th time in 15 games.

Ramon Ortiz (4-3) won his third straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits over seven innings and striking out eight.

Troy Percival struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

Jon Garland (4-2) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in five-plus innings.



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