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No. 500 helps Texas undo Cleveland

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro hit his 500th career homer in his last chance to get it at home.

Palmeiro hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Cleveland right-hander David Elder to become the second player to reach the milestone this season as the Rangers beat the Indians 17-10 Sunday.

Palmeiro became just the 19th player ever to join the 500-homer club, following Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs, who did it April 4.

With the crowd standing in anticipation, knowing Palmeiro wasn't likely to get another at-bat, the left-hander hit a full-count fastball 370 feet over the right field fence. The Rangers play their next six games on the road.

Hank Blalock went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Texas denying the Indians their first sweep in Texas in 30 years.

Athletics 5, Yankees 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder allowed three hits in eight innings to win his fifth straight start, pitching Oakland past New York.

Miguel Tejada, Ron Gant and Eric Byrnes homered off Andy Pettitte (4-3) for the A's, who took two of three from New York for the second straight weekend.

Mulder (6-1) gave up two runs, walked two and struck out a season-high eight. He came within an inning of throwing his fourth straight complete game. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Enrique Wilson homered for the Yankees, who lost their first road series of the season.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Roy Halladay won his third straight start and Tom Wilson homered to lead Toronto past Anaheim.

The Blue Jays, who have won eight of 10, took two of three to win their second consecutive series against the World Series champions. Toronto swept three games from Anaheim last weekend at home.

Halladay (3-2), winless in his first six starts after winning 19 games last season, allowed two runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings.

Jarrod Washburn (3-4) gave up three runs in six innings.

Mariners 7, White Sox 2

SEATTLE Jamie Moyer (5-2) pitched seven sharp innings and Seattle got home runs from Edgar Martinez, Mike Cameron and Greg Colbrunn to beat Chicago.

Moyer, Jeff Nelson and Kazuhiro Sasaki held the White Sox to three hits, matching a season low for Chicago.

The Mariners won two of three in the series to complete a 3-3 homestand. The White Sox finished their West Coast road trip 2-4.

Chicago left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-6), a 19-game winner last season, lost his career-high fifth consecutive start.

Royals 8, Orioles 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Rookie Ken Harvey sparked a four-run seventh with a tiebreaking two-run single off Travis Driskill (0-1) to propel Kansas City.

Harvey has eight game-tying or go-ahead hits in his past 18 games, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday.

Sean Lowe (1-0), making his second appearance for the Royals, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and got the win.

Tigers 9, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Eric Munson homered and Shane Halter, Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena each drove in two runs to lead Detroit.

Nate Cornejo (3-2) pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits for the Tigers. Left-hander Steve Avery pitched the eighth inning, appearing in his first regular season game in the majors since 1999.

Halter drove in runs with singles in the first and third innings, helping Detroit build an 8-0 lead against Jorge Sosa (1-5).

Twins 9, Red Sox 8

MINNEAPOLIS Jacque Jones had three hits and scored three runs, and Brad Radke won his third consecutive start as Minnesota held off Boston.

The Red Sox rallied from a 9-1 deficit and cut it to 9-8 in the ninth inning on Shea Hillenbrand's two-out, two-run single.

But closer Eddie Guardado retired Bill Mueller on a grounder with two on for his eighth save. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz made a diving stretch to corral the throw from shortstop Cristian Guzman and preserve the lead.

The Twins took two of three in the series and have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Radke (4-3) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Jeremy Giambi had four hits for Boston, including two homers.

The Twins jumped on Derek Lowe (3-3) early, building an 8-0 lead after four innings.



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