Royals nip Blue Jays

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney's two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning skidded past Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske, giving the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Sweeney's hit off Terry Adams (3-2) gave the Royals back-to-back victories for the first time since April 9-11, when they took three in a row from Cleveland.

Athletics 2, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Rich Harden allowed one run in seven innings, and Adam Melhuse homered in Oakland's season-high third straight victory.

Harden (2-2) won his second start in a row, giving up just seven hits and striking out eight. Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Rangers 9, Devil Rays 8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Hank Blalock hit his third homer in two games, and Texas handed Tampa Bay its seventh straight loss.

Alfonso Soriano, Kevin Mench and Brad Fullmer also homered for the Rangers, who have 14 in winning four of five games from the Devil Rays.

Indians 6, Red Sox 4

BOSTON -- Cliff Lee pitched six strong innings, Jody Gerut had three hits and Tim Laker homered for Cleveland, which took advantage of three Boston errors to win for just the second time in eight games.

Lee (4-0) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight in six innings. Rafael Betancourt struck out the side in the ninth for a save, but not before giving up two runs.

Angels 11, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Jose Guillen and Adam Kennedy homered to support Aaron Sele, and Anaheim handed New York just its third loss in 14 games.

Casey Kotchman broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth inning as Anaheim scored five times for an 8-2 lead. The surging Angels have won 10 of 11 and have the best record in the American League at 23-11.

Twins 4, Mariners 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Brad Radke took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the Twins held on despite Edgar Martinez's three-run homer.

Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer to back Radke (3-2), who allowed back-to-back singles starting the ninth before Martinez's 300th career homer.

Radke gave up 10 hits, struck out four and walked one. Joe Nathan got three outs for his ninth save in 10 tries. Freddy Garcia (1-2) was the loser.

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