White Sox trail, fall to Orioles

Improbable Chicago streak finally ends

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2005


  Chicago White Sox' Paul Konerko reacts after being called out on a strike against Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Todd Williams in the eighth inning, at U.S. Cellular Field, Sunday, May 15, 2005, in Chicago. The Orioles won, 6-2. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Chicago White Sox' Paul Konerko reacts after being called out on a strike against Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Todd Williams in the eighth inning, at U.S. Cellular Field, Sunday, May 15, 2005, in Chicago. The Orioles won, 6-2.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO — The White Sox didn't lead for the first time this season, as Sal Fasano and David Newhan hit their first home runs in Baltimore's victory.

Chicago set a major league record by having a lead in 37 straight games to begin a season. That also tied the 1934 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest overall streak with a lead.

But the Orioles used seven strong innings from Erik Bedard and two RBIs apiece from Fasano and Newhan to build a 4-0 lead on their way to a split of the four-game series between division leaders.

Bedard (4-1) won his fourth straight decision, giving up five hits, including the two homers, in seven-plus innings.

Jose Contreras (1-1) allowed five runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out four in 6 1-3 innings.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 4

SEATTLE — Struggling Miguel Olivo had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Seattle overcame Manny Ramirez's 400th home run.

Ramirez became the 39th player in major league history to reach 400 when his three-run shot with two outs in the fifth brought Boston within a run. He flied out with the tying run on second to end the game as the Red Sox lost a series for the first time this month.

Olivo had been hitless in 27 at-bats, but his RBI infield single sparked a four-run second inning.

Gil Meche (3-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, and Eddie Guardado earned his 10th save for Seattle, which won a series for the first time since taking two of three at Texas from April 26-28.

Tim Wakefield (4-2) took the loss.

Yankees 6, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tino Martinez hit two more homers to give him eight in eight games, and slumping Jason Giambi doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of New York's eighth straight victory.

Randy Johnson earned his 250th victory even though he failed to strike out a batter for the first time in nearly five years. The Yankees (19-19) roared back to .500 by overcoming an early three-run deficit and rallying in the seventh. They sent spiraling Oakland to its eighth straight loss.

Johnson (4-2) allowed a run in the first inning for the first time in 16 starts. He allowed seven hits in six innings. He became the 42nd pitcher to reach 250 victories — but didn't increase his career total of 4,211 strikeouts, third on the majors' career list.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest appearance of Johnson's career without a strikeout. The Big Unit last failed to get a strikeout on Aug. 25, 2000, while pitching 2 1-3 innings for Arizona against the New York Mets.

Joe Torre won his 1,800th game, becoming just the 13th manager in major league history to reach the mark.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 2

CLEVELAND — Roy Halladay pitched 7 2-3 superb innings and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a series sweep with a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Halladay (6-2) allowed five singles and used his fastball along with a nasty breaking ball to get 14 outs on grounders. He walked three and struck out six in improving to 4-0 in eight career starts against Cleveland.

Wells' shot in the eighth inning was off C.C. Sabathia (2-3). Alex Rios hit a solo homer in the third as the Blue Jays snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Sabathia gave up eight hits in 7 2-3 innings — a season-high.

Angels 9, Tigers 3

DETROIT — Bengie Molina's three-run double capped a six-run third inning and John Lackey won for the third time in four starts for Los Angeles.

The Angels hadn't scored more than five runs since beating Oakland 9-5 on April 23, a span of 18 games.

Nate Robertson (1-3) took the loss, allowing six runs — only one earned — on five hits and two walks in three innings.

Juan Rivera added a three-run homer off Matt Ginter in the fourth, his first of the season, to push Los Angeles' lead to 9-0.

Twins 5, Rangers 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Shannon Stewart snapped a tie game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, lifting Brad Radke and Minnesota.

Stewart drove in four runs for the Twins, who avoided their first three-game sweep of the season. Radke (4-3) won his third straight decision, yielding seven hits and two runs in seven innings while striking out two.

Kevin Mench homered for the Rangers, whose five-game road winning streak ended with more struggles by their bullpen. Ron Mahay (0-2) surrendered Stewart's homer.

Juan Rincon struck out the side in a perfect eighth for the Twins, and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 11th save.

Royals 4, Devil Rays 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alberto Castillo hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple and came on Mark Hendrickson's balk, lifting Kansas City to its first home series win of the season.

Angel Berroa had an inside-the-park home run in the third inning for the Royals, who won three of four from a Tampa Bay team which dropped to 2-13 on the road.

Mike MacDougal (2-1) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief of hard-luck starter Zack Greinke.

Ambiorix Burgos started the ninth but was replaced after loading the bases with two outs. Mike Wood came in and gave up a two-run single to Julio Lugo before getting Carl Crawford to fly to center for his second save.

Hendrickson (1-2), Tampa Bay's 6-foot-9 left-hander, walked Emil Brown leading off the seventh and gave up a single to Terrence Long before Castillo lined the second triple of his career down the right-field line.

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