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Angels, Byrd quiet Indians

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

 

  Seattle Mariners center fielder Jeremy Reed loses his glove as he leaps for New York Yankees' Bernie Williams grand slam ball during the seventh inning in Seattle, Monday, May 16, 2005. AP Photo/John Froschauer

Seattle Mariners center fielder Jeremy Reed loses his glove as he leaps for New York Yankees' Bernie Williams grand slam ball during the seventh inning in Seattle, Monday, May 16, 2005.

AP Photo/John Froschauer

CLEVELAND — Paul Byrd pitched seven shutout innings and remained perfect in five career decisions against Cleveland, leading the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Monday night.

Byrd (4-3) had an easy time with Cleveland, which came in batting a major-league worst .235. The right-hander gave up just three singles but had no problems against the team that drafted him in 1991.

Byrd lowered his ERA to 1.60 in eight career appearances against Cleveland. He walked three and struck out five.

Although he threw only 85 pitches, Byrd was lifted after the seventh by Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who didn't have closer Francisco Rodriguez available because of a strained right forearm.

Brendan Donnelly gave up a run in the eighth, and Scot Shields pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Garret Anderson had two RBIs off Cliff Lee (4-2) as the Angels won for the 14th time in their last 19 games at Jacobs Field.

Rangers 7, White Sox 6

CHICAGO — Kevin Mench homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo drive in the ninth inning, lifting Texas to its ninth win in 13 games.

Mench, who also homered in the first inning, sent a pitch from Damaso Marte (2-3) over the wall in left.

The White Sox have lost three straight, matching a season high.

Nick Regilio (1-1) won despite allowing a tying home run to pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi in the eighth. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Mench has six homers this year, including three in the last two games.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 4

OAKLAND, Calif. — Newcomer Matt Watson hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, and the Athletics snapped their eight-game losing streak.

Watson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday to put some pop in the majors' worst offense, and he came through with a bases-loaded hit off Mike Timlin.

Eric Chavez snapped a 5-for-37 skid with three hits, and Mark Kotsay had a three-run triple in the fifth for the A's, who finally ended their longest losing streak since July 21-29, 1998, when they lost nine straight.

Chavez and Erubiel Durazo led off the eighth with singles off Mike Myers (1-1), who left the game after Durazo's drive struck him on the forearm. Timlin walked Scott Hatteberg to load the bases with one out, and Watson's grounder was just out of Mark Bellhorn's reach at second base.

Keiichi Yabu (3-0), who was expected to be Oakland's starter on Wednesday, allowed four hits and three walks in two innings, yet still got the win.

Yankees 6, Mariners 3

SEATTLE — Bernie Williams hit his 11th career grand slam as the Yankees won their ninth in a row, their longest streak since June 27 to July 6, 2001. At 20-19, New York moved over .500 for the first time since April 9 (3-2).

With New York trailing 2-1 in the seventh, J.J. Putz relieved and Williams drove his first pitch just out of reach of center fielder Jeremy Reed, whose glove went over the wall as he crashed into it. On Saturday, Putz gave up a grand slam to Trot Nixon in Boston's 6-3 win.

Chien-Ming Wang (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Aaron Sele handed a 2-1 lead to Shigetoshi Hasegawa (0-1), who loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.

Tino Martinez hit what appeared to be an inning-ending, double-play grounder, but first baseman Richie Sexson dropped catcher Miguel Olivo's throw after the forceout at the plate.



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