Garland first in majors to eight wins

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

CHICAGO — Jon Garland became the first eight-game winner in the major leagues, and A.J. Pierzynski homered for the third straight game to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night.

Garland (8-0), the first White Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts since John Whitehead in 1935, gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. Relying on his sinker, he got Texas to hit into a pair of double plays.

Dustin Hermanson walked two in the ninth but remained perfect in nine save chances. He hasn't given up a run in 19 1-3 innings this year.

Indians 13, Angels 5

CLEVELAND — Ben Broussard and Travis Hafner each hit two-run homers, and the Indians roughed up rookie Ervin Santana and the Angels.

The Indians entered with the majors' lowest batting average at .233, but teed off early on Santana (0-1), who made his big league debut after being recalled from Double-A Arkansas.

Cleveland had three runs after just four batters and the Indians poured it on, posting season highs in runs and hits (19). Even struggling Aaron Boone, batting just .147 before going 2-for-4, had two RBIs.

Tigers 4, Devil Rays 3, 11 innings

DETROIT — Ivan Rodriguez tied the score with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and Rondell White singled home the winning run in the 11th.

With Tampa Bay ahead 3-2, Danys Baez blew a save for the third time in six chances. Carlos Pena walked leading off the ninth and advanced on a sacrifice. Brandon Inge walked with two outs, and Rodriguez blooped a single down the left-field line.

Blue Jays 10, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Towers won his fourth straight start, and the Blue Jays took advantage of Johan Santana's worst outing in nearly a year.

Towers (5-1) has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his eight starts this year. He gave up seven hits, one walk and struck out two in five innings, throwing 84 pitches.

Vernon Wells smacked a two-run homer off Santana in the first. That set the tone for the reigning AL Cy Young winner's uncharacteristically rough night.

Orioles 12, Royals 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rafael Palmeiro hit his 555th homer, drove in five runs and had his first four-hit game since Sept. 28, 2001, as Baltimore rallied from an 8-2 second-inning deficit.

Brian Roberts and pinch-hitter Sal Fasano also homered for the Orioles (25-13), who moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season.

Red Sox 7, Athletics 5

OAKLAND, Calif. — Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth, and David Ortiz doubled and drove in two runs.

Boston, which had four hits and 11 walks, loaded the bases in the eighth against Juan Cruz (0-2), then got help when first baseman Scott Hatteberg and right fielder Eric Byrnes made errors.

Yankees 6, Mariners 0

SEATTLE — Jason Giambi hit a solo homer, singled twice and drove in three runs to back a five-hitter by Carl Pavano (3-2), who struck out seven and walked none in his fourth career shutout.

Giambi is 7-for-20 (.350) with four RBIs on New York's trip, raising his average from .195 to .227.

Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 13th home run as the Yankees matched their longest winning streak since a 10-game run from June 30 to July 12, 1998.



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