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Rangers lower broom in 3-game N.Y. series

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003

NEW YORK John Thomson held New York's sputtering offense to three hits, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory Sunday that completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

Thomson (3-4) gave up doubles to Alfonso Soriano in the first and third innings, and to Hideki Matsui in the sixth, winning for the first time since April 29.

It was Thomson's eighth complete game, his second this season, and the lowest-hit complete game of his career.

Juan Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Mike Mussina (7-2), who lost his second straight start after winning his first seven. The Rangers have won three straight, matching their longest winning streak this season.

New York has lost six of seven and is 9-13 following an 18-3 start. The Yankees have dropped seven of their last eight games at home and were swept in the Bronx for the first time since Seattle took three games from May 3-5, 2002.

Texas, which began Sunday with a major league-high 5.89 ERA, held New York to eight hits in winning the final two games of the series and outscored New York 18-8 in the three games.

Thomson struck out a season-high nine and walked five, matching his career high. It was the first complete-game win for a Texas pitcher since Kenny Rogers last June 1.

Mussina struck out Hank Blalock in the fourth inning for his 2,000th strikeout.

Red Sox 5, Angels 3

BOSTON John Burkett won for the first time in eight starts and Jason Varitek had two RBIs as the Boston Red Sox moved into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees in the AL East by beating the Anaheim Angels.

Manny Ramirez homered and Bill Mueller had three hits for the Red Sox, who have a share of first place for the first time since June 27, 2002. Boston begins a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park on Monday night.

Boston's Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

Boston took a 4-0 lead in the second inning against John Lackey (2-4) and never trailed, avoiding a three-game sweep by the World Series champions.

Twins 3, White Sox 2

MINNEAPOLIS Tom Gordon's wild pitch and shortstop Jose Valentin's throwing error let Minnesota score twice in the eighth inning, and the Twins rallied past the Chicago White Sox for a three-game sweep.

Minnesota moved into first place all alone for the first time this season. The AL Central champion Twins took a one-half game lead over Kansas City.

The White Sox lost their eighth in a row at the Metrodome.

LaTroy Hawkins (3-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 opportunities.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Josh Phelps hit a three-run homer to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

The slumping Royals dropped into second place behind Minnesota in the AL Central. Kansas City has lost 15 of 23 after starting the season 16-3. The Blue Jays, who have won 12 of 16, are 22-22.

Tanyon Sturtze (4-4), who made his first relief appearance since May 2, 2001, with Tampa Bay, earned the victory.

Athletics 8, Indians 5

CLEVELAND Eric Byrnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in a five-run ninth inning against Cleveland closer Danys Baez as the Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Indians.

With the A's trailing 5-3, Erubiel Durazo led off the ninth with a double and scored on Mark Ellis' one-out single. Following a single by Terrence Long, pinch-hitter Chris Singleton tied the game with a single.

Byrnes then hit a single to right-center to give Oakland a 6-5 lead and extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Mariners 6, Tigers 2

DETROIT Mike Maroth became the second pitcher in Detroit history to lose his first nine decisions of the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the Tigers behind eight strong innings from Joel Pineiro.

Bret Boone, Carlos Guillen and Greg Colbrunn homered for the Mariners, who swept the three-game series.

Maroth gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings to join Ted Gray (1953) as the only Tigers pitchers to start the season 0-9. Heathcliff Slocumb was the last pitcher to lose his first nine decisions of a season, doing it in 1997 with Boston and Seattle.

The major league record for consecutive losses to start a season by a pitcher is 14, by Joe Harris (1906) of the Boston Pilgrims and Matt Keough (1979) of the Oakland Athletics.

Pineiro (4-3) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked two. He gave up only Bobby Higginson's two-run homer in the first inning.

Devil Rays 9, Orioles 8

BALTIMORE Aubrey Huff doubled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and Travis Lee went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.

By taking two of three from Baltimore, the Devil Rays have won three straight road series for the first time in club history. It's also the first time Tampa Bay has won three straight series since 2001.

Jeff Conine, Deivi Cruz and Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of eight.

The Devil Rays snapped a tie with a two-run ninth against Jorge Julio (0-2). Rocco Baldelli hit a one-out single before Huff doubled to center, and Lee followed with an RBI single to right.

Huff had a triple, two doubles and scored three runs.

Mora homered in the ninth against Lance Carter (4-1).

AP Photo/Louis Requena

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks behind him as the ball flies past him allowing Texas Rangers runner Michael Young to safely steal second on a throw from catcher Jorge Posada, Sunday at Yankee Stadium in New York.

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK John Thomson held New York's sputtering offense to three hits, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory Sunday that completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

Thomson (3-4) gave up doubles to Alfonso Soriano in the first and third innings, and to Hideki Matsui in the sixth, winning for the first time since April 29.

It was Thomson's eighth complete game, his second this season, and the lowest-hit complete game of his career.

Juan Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Mike Mussina (7-2), who lost his second straight start after winning his first seven. The Rangers have won three straight, matching their longest winning streak this season.

New York has lost six of seven and is 9-13 following an 18-3 start. The Yankees have dropped seven of their last eight games at home and were swept in the Bronx for the first time since Seattle took three games from May 3-5, 2002.

Texas, which began Sunday with a major league-high 5.89 ERA, held New York to eight hits in winning the final two games of the series and outscored New York 18-8 in the three games.

Thomson struck out a season-high nine and walked five, matching his career high. It was the first complete-game win for a Texas pitcher since Kenny Rogers last June 1.

Mussina struck out Hank Blalock in the fourth inning for his 2,000th strikeout.

Red Sox 5, Angels 3

BOSTON John Burkett won for the first time in eight starts and Jason Varitek had two RBIs as the Boston Red Sox moved into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees in the AL East by beating the Anaheim Angels.

Manny Ramirez homered and Bill Mueller had three hits for the Red Sox, who have a share of first place for the first time since June 27, 2002. Boston begins a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park on Monday night.

Boston's Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

Boston took a 4-0 lead in the second inning against John Lackey (2-4) and never trailed, avoiding a three-game sweep by the World Series champions.

Twins 3, White Sox 2

MINNEAPOLIS Tom Gordon's wild pitch and shortstop Jose Valentin's throwing error let Minnesota score twice in the eighth inning, and the Twins rallied past the Chicago White Sox for a three-game sweep.

Minnesota moved into first place all alone for the first time this season. The AL Central champion Twins took a one-half game lead over Kansas City.

The White Sox lost their eighth in a row at the Metrodome.

LaTroy Hawkins (3-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 opportunities.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Josh Phelps hit a three-run homer to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

The slumping Royals dropped into second place behind Minnesota in the AL Central. Kansas City has lost 15 of 23 after starting the season 16-3. The Blue Jays, who have won 12 of 16, are 22-22.

Tanyon Sturtze (4-4), who made his first relief appearance since May 2, 2001, with Tampa Bay, earned the victory.

Athletics 8, Indians 5

CLEVELAND Eric Byrnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in a five-run ninth inning against Cleveland closer Danys Baez as the Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Indians.

With the A's trailing 5-3, Erubiel Durazo led off the ninth with a double and scored on Mark Ellis' one-out single. Following a single by Terrence Long, pinch-hitter Chris Singleton tied the game with a single.

Byrnes then hit a single to right-center to give Oakland a 6-5 lead and extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Mariners 6, Tigers 2

DETROIT Mike Maroth became the second pitcher in Detroit history to lose his first nine decisions of the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the Tigers behind eight strong innings from Joel Pineiro.

Bret Boone, Carlos Guillen and Greg Colbrunn homered for the Mariners, who swept the three-game series.

Maroth gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings to join Ted Gray (1953) as the only Tigers pitchers to start the season 0-9. Heathcliff Slocumb was the last pitcher to lose his first nine decisions of a season, doing it in 1997 with Boston and Seattle.

The major league record for consecutive losses to start a season by a pitcher is 14, by Joe Harris (1906) of the Boston Pilgrims and Matt Keough (1979) of the Oakland Athletics.

Pineiro (4-3) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked two. He gave up only Bobby Higginson's two-run homer in the first inning.

Devil Rays 9, Orioles 8

BALTIMORE Aubrey Huff doubled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and Travis Lee went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.

By taking two of three from Baltimore, the Devil Rays have won three straight road series for the first time in club history. It's also the first time Tampa Bay has won three straight series since 2001.

Jeff Conine, Deivi Cruz and Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of eight.

The Devil Rays snapped a tie with a two-run ninth against Jorge Julio (0-2). Rocco Baldelli hit a one-out single before Huff doubled to center, and Lee followed with an RBI single to right.

Huff had a triple, two doubles and scored three runs.

Mora homered in the ninth against Lance Carter (4-1).



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