White Sox pound Rangers 7-0

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005

CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle won his sixth straight decision and Jermaine Dye doubled three times, once with the bases loaded, to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-0 Wednesday.

A.J. Pierzynski homered in his fourth consecutive game, and Paul Konerko also connected.

Buehrle (7-1) allowed nine hits in 7 1-3 innings and got out of two early jams to run his career record against Texas to 7-0. The quick-working lefty became the third seven-game winner in the major leagues, joining teammate Jon Garland (8-0) and Florida's Dontrelle Willis.

The White Sox will take a major league-best 29-12 record into Friday's interleague opener with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Athletics 13, Red Sox 6

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer, David Wells flopped in his first start in three weeks and Oakland routed Boston.

Seth Etherton (1-0), called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday to make his first major league appearance since 2003, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings a day before his wife was scheduled to deliver their first child.

The right-hander retired 15 of his first 17 batters, and the A's batted around in the first two innings. Eric Byrnes had four of Oakland's 19 hits and scored three runs. Mark Kotsay had a two-run double and Chavez drove in four runs as the Athletics established season highs for hits and runs.

Angels 2, Indians 1

CLEVELAND — Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings on three days' rest and Los Angeles rallied for two runs in the ninth off Jake Westbrook to beat Cleveland.

Colon (5-3) allowed just four hits but appeared to be on his way to a tough loss before the Angels finally figured out Westbrook (1-7), who took a two-hitter into the ninth.

He was two outs from his second career shutout when the Angels, who hadn't gotten a hit since the second, strung together three straight singles. Darin Erstad's RBI single tied it, and pinch-hitter Bengie Molina hit a sacrifice fly against reliever Arthur Rhodes.

Twins 3, Blue Jays 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Jacque Jones and Michael Cuddyer homered to lift Minnesota over Toronto.

Cuddyer was 3-for-3 and Kyle Lohse (3-2) pitched six solid innings to give the Twins their second win by a starting pitcher in the last nine games.

Dave Bush (0-4) rebounded from a rough outing against hapless Kansas City, giving up seven hits and tying a season high with five strikeouts in a complete game. But it wasn't quite good enough to beat Lohse.

Orioles 7, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melvin Mora had two homers and four RBIs, and Baltimore beat the Royals for its sixth straight victory in Kansas City.

David Newhan also homered for the Orioles, who have hit seven home runs in the first two games of the three-game series and increased their major league-leading total to 60.

Bruce Chen (5-2) went 6 2-3 innings and gave up four runs and seven hits.

Mariners 7, Yankees 6

SEATTLE — The Yankees committed three errors, the final one leading to the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and their 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 7-6 loss.

Miguel Olivo's first hit of the series scored Jeremy Reed with two outs in the eighth, preventing the Yankees from their first 11-game winning streak in nearly 20 years.

The Yankees loaded the bases in the ninth, but Ron Villone struck out Jason Giambi on three pitches for the final out and his first save since 1999, when he pitched for Cincinnati.

Tigers 6, Devil Rays 4

DETROIT — Dmitri Young homered and Omar Infante drove in two runs as Detroit beat the sloppy Devil Rays.

Tampa Bay made three errors, leading to four unearned runs, in its fourth straight loss.

Wil Ledezma (2-3) won for the first time since April 9, a span of five starts, despite giving up four runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out a career-best seven.



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