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Twins' Mays pitches complete-game shutout vs. Blue Jays

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mays scattered seven hits in his first complete game since 2002, pitching the Minnesota Twins past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Thursday.

Michael Cuddyer's two-run double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie and chased Gustavo Chacin (4-3). Mike Redmond greeted reliever Jason Frasor with a two-run single.

Mays (3-1) has had some success, but this was clearly the big breakout he and the Twins were waiting for following his recovery from elbow surgery that kept him off the mound for 18 months.

Trying to rediscover the form he showed in 2001, when he made the All-Star team and won 17 games with a 3.16 ERA, Mays had his sinker working well — resulting in 13 groundouts.

He struck out two and walked none in his first complete game since a two-hit shutout against Boston on Aug. 16, 2002. This was his sixth career shutout and 10th complete game.

Royals 7, Orioles 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emil Brown hit a three-run homer, Angel Berroa added a solo shot and Kansas City finally held a lead against Baltimore.

The Royals (12-29) improved to 4-4 under interim manager Bob Schaefer, who took over for Tony Pena on May 11. But they still have the worst record in club history after 41 games.

Kansas City handed Runelvys Hernandez a 6-0 advantage after three innings, yet the right-hander failed to get out of the fourth and was replaced by rookie Leo Nunez.

Nunez (1-0), who began the year in Class-A, got his first major league win with 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. Mike MacDougal struck out all three batters in the ninth for his second save.

Devil Rays 6, Tigers 2

DETROIT — Nick Green and Damon Hollins homered, and Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.

Scott Kazmir got his first win of the season, allowing two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Kazmir (1-4) departed after he was hit on the right leg by Dmitri Young's line drive. Seth McClung and Lance Carter held the lead for Danys Baez, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got five outs for his fourth save in seven chances.

Mike Maroth, a late substitution for Jeremy Bonderman, took the loss. Maroth (4-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings.



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