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Mussina stops Blue Jays on three days' rest

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina, working on just three days' rest, allowed only four hits in 6 2-3 innings and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Mussina (6-2) struck out five and walked three while filling in for left-hander David Wells, who missed his turn because of back soreness.

Wells had an MRI exam earlier in the day and was diagnosed with a strained lower back. He was listed as day-to-day.

Steve Karsay got his first save with the Yankees.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Magglio Ordonez had four hits, and Dan Wright pitched into the seventh inning for his second consecutive strong outing as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox.

Ordonez and Frank Thomas each drove in two runs, and Paul Konerko added three hits for Chicago.

The Red Sox lost for the first time in four games.

Wright (5-4), coming off his first career shutout Thursday against Texas, allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out a career-high seven.

Twins 8, Rangers 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Minnesota Twins over Texas, the Rangers' fifth straight defeat.

David Ortiz went 4-for-5 for the Twins, who collected 15 hits, broke a three-game losing streak and improved to a major league-best 17-6 at home.

Eric Milton (6-3), who surrendered 11 runs in his last two starts, struck out a season-high seven in six innings.

Ismael Valdes (3-5) gave up a season-high 10 hits in five innings.

Tigers 5, Indians 1

DETROIT -- Mark Redman pitched the first complete game of his career, Dmitri Young and Randall Simon hit consecutive home runs and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland for their first five-game winning streak in more than a year.

The Tigers' previous five-game winning string came May 8-12, 2001. Both streaks started with three-game sweeps of Texas.

The Indians have lost five of six.

Redman (1-5) scattered 10 hits in his 45th start in the majors. He gave up an unearned run, struck out three and walked three.

Devil Rays 1, Mariners 0

SEATTLE -- Joe Kennedy pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout and Brent Abernathy hit an RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners lost their third in a row, while the Devil Rays won their third straight for the first time since April 21-24.

Kennedy (3-3) struck out seven in his first-ever complete game in the majors.

Kennedy issued his only walk to Desi Relaford leading off the ninth inning. Relaford made it to third on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice and a flyout, but Kennedy struck out Ruben Sierra to end it.

Angels 5, Royals 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Garret Anderson followed with a three-run homer as the Anaheim Angels beat the Kansas City Royals for their 20th victory in 23 games.

Jose Nieves and Adam Kennedy both reached on errors to open the seventh, leading to four unearned runs against reliever Dan Reichert (2-5).

Dennis Cook (1-0) got one out for the victory, retiring Carlos Beltran on a grounder with the go-ahead run at second in the seventh.



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