Blue Jays pound Yankees, Pettitte

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2003

NEW YORK Carlos Delgado homered twice and drove in five runs Thursday night as the Toronto Blue Jays sent Andy Pettitte to his career-worst fourth straight loss, beating the New York Yankees 8-3.

New York, returning home after winning two of three at Fenway Park, lost its fourth straight game at Yankee Stadium and eighth in nine games, slicing its AL East lead over Boston to a half-game.

The loss wasn't the only bad news for the Yankees. Before the game, they found out All-Star center fielder Bernie Williams probably will miss four-to-six weeks because of torn cartilage in his left knee.

Last weekend, first baseman and designated hitter Nick Johnson went on the DL because of a stress fracture in his right hand and he also is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

Rangers 10, Devil Rays 8

ARLINGTON, Texas Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to extend their winning streak to a season-high six.

Hank Blalock and Einar Diaz each homered and had three RBIs for Texas, which completed a three-game sweep. The Rangers are on their longest wining streak since taking eight in a row last June 19-25.

Twins 6, Athletics 5

OAKLAND, Calif. Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer and his bases-loaded walk forced in a run as Minnesota beat the Oakland Athletics and handed John Halama his first career loss to the Twins.

The Twins have won seven of their last nine games and 17 of 22. They took two of three from the defending AL West champions in a sometimes testy rematch of last season's first-round playoff series won by Minnesota in the decisive fifth game. The benches cleared twice Tuesday.

Tigers 3, Indians 2

CLEVELAND Eric Munson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Cleveland Indians.

The Tigers avoided a four-game sweep and snapped the Indians' three-game winning streak. Detroit improved to 1-3 in extra innings while Cleveland fell to 0-4.

Mariners 5, Royals 1

SEATTLE Gil Meche took another strong pitching performance into the seventh inning and Ben Davis homered to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Kansas City Royals.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored twice as the AL West leaders won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Orioles 7, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. Brian Roberts, called up to the majors this week, hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off Troy Percival that rallied the Baltimore Orioles over the Anaheim Angels. Baltimore became the first team this season to score an earned run off Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly.

After denting Donnelly, the Orioles then won it against Anaheim's closer.

Percival, who had been 7-for-7 on save chances this year, took over with a 4-3 lead to start the ninth. The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs when Gary Matthews Jr. walked, Deivi Cruz singled and Geronimo Gil was hit by a pitch.

Roberts followed by hitting a 3-2 pitch over the right-field fence for the first slam of his career.

Roberts was promoted from Triple-A on Wednesday when Jerry Hairston was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken foot.

Willis Roberts (3-1) got the victory. Jorge Julio, pitching for the fifth straight game, got his 12th save in 15 chances.

Percival (0-2) took the loss while pitching for the first time in five days. The Angels had been 20-0 when leading after eight innings.



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