Yanks, A-Rod avoid Rangers' sweep

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas Enrique Wilson homered and drove in three runs, sparking the Yankees to an 8-3 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers and helping New York avoid a three-game sweep in Alex Rodriguez's return to Arlington.

Kenny Lofton opened the game with a triple and scored on the play when a relay throw by Michael Young, A-Rod's replacement at shortstop, bounced into the netting in front of the Yankees' dugout for an error.

Javier Vazquez (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts, and won for the first time since April 30.

Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a single, double and two strikeouts, and extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 32, the longest in the majors this season.

R.A. Dickey (4-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

White Sox 17, Twins 7

MINNEAPOLIS Carlos Lee had four hits and drove in six runs, and Miguel Olivo and Juan Uribe hit consecutive homers in an eight-run fourth inning to lead the White Sox.

The White Sox, who batted around twice, took three of four games in the series to move into a tie with the Twins for first place in the AL Central.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2

BOSTON David Ortiz had three hits and three RBIs, Tim Wakefield pitched seven solid innings and the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep.

The win was the seventh in nine games for the Red Sox, who jumped to a 6-0 lead after three innings. Toronto has lost five straight on the road and is 8-14 away from SkyDome.

Wakefield (4-2) gave up two runs and seven hits all singles in seven innings as Boston (27-17) moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Devil Rays 5, Indians 4, 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tino Martinez's bases-loaded single in the 10th inning gave Tampa Bay a victory over Cleveland and its first four-game winning streak this season.

Mariners 3, Tigers 1

SEATTLE Freddy Garcia pitched seven strong innings and John Olerud hit a solo home run to lead the Mariners.

Olerud led off the seventh with a shot into the Detroit bullpen on a 1-0 pitch from Jeremy Bonderman (4-3). Raul Ibanez drove in two runs, and the Mariners won for only the third time in their last 14 games.

Seattle avoided a sweep of the three-game series after the Tigers won the first two.

Angels 8, Orioles 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero homered, Jose Guillen hit a three-run double and the Angels completed a three-game sweep.

Aaron Sele (3-0) allowed three runs two earned and six hits through five innings. The sweep was the Angels' fifth this season of at least three games, and they have the best record in baseball at 29-15, tying the best start in franchise history, and lead the AL West by 3 1/2 games.

Athletics 3, Royals 2, 10 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. Eric Byrnes singled in the winning run in the 10th and Oakland completed its second three-game sweep of Kansas City in a week.

Arthur Rhodes (1-1) struck out two in the 10th for the win. Byrnes hit a blooper down the right-field line against Nate Field (2-1) to score Bobby Crosby.

The A's have won four straight and seven of eight overall, and have beaten the Royals 10 straight times, their longest streak ever against Kansas City.

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