Mussina picks up as Yankees rout Tigers 12-3

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each homered twice, and the surging New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Tuesday night behind Mike Mussina to move three games over .500 for the first time this season.

Robinson Cano hit his first major league homer and Gary Sheffield also connected, showing his sore left hand is healthy enough for him to hit. The Yankees (24-21) finished with a season-high six home runs, four off starter Wilfredo Ledezma (2-4), and won for the 13th time in 15 games.

Mussina (5-2) allowed six hits in seven shutout innings, winning his fourth straight decision in a span of five starts. He improved to 16-5 against the Tigers.

Posada homered from both sides of the plate for the sixth time in his career and drove in four runs. Rodriguez increased his major league-leading total to 16 homers with the 39th multihomer game of his career.

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6

TORONTO — Reed Johnson homered twice, including a game-ending three-run drive in the ninth inning.

With the score 6-all, Orlando Hudson singled with one out in the ninth off Alan Embree (1-2), John McDonald walked and Johnson hit his second homer of the game.

Miguel Batista (3-0), Toronto's fifth pitcher, threw 1 1-3 hitless innings.

David Ortiz had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who started a six-game trip to Toronto and New York.

In his second start since coming off the disabled list, David Wells gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings for Boston.

Devil Rays 5, Athletics 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Josh Phelps homered and had three RBIs, and Julio Lugo snapped a seventh inning tie with a run-scoring single for Tampa Bay.

Reliever Travis Harper (1-2) bailed the Devil Rays out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of seventh and got two outs in the eighth for the win. Danys Baez pitched the last 1 1-3 innings for his fifth save in eight opportunities.

Orioles 3, Mariners 2

BALTIMORE — Jay Gibbons homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and the Orioles rallied to spoil the return of former manager Mike Hargrove.

Melvin Mora had three hits and drove in a run for the Orioles, who stranded 13 runners but got the clutch hits they needed late in the game.

After Baltimore pulled even in the seventh inning, Gibbons hit a solo shot to center off J.J. Putz (1-1) to give the Orioles their first lead.

Todd Williams (4-3) worked a perfect eighth and B.J. Ryan got three outs for his 13th save.

On a night in which the Orioles activated Sammy Sosa from the 15-day disabled list, they lost catcher Javy Lopez, who broke a bone in his right hand.

Rangers 4, Royals 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Richard Hidalgo homered twice to back Ryan Drese, and the Rangers stretched their winning streak to four.

Drese (4-4), who had lost three of his previous four decisions, allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Kevin Mench's RBI double in the sixth against Runelvys Hernandez (2-6) broke a 2-2 tie. Hernandez gave up three runs and five hits in six innings for Kansas City.

Twins 6, Indians 3, 11 innings

CLEVELAND — Minnesota's Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of center fielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th inning.

Jesse Crain (4-0) pitched two innings, and Joe Nathan worked the 11th for his 13th save in 14 tries.

Sizemore and Jody Gerut homered for the Indians, who had their winning streak stopped at three.

Nick Punto opened the 11th with a double off David Riske (1-1), Shannon Stewart and Lew Ford walked, and Morneau hit a soft liner off Scott Sauerbeck to give the Twins their fifth win in seven games.

White Sox 2, Angels 1, 11 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tadahito Iguchi hit a run-scoring double in the 11th inning, and the White Sox matched the best start in franchise history.

Carl Everett homered to help Chicago improve to a major league-best 32-14, equaling starts by the 1951 and 1957 White Sox.

Damaso Marte (3-3) retired six straight for the win.

Joe Crede led off the 11th with a single against Esteban Yan (0-1), advanced on Juan Uribe's sacrifice and Scott Podsednik's groundout, then scored on Iguchi's double to left-center.

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