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Tigers pound out 27 hits vs. Royals

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Detroit Tigers smacked 27 hits to tie a team record, with Carlos Pena going 6-for-6 with two home runs in a 17-7 rout over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

Pena matched the club mark for hits in a game, sharing the accomplishment with Ty Cobb and two others. The Tigers last got 27 hits on Sept. 29, 1928, against the New York Yankees.

Detroit also clubbed eight doubles in easily setting the major league high for hits this season, eclipsing the 23 the White Sox got against Minnesota on May 23.

The Tigers had the most hits in the majors since Boston got 28 in a 25-8 rout of Florida at Fenway Park last June 27.

Devil Rays 5, Twins 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rocco Baldelli hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and reliever John Halama threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Minnesota Twins.

Baldelli's first homer since May 2 overcame a 4-2 deficit in the fourth, and Tampa Bay went on to win for the sixth time in seven games. His drive hit a catwalk support pole approximately 125 feet above the field.

Athletics 15, Red Sox 2

BOSTON Eric Chavez and Scott Hatteberg homered to lead Oakland's best offensive game of the season.

Mark Mulder (6-2) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, issuing a career-high seven walks.

Boston's winning streak ended at five games after it allowed a season-high 17 hits and its most runs since a 15-9 loss to Tampa Bay on July 24.

Blue Jays 3, Angels 2

TORONTO Roy Halladay (5-4) took a three-hit shutout into the ninth, and Toronto completed a three-game sweep.

Jarrod Washburn (7-2) lost for the first time in eight starts since April 12, allowing all three runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings.

Indians 9, Mariners 5

CLEVELAND Jake Westbrook (4-2) managed to make it through five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits as the Indians ended their season-high losing streak at seven.

Rick White, Cliff Bartosh, Rafael Betancourt and Jose Jimenez combined to hold the Mariners to one run and one hit.

Yankees 18, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE Alex Rodriguez homered and Hideki Matsui had two hits during an eight-run fifth as New York had a season-high 21 hits and completed a three-game sweep.

Enrique Wilson homered and drove in four runs, and Tony Clark also had four RBIs for the Yankees, who outscored the Orioles 41-17 in the series.

Derek Jeter, who came to Baltimore batting .190, added 21 points by going 7-for-15.



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