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Rookie belts homer as Seattle tops Rays

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Snelling hit his first major league home run to back Freddy Garcia and help the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Wednesday night.

Snelling hit a two-run homer off Tanyon Sturtze (0-6), wiping out a 2-0 deficit in the fifth inning.

Ben Davis and Ichiro Suzuki added RBI singles in the seventh. Suzuki drove in another run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Brian Daubach hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

Lou Merloni hit the tying homer in the seventh for the Red Sox, who are 20-4 on the road, the best start away from home in the majors since Detroit had the same mark in 1984.

Raul Mondesi and Vernon Wells homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost six straight and eight of nine to fall to 16 games below .500 (17-33) for the first time since Sept. 23, 1996.

The Blue Jays concluded an 0-6 homestand for the fifth time in team history.

Orioles 10, Athletics 5

BALTIMORE -- Jeff Conine hit two homers and drove in five runs as Baltimore ended Oakland's four-game winning streak.

The game featured seven home runs, six coming in two half-innings. Scott Hatteberg, Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez connected in the Oakland third before Conine, Tony Batista and Marty Cordova answered in the bottom of the fourth.

Conine's second homer capped a five-run sixth that gave the Orioles a 10-5 lead. After Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs against Mike Fyhrie (2-4), Chad Bradford retired Melvin Mora before .130 hitter Brian Roberts chipped an opposite-field RBI single to left.

Chris Singleton followed with a sacrifice fly before Conine homered.

Angels 12, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon each hit three-run homers to lift Anaheim over Kansas City.

The Angels broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run fifth inning, capped by Glaus' homer. They followed it up with a four-run sixth, including Salmon's homer.

The Angels stole six bases, a season high, in stopping the Royals' four-game winning streak.

Tigers 9, Indians 5

CLEVELAND -- Damian Jackson's three-run double highlighted Detroit's eight-run seventh inning just before thunderstorms arrived.

Trailing 5-1, the Tigers got seven hits -- a homer, three doubles and three singles -- two walks and a sacrifice fly off reliever David Riske (0-2) and two other pitchers in the seventh.

Jacob Cruz homered and Robert Fick doubled twice in Detroit's biggest inning this season, shortly before severe thunderstorms lit up and shook Jacobs Field and caused a 1-hour, 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the eighth.

Yankees 6, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Jason Giambi's second homer, the 201st of his career, capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning off Keith Foulke as New York beat Chicago.

The Yankees won their fifth in a row and completed their first three-game sweep in Chicago since May 1986.

The night was billed as a pitching matchup between Roger Clemens and Mark Buehrle, who was trying for his AL-leading ninth win. They lived up to it, as Clemens recorded the 100th double-digit strikeout game of his career and Buehrle came within two outs of the victory.

Rangers 9, Twins 8

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Todd Greene hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Texas snapped a five-game losing streak.

Rafael Palmeiro led off the ninth against J.C. Romero (3-1) with a single and Juan Gonzalez also singled.

After Carl Everett was given an intentional walk to load the bases with no outs, Greene followed with a line drive down the left-field line that scored pinch-runner Calvin Murray.

Romero hadn't allowed a run in his previous 14 appearances and he had allowed just one run in 29 1-3 innings (0.31 ERA) this season. He was the sixth Minnesota pitcher.

Hideki Irabu (2-3), the sixth Texas pitcher, pitched a scoreless ninth.



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