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Cleveland slugs its way past Detroit

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

CLEVELAND -- Ellis Burks and Jim Thome each homered twice and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 Thursday.

It was the 20th career two-homer game for Burks and Thome, who hit the Indians' first back-to-back homers of the season in the second inning.

Mariners 5, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- Jeff Cirillo doubled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners blew a four-run lead before bouncing back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4.

Seattle built a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Scott Erickson, but Baltimore used home runs by Jeff Conine and Brook Fordyce to draw even.

Devil Rays 4, Athletics 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Greg Vaughn hit a game-winning double in the 13th inning as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Oakland 4-3, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Athletics.

Russ Johnson doubled off Chad Bradford (1-1) to lead off the 13th. Vaughn -- who came into the game hitting .120, lowest among major-league regulars -- followed with his second run-scoring hit of the game.

Twins 7, Angels 6

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cristian Guzman, who tied the game in the eighth, drove in the winning run in the 10th with a sacrifice fly, giving the Minnesota Twins a 7-6 win over the Anaheim Angels on Thursday night after they wasted a chance to win it in the ninth.

Guzman had two hits and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games for the Twins, who are an AL-best 18-7 at home.

National League

Reds 4, Marlins 1

MIAMI -- Barry Larkin and Adam Dunn homered Thursday night to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Florida Marlins, completing a three-game series sweep.

Cincinnati's first two runs scored when right fielder Eric Owens dropped Larkin's bases-loaded fly in the second inning. Larkin added his third homer in the seventh, and Dunn hit his 11th homer in the ninth.

Braves 5, Expos 2

ATLANTA -- Jason Marquis allowed only four hits in seven innings and Chipper Jones had three hits in his return to the Atlanta lineup, leading the Braves past the Montreal Expos.

Marquis (4-3) won for the third time in four starts since coming off the disabled list. Carl Pavano (3-6) lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions.

Diamondbacks 1, Giants 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Luis Gonzalez's home run into McCovey Cove sent Rick Helling and the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Gonzalez homered in the fourth inning, and that was enough to give the Diamondbacks a split of the four-game series between NL West rivals.

Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 13th save, and got big help from his defense.

Cubs 9, Pirates 8

PITTSBURGH -- Mark Bellhorn hit his first grand slam and Alex Gonzalez followed with a solo shot in a five-run Chicago third inning as the Cubs opened a seven-run lead, then held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Chris Stynes added a two-run homer as the Cubs won their eighth in 12 games.

Rockies 4, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- Greg Norton hit a grand slam in the first inning and Denny Neagle won for the first time in five starts as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres.

Neagle (4-2) allowed two hits and one run in five innings. He struck out six and walked five.

Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances, allowing an unearned run.

Norton homered into the right field seats on the first pitch he saw from Bobby Jones, a 68-mph hanging curveball with one out in the first.

Jones (3-3) was activated from the disabled list before the game.



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