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Giambi too hot for Tamba Bay to handle

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi hit two homers and drove in four runs to lead Oakland to a 10-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Terrence Long and Miguel Tejada also homered for the Athletics, who scored 15 runs a day earlier against the Devil Rays, who have the majors' worst record (15-38).

Frank Menechino drove in three runs in his first two at-bats as Tampa Bay starter Paul Wilson (2-7) lasted just two innings.

Tim Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits over eight innings.

Giambi, who drove in eight runs in the three-game series, hit a three-run homer in the second and added a solo shot in the fourth to give him 13 on the season.

Royals 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kansas City shortstop Rey Sanchez had four hits to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games.

Blake Stein (2-4) earned his first win in 1 1/2 months, allowing two runs and three hits over five-plus innings.

The Royals trailed 1-0 in the fifth when Mike Sweeney, Jermaine Dye and Joe Randa had consecutive RBI-singles against Doug Davis (2-5).

Sanchez, who also had two singles, led off the eighth with a double. During his streak, the longest ever by a Kansas City shortstop and the longest current streak in the majors, Sanchez is batting .372 (29-for-78).

The Royals had 15 hits a day after they had 19 in an 11-2 win over the Rangers.

Mariners 2, Orioles 1

SEATTLE -- Aaron Sele became the American League's first eight-game winner and notched his 100th career victory as the Seattle Mariners won their eighth in a row, beating the Baltimore Orioles.

Sele gave up Cal Ripken Jr.'s third homer of the season, a 402-foot shot into the upper deck in left field in the seventh inning.

Sele (8-0) is off to the best start ever by a Mariners' pitcher.

Angels 5, Twins 4, 12 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the Anaheim Angels defeated the Minnesota Twins.

Hector Carrasco (2-2) issued a leadoff walk to Tim Salmon, who took third on a double by Garret Anderson.

Pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro was intentionally walked before the switch-hitting Spiezio, batting for DH Glenallen Hill, lofted a fly ball over the drawn-in outfield.

Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO -- Jason Varitek homered and hit a key two-run single as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Down 5-4, the Red Sox scored four times in the eighth inning. Varitek's single capped the burst.

Manny Ramirez ended a 0-for-14 slump with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, giving Boston a 4-1 lead.



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