Twins hit five dingers to beat Devil Rays

Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS Corey Koskie hit two of Minnesota's five home runs to lead the Twins over the error-prone Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16-4 on Tuesday night.

Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones also homered and Carlos Silva (6-3) pitched seven strong innings for Minnesota, which scored a season-high 16 runs to win for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who had a season-high four errors, along with three wild pitches and eight walks.

Royals 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT Mike Sweeney hit a go-ahead single in the ninth for Kansas City.

With the score 3-all, pinch-hitter Desi Relaford singled off Esteban Yan and moved to second on an error by Yan (0-1), who threw wildly to first after catching Tony Graffanino's popup on a bunt attempt.

Sweeney singled up the middle, Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked and Ken Harvey singled for his third hit of the game.

Yankees 8, Orioles 7

NEW YORK Derek Jeter hit two solo homers, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada added two-run shots and the Yankees beat Baltimore again.

Coming off last week's three-game sweep in which they outscored Baltimore 41-17 at Camden Yards, New York backed Mike Mussina (6-4) in his fifth straight victory.

Rangers 6, Indians 5, 12 inn.

CLEVELAND Rod Barajas hit his second homer of the game with one out in the 12th inning, and Texas ended the Indians' four-game winning streak.

Barajas, who also homered in the third, drove a 1-1 pitch from Rick White (2-1) into the Indians' center-field bullpen for his seventh homer.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th and Francisco Cordero worked a perfect 12th for his 17th save in 17 tries. He tied John Wetteland (1999) and Jeff Zimmerman (2002) for the club record for consecutive saves.

Angels 7, Red Sox 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning.

Guerrero's double into the gap in left-center came against Bronson Arroyo (2-3) and snapped a 4-all tie.

David Eckstein gave the Angels a three-run pad by singling home a run in the seventh. He went 3-for-5 and had two RBIs, including driving in the tying run during Anaheim's three-run sixth.

Blue Jays 6, Mariners 5

SEATTLE Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help Toronto win without Roy Halladay.

The AL Cy Young Award winner, was scratched because he experienced soreness in his right shoulder when playing catch before the game. The Blue Jays hope he can start Sunday in Oakland.

Athletics 6, White Sox 4, 12 inn.

OAKLAND, Calif. Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning.

Erubiel Durazo led off the inning with a sharp single to right before Kielty hit a 3-2 pitch off Neal Cotts (0-3) that just cleared the left-field fence.

Justin Duchscherer (3-1) went three innings, striking out three and walking two to earn the victory.

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