Mariners' sizzling start matches 1953 Yankees

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

SEATTLE -- Seattle won its franchise-record 11th straight game, getting a home run and three RBIs from Bret Boone in an 8-4 victory over the Devil Rays.

The Mariners (43-12) are off to the best start in baseball since the 1953 New York Yankees also won 43 of 55 games. Only the 1912 New York Giants and 1939 Yankees -- at 44-11 -- have started better than Seattle has in 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki opened the bottom of the third with a single off Tanyon Sturtze (2-5), stole second, and scored on Boone's 11th homer of the season as the Mariners took a 2-0 lead.

Boone added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, giving him 57 RBIs on the year.

Freddy Garcia (6-0) allowed four runs over 7 1-3 innings.

Kazuhiro Sasaki came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth. He got Greg Vaughn on a foul popup for his major league-leading 23rd save.

Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. He leads the AL with 20 steals.

Indians 4, Yankees 3

NEW YORK -- Charles Nagy provided a boost to Cleveland's pitching staff, throwing seven impressive innings in his 2001 debut to lead the Indians over the New York Yankees Sunday.

Roberto Alomar homered in the first inning off Andy Pettitte (6-4) and hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Cleveland's Einar Diaz added a two-run single in the ninth off reliever Carlos Almanzar.

With Chuck Finley already on the disabled list and ace Bartolo Colon reporting pain in his right elbow, the Indians needed Nagy (1-0) to deliver.

He did just that, holding the Yankees to only one hit -- Derek Jeter's home run -- through five innings.

Pitching aggressively rather than gingerly, and showing no ill effects from right elbow surgery that wrecked most of last year, Nagy looked exactly like the pitcher who won at least 15 games each season from 1995-99.

Nagy, activated from the disabled list Friday, gave up one run and allowed four hits and walked three.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Manny Ramirez hit the longest home run in SkyDome history to lead Boston to its fifth straight victory.

Ramirez hit his 18th homer into the fifth deck in left field. The 491-foot shot landed on a tarp and bounced up toward a hotel room window that looks down on the stadium.

Dante Bichette followed with a homer off Toronto starter Chris Carpenter (5-3).

The Red Sox swept the four-game series.

Hipolito Pichardo (1-0) pitched an inning for the win. Derek Lowe pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five straight.

White Sox 9, Tigers 6

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Chicago overcame a six-run deficit en route to its fourth consecutive victory.

Detroit built a 6-0 lead and its starter, knuckleballer Steve Sparks, held Chicago hitless into the sixth inning. But the White Sox rallied with four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.

With two outs in the 10th, Herbert Perry lifted a single to right, chasing Detroit reliever Todd Jones (2-4). Matt Anderson was brought in to face Ray Durham and promptly balked Perry to second. Durham then was walked intentionally.

Konerko worked the count to 2-0 before hitting his ninth homer.

Twins 6, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jason Maxwell had the third three-hit game of his career -- all against Texas -- and drove in two runs as part of Minnesota's 15-hit attack.

Eric Milton (6-3) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings to win for the first time in four starts.

After Texas took the lead on Gabe Kapler's RBI double in the first, the Twins went ahead in the second on RBI singles by Maxwell, Tom Prince and Cristian Guzman off Rick Helling (3-7).

Angels 7, Royals 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Salmon hit two of Anaheim's four home runs as the Angels completed a three-game sweep.

Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson also homered for the Angels, who matched their season high in homers. It was Anaheim's first sweep of Kansas City in a series of three or more games since June 1996, and first at home since June 1992.

Ramon Ortiz (4-4) won for the first time since April 28. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in 7 2-3 innings.

Rookie David Eckstein led off third inning for Anaheim with a double off Mac Suzuki (2-4), took third on a bunt single past the mound by Darin Erstad, and scored on Glaus' sacrifice fly to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.

Athletics 5, Orioles 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cory Lidle finally got his first victory with the Athletics, allowing seven hits over seven innings.

Ramon Hernandez homered and drove in two runs for the A's, who averted a series sweep. Olmedo Saenz also homered for Oakland.

Lidle (1-4), winless in his first nine starts with Oakland, pitched a strong game on the same day his teammates gave him enough offensive support for a victory. He struck out five.

Lidle lost his shutout bid on Chris Richard's one-out homer in the sixth inning, but he allowed just one more hit.

Willis Roberts (5-5), who lost for the fifth time in his last six starts, walked two batters with the bases loaded in the fourth. He allowed five hits while failing to get out of the fourth inning for just the second time this season.

Jason Giambi went 2-for-4 with a double.

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