Homer happy Yanks rip Orioles

Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2002

NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer during New York's eight-run sixth inning and the Yankees hit four home runs in a 13-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Giambi hit a two-run double in the first and added his 16th home run in the sixth. Alfonso Soriano, Robin Ventura and Rondell White also homered for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 96 homers in 59 games.

With the Orioles leading 5-4, the Yankees broke the game open in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Derek Jeter hit a two-run single to knock out Scott Erickson (3-6).

Red Sox 10, Tigers 5

DETROIT -- Johnny Damon and Shea Hillenbrand had four hits each, and Carlos Baerga drove in four runs as Boston beat Detroit to improve to 23-6 on the road.

Damon doubled twice and hit his fourth home run in going 4-for-5 after going 3-for-4 Monday night. He also scored four runs, while Baerga had a RBI single and a three-run double.

John Burkett allowed four runs in the first two innings, but settled down to match teammate Pedro Martinez at 7-0 on the season. Burkett allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings, striking out three.

Blue Jays 3, Devil Rays 1

TORONTO -- Eric Hinske homered twice, and fellow rookie Justin Miller pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as Toronto won their season-high fifth straight with a victory over Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jays won their second in a row under new manager Carlos Tosca. Buck Martinez was fired Monday after Toronto swept Detroit last weekend.

Hinske gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the fifth with a home run off Paul Wilson (2-4), who pitched the first complete game of his career. Hinske's 11th homer in the eighth made it 3-1.

Twins 23, Indians 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Luis Rivas went 4-for-6 with five runs scored and five RBIs in his first game off the disabled list as Minnesota routed Cleveland for their most lopsided win in history.

Jacque Jones had four hits and five RBIs, Dustan Mohr was 4-for-6 with a two-run homer and A.J. Pierzynski also was 4-for-6 for the Twins, who set a franchise record with 25 hits and missed their runs record by one.

The Indians allowed more than 20 runs for the second time this season and matched the most lopsided loss in history.

Rick Reed (6-2) gave up three hits, two of them home runs by Jim Thome, in seven innings as the Twins improved to a baseball-best 20-9 at home.

Royals 3, White Sox 2

CHICAGO -- Miguel Asencio got his first major league win as Kansas City handed Chicago its eighth loss in nine games.

Asencio (1-0), making his third career start, pitched 6 1-3 innings. He allowed one run and four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Mark Buehrle had his second opportunity to become the first nine-game winner in the AL, but was not helped by a struggling White Sox offense. In Buehrle's last two starts the White Sox have combined for five runs.

Angels 3, Rangers 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Schoeneweis pitched four-hit ball into the ninth inning as Anaheim beat Texas.

Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon had RBI doubles to support Schoeneweis (4-4), who came within one out of his second career shutout.

The Rangers, who weren't shut out until the 161st game last season, have already been blanked three times this year -- all in the last 28 games.

National League

Cardinals 8, Reds 5

CINCINNATI -- Fernando Vina had three hits and Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, extending the St. Louis Cardinals' dominance over the Cincinnati Reds with an 8-5 victory.

The Cardinals have won 18 of their last 24 games, putting the pressure on first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central. The Reds have led the division since April 16, but their five-game cushion is down to one.

Jason Simontacchi (4-0) was sharp despite an eight-day layoff, giving up one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Aaron Boone hit a three-run homer off Mike Matthews in the eighth.

Ken Griffey Jr. singled in five at-bats, leaving him 4-for-28 since returning from a torn knee tendon.

Marlins 5, Phillies 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Beckett lasted only three innings because of another blister, but five Florida relievers finished a four-hitter.

Beckett allowed one hit, struck out five and walked two before coming out with a blister on his middle finger. The 22-year-old right-hander spent two weeks on the disabled list last month because of a blister, and has already had four this season.

Pirates 5, Expos 2

MONTREAL -- Chad Hermansen hit a leadoff home run against Carl Pavano (3-7), and Rob Mackowiak homered twice for Pittsburgh.

Jimmy Anderson (5-7), who gave up 11 earned runs over 8 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, allowed five hits and one run in 6 1-3 innings.

Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19 opportunities.

Giants 3, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer off Bobby Jones (3-4) in the first inning, and San Francisco extended San Diego's losing streak to a season-high six games.

It was the fourth homer in two nights by the Giants, although the Padres once again kept Barry Bonds in the ballpark. Bonds was aboard for Kent's homer after drawing the first of two walks. He leads the majors with 67 walks.

Brewers 6, Cubs 5

MILWAUKEE -- Alex Sanchez atoned for his ninth-inning baserunning blunder with an RBI single in the 11th off Jeff Fassero (1-4) as Milwaukee won its season-high fifth straight.

Luis Vizcaino (4-1) pitched two perfect innings for the victory, Milwaukee's seventh in eight games against the Cubs this season.

Dodgers 10, Rockies 4

DENVER -- Eric Karros snapped a tie with a two-run single off Todd Jones (0-1), and Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning for the second game in a row as Los Angeles won its fourth straight.

Jesse Orosco (1-1) got the victory. The Dodgers have won 10 of 13 overall and seven of eight against Colorado this year.

Colorado has lost three straight for the first time since being swept by Philadelphia from May 3-5. Todd Hollandsworth had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth inning off Giovanni Carrara that tied it at 4.

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