Rookie hurler keeps Yankees in check

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

NEW YORK -- Rookie Travis Driskill held baseball's most powerful team in check, and Tony Batista hit his 14th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday night.

Driskill (3-0) spent nine seasons in the minor leagues and Japan before making his major league debut as a 30-year-old in April.

David Wells (6-3) Wells gave up four runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Red Sox 11, Tigers 0

DETROIT -- Derek Lowe became the American League's first nine-game winner, allowing two hits in six innings as the Tigers lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon and Carlos Baerga each drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who improved to 24-6 on the road.

Lowe (9-2) left after six innings, allowing two infield singles and a walk, striking out two. Lowe has now gone 104 innings without allowing a homer.

Mariners 5, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jamie Moyer (5-2) pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and Ruben Sierra had three hits to lead Seattle over Oakland.

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the seventh inning, and Dan Wilson added two hits and an RBI for AL West-leading Seattle, which won for only the seventh time in 16 games.

Indians 6, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ellis Burks and Jim Thome backed C.C. Sabathia with consecutive first-inning home runs Wednesday night, helping the Cleveland Indians recover from their worst defeat ever.

Thome hit his 300th career homer for Cleveland, a night after a 23-2 loss to the Twins tied the largest losing margin in team history.

Minnesota scored twice in the ninth on Bobby Kielty's homer off Bob Wickman and pinch-hitter David Ortiz's RBI single off Ricardo Rincon.

Devil Rays 8, Blue Jays 6

TORONTO -- Wilson Alvarez won for the first time in almost three years, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended a five-game losing streak.

Carlos Delgado hit his 14th homer for the Blue Jays, who had won five straight and lost for the first time in three games under new manager Carlos Tosca.

Randy Winn went 4-for-6 with two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who roughed up Esteban Loaiza (3-2) and finished with 16 hits. Winn's four hits matched a career high and club record.

White Sox 6, Royals 1

CHICAGO -- Gary Glover pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Kenny Lofton hit a bases-loaded triple to lead Chicago.

Glover (2-1) allowed one run, walked one and struck out five. He had not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his previous five starts.

Jeff Suppan (5-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Angels 7, Rangers 5, 10 inn.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and Anaheim stung Hideki Irabu (2-5) for three late shots to beat Texas.

Juan Gonzalez hit his 400th career home run, and Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 20th of the season, but the Rangers could not overcome Irabu's latest trouble.

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