Williams' four-RBI night paces Yankees

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2000

MONTREAL -- Bernie Williams homered and drove in four runs, and emergency starter Jason Grimsley pitched five strong innings to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday night, ending the Expos' season-high six-game winning streak.

Williams hit a solo homer off Javier Vazquez (6-2) in the second and hit a three-run double during a six-run eighth to the delight of numerous Yankees fans 24,453 in attendance, the Expos' second-largest home crowd of the season.

Red Sox 4, Marlins 3

MIAMI -- Ramon Martinez beat Florida for the eighth time in nine career decisions and Nomar Garciaparra had three RBIs to lead Boston.

Martinez (5-3) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He has a 2.45 career ERA against the Marlins. Derek Lowe, Boston's sixth pitcher, got three outs for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Tigers 2, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH -- Deivi Cruz homered and Juan Gonzalez had an RBI single as Detroit beat Pittsburgh.

Willie Blair and four relievers held the Pirates to one run on 11 hits. They stranded 12 Pirates baserunners.

Indians 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- David Justice hit his 250th home run and Chuck Finley pitched a seven-hitter as Cleveland won its fourth straight.

Twins 3, Astros 1

HOUSTON -- Jose Lima took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, then lost his eighth consecutive decision as Minnesota rallied with a three-run eighth.

Lima (1-8) hasn't won since beating Pittsburgh on April 5 in his first start of the season. He didn't allow a home run for only the third time in 12 starts, but that wasn't enough.

Cardinals 5, Royals 4

ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew homered twice and Larry Sutton, called up earlier in the day, hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly as St. Louis rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Kansas City.

Devil Rays 5, Phillies 3, 10 innings

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike DiFelice hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 10th inning to lead Tampa Bay to its first three-game winning streak of the season.

White Sox 17, Reds 12

CINCINNATI -- Frank Thomas' three-run homer off Ron Villone (6-3) completed an early outburst that swept Chicago to the win.

Braves 7, Blue Jays 6

ATLANTA -- Rafael Furcal drove in the winning run with a one-out double in the ninth inning as Atlanta rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Toronto.

The game dragged on for 3 hours, 44 minutes on an unseasonably cool night. There were 18 walks -- 10 by the Blue Jays, including two with the bases-loaded, and eight by the Braves.

Dodgers 7, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie Eric Gagne pitched six shutout innings and Texas had a two-run homer by Scarborough Green taken off the board.

Gagne (1-3) allowed five hits in six-plus innings for his second major league victory. He walked three and struck out seven, including the side in the sixth.

Mariners 4, Rockies 1

SEATTLE -- Brett Tomko pitched five strong innings and John Olerud drove in two runs as Seattle beat Colorado.

Tomko (4-2) gave up one run, five hits, struck out four and walked two to improve to 8-0 in interleague play. The Mariners' fifth starter is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts at Safeco Field. Tomko's overall ERA is 5.24.

Athletics 5, Padres 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Matt Stairs hit a grand slam in the first inning off Rodrigo Lopez (0-2), and Gil Heredia pitched into the eighth as Oakland beat San Diego.

Heredia (8-3) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in seven-plus innings to win his third straight decision.

Angels 6, Giants 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mo Vaughn's single capped a ninth-inning comeback as Anaheim overcame Barry Bonds' major league-leading 25th homer to beat San Francisco.

Marvin Benard's RBI double off Troy Percival (4-2) gave the Giants a 5-4 lead in the ninth, but Robb Nen (0-2) blew a save for the fourth time in 12 tries and second time in two nights.


Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 1

CHICAGO -- Kevin Tapani pitched so well Tuesday night, he's going to get a day off.

Tapani took a shutout into the ninth inning and led the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their fourth straight game.

''He's a guy I can count on, who I can go to,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said. ''There was never a doubt that he was going to finish the game.''

Tapani (4-6) pitched a five-hitter, allowing a solo homer to Craig Counsell with one out in the ninth inning.

It was Tapani's second complete game this season. He also went the distance April 18 in a 4-3 loss to Montreal -- his first complete game victory the Cubs beat Florida 8-1 on May 17, 1999.

Tapani threw 109 pitches and will be pushed back in the rotation from Sunday to next Tuesday. He was bothered by back problems at the end of last season and Baylor said the extra rest is precautionary.

''I've been throwing quite a few innings. An extra day won't hurt,'' said Tapani.

, who has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last eight starts and 10 of his last 11 outings.

Tapani's last shutout was May 20, 1998, in a 5-0 win against Los Angeles.

''It is a bonus if it would've happened,'' Tapani said. ''To win the game and be able to finish is pretty good. I keep going out there. Maybe one of these times, I'll get it.''

Tapani retired the first nine batters he faced before Tony Womack singled to lead off the fourth. Damian Miller reached on an infield single in the sixth and as did Counsell leading off the seventh. Turner Ward also doubled with one out in the eighth.

Tapani struck out seven -- including Luis Gonzalez three times -- and did not walk a batter.

''He pitched good and he got the calls,'' Gonzalez said. ''Tip your hat and move on.''

''There was not much margin for error,'' Arizona manager Buck Showalter said. ''With the way he's pitching, he didn't need any help (from the umpires).''

Gonzalez did argue a called third strike in the seventh with plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Showalter stepped between the two, then exchanged words with the umpire before leaving.

Rookie Augie Ojeda hit an RBI triple to spark a three-run fifth off Armando Reynoso (4-5). The Diamondbacks have lost four straight for the first time since last June 20-23.

Reynoso lost for the second time in his last seven starts, giving up three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out a season-high seven.

''I didn't throw well in (the fifth inning),'' Reynoso said. ''I started by walking (Damon) Buford and then the pitch to the shortstop got too much of home plate.''

Buford walked to lead off the Cubs fifth and the shortstop -- Ojeda -- tripled into the right-field corner to make it 1-0. One out later, Eric Young was hit in the left shoulder by a pitch and Joe Girardi singled to score Ojeda and make it 2-0. Mark Grace then singled to drive in Young.

Ojeda has developed a following in his brief callup and said he's surprised by the crowd chanting ''Augie, Augie'' during his at-bats.

''It's my name or my size -- I have no idea why,'' said Ojeda, who is listed in the Cubs media guide at 5-foot-9. ''Hopefully, I won't get spoiled. Now I come expecting to play and can prepare myself better.''

With one out in the Cubs' seventh, Young walked, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch by Russ Springer and scored on Girardi's double to make it 4-0.

Notes: This season marks the 13th year of night baseball at Wrigley Field. Tuesday's victory gave the Cubs 100 night Wrigley Field wins. ... Ojeda, called up May 31 from Triple-A Iowa, started his third straight game at short. The Cubs' other shortstops, Ricky Gutierrez (separated shoulder) and Jose Nieves (strained hamstring), are on the disabled list. ... Arizona broadcaster Rod Allen's son Rod Allen Jr. was drafted by Cincinnati in the 34th round of the draft.

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