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Rangers open interleague play with win

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Monday night in the first interleague game of the season.

Blalock's looper to center, on a full-count pitch from Mike Johnston (0-3), dropped in front of charging outfielder Tike Redman to score Laynce Nix.

Francisco Cordero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Pittsburgh, with manager Lloyd McClendon back after a two-game suspension, lost for the eighth time in nine games and dropped to 0-4 against Texas.

Athletics 13, Reds 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder (7-2) stalled Ken Griffey Jr.'s run for 500 homers on a night when Oakland delivered most of the longballs, getting a grand slam from Scott Hatteberg. Griffey went 1-for-3 and remained stuck at 498 home runs.

Mulder allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Mark Kotsay, Erubiel Durazo and Damian Miller also homered for the A's, who improved to 13-0 against the NL Central. The A's have won six of seven overall.

Cory Lidle (4-5) gave up nine runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Mariners 5, Astros 0

SEATTLE Clint Nageotte (1-1) pitched six shutout innings in his first major league start, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Julio Mateo finished for his first save.

Scott Spiezio had a solo homer, two singles and two RBIs as the Mariners scored three runs off Brandon Duckworth (1-1) in only one-third of an inning, the shortest outing of his career. Seattle had 11 hits and won its third straight.

Houston's Jeff Kent singled in the fifth, extending his career-high hitting streak to 22 games.

National League

DENVER Pedro Feliz homered twice and Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run homer that staked San Francisco to a five-run lead in the first inning of the Giants' 10-5 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Pinch-hitter Damon Minor singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning. The Giants won three of four and sent Colorado to its fifth series loss at Coors Field this season.

Feliz hit a solo homer in the eighth and a two-run homer in the ninth for his 10th and 11th homers of the year. He had his third career multihomer game and second of the year.

It was Denver's hottest June 7 ever breaking a 130-year-old record. The temperature at first pitch was 93 degrees, but it quickly climbed to 98.

Barry Bonds didn't start for the Giants, though he drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Jim Brower (3-3) pitched the sixth as four Giants relievers combined for four hitless innings. Minor, batting for Cody Ransom, singled with two outs off Steve Reed (0-1).

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3

CHICAGO Scott Rolen made up for the absence of injured Albert Pujols with a three-run homer, and Chris Carpenter (7-1) tied his career-best with his sixth straight win, giving up three runs and nine hits in 8 1-3 innings.

Reggie Sanders also homered for the Cardinals, who have won 10 of 12. Jason Isringhausen got the final out for his 13th save.

Corey Patterson and Glendon Rusch (2-1) homered for the Cubs. Rusch gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings as Chicago lost for the ninth time in 13 games.



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