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Bronx Bombers can't find win at Wrigley; A's drop two in Philadelphia

Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003

NEW YORK Jamie Moyer became the majors' first 10-game winner and the Seattle Mariners, with Ichiro Suzuki again leading the way, beat the New York Mets 7-0 Sunday to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Suzuki got four hits in the opener as the Mariners bolted to a 12-run lead and routed the Mets 13-1 behind a six-hitter from Freddy Garcia (6-6), his first complete game since May 19, 2002.

Moyer (10-2) blanked the Mets on two hits for seven innings, winning his seventh straight start. Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Jeff Nelson finished the three-hitter.

Mike Bacsik (0-1) lost in his first start this season.

Seattle set a team record for wins on a road trip, going 11-1 during stops in Kansas City, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Shea Stadium. The club's best swing ever was 10-0 in April 2002.

The Mariners improved to 17-0 in day games this season. They did it by outscoring the Mets 20-1 and outhitting them 31-9 on a cloudy afternoon.

The Mets, meanwhile, have played three doubleheaders this year and been swept each time, all at home Milwaukee did it last Thursday and Arizona on April 27.

In the opener, Seattle built an 8-0 lead against Al Leiter (6-3), who lasted only two innings.

Phillies 7, Athletics 1

Phillies 8, Athletics 3

PHILADELPHIA Jim Thome and Bobby Abreu each homered and drove in two runs as Philadelphia finished a doubleheader sweep of Oakland.

Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings in the opener and Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer to help the Phillies snap a four-game losing streak.

Despite waking up with flulike symptoms, Millwood (8-3) outpitched Mark Mulder (8-4) to end a personal two-game losing streak with his first win since May 23. The right-hander scattered six hits, struck out six and walked one.

Randy Wolf (7-3) also went seven innings in the nightcap as Philadelphia completed its longest homestand of the year with a 6-6 record, including two doubleheader sweeps. The Phillies swept the Expos on June 1.

Eric Chavez hit his 11th homer for the A's.

Philadelphia jumped on Aaron Harang (0-1) for four runs in the first. Thome hit a two-run shot, his 14th of the season, and Tomas Perez added a two-run double.

Cubs 8, Yankees 7

CHICAGO Sammy Sosa capped a tumultuous weekend with his 2,000th career hit, Mark Prior struck out 10 in six innings and Moises Alou and Ramon Martinez homered as the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the New York Yankees to take two of three in the teams' first meeting since the 1938 World Series.

Sosa, who drew an eight-game suspension Friday for using a corked bat, was allowed to play in the series because he appealed and his hearing is expected within the next couple of days. He hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to put the Cubs ahead 8-3.

Expos 3, Rangers 2

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Brad Wilkerson's second run-scoring double broke a tie in the eighth inning and helped Montreal send Texas to its ninth straight loss.

The powerful Rangers were held to two runs over their final 16 innings at cozy Hiram Bithorn Stadium and are on their longest skid since also dropping nine straight in June 2000. Carl Everett and Juan Gonzalez hit consecutive homers for Texas.

Michael Barrett broke an 0-for-19 stretch with a solo homer for the Expos, who finished their second Puerto Rican homestand with four straight wins.

The Expos went 10-6 in their first two trips to San Juan, with the final six games coming in September. They averaged 14,216 fans, up from 11,338 at Olympic Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez was out of Texas' starting lineup for the second straight game with a bruised left knee, but struck out as a pinch-hitter, ending the game. He extended his consecutive games streak to 447.

Angels 8, Marlins 5

MIAMI Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson hit run-scoring singles in a three-run fifth as Anaheim took advantage of an error by first baseman Derrek Lee to rally from a four-run deficit and beat Florida.

Ramon Ortiz (6-5) won his second straight start after going 0-3 in his previous five. Ben Weber, Brandon Donnelly and Troy Percival combined for three innings of hitless relief. Percival, who came off the disabled list Saturday, pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Brad Penny (4-4) gave up six runs four earned and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing this season. Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Marlins.

Red Sox 9, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE Kevin Millar homered twice and drove in four runs, backing a strong outing by Derek Lowe (6-3) as Boston beat Milwaukee.

Todd Walker added a two-run double for the Red Sox, who became the latest team to tee off against struggling lefty Glendon Rusch (1-9).

Astros 2, Devil Rays 1

HOUSTON Tim Redding combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Houston beat Tampa Bay and matched its longest winning streak of the season at seven games.

Redding (4-4) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one, retiring his final 18 batters. He has won three straight starts.

Octavio Dotel pitched the eighth and Billy Wagner finished with a one-hit ninth for his team-record 200th save, one more than Dave Smith's previous mark. It was Wagner's 19th save in 20 chances this season.

Houston's Geoff Blum drove in the go-ahead run.

Cardinals 11, Orioles 10

ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking grand slam and Jim Edmonds drove in three runs on two homers, powering St. Louis over Baltimore.

Rolen went 4-for-5, his fifth career four-hit game, as St. Louis finished with 18 hits. Edmonds had three hits, a walk and three runs scored.

The Cardinals, who have won six of seven overall, took two of three in the first series between the former city rivals. The St. Louis Browns left to become the Baltimore Orioles after the 1953 season.

Tony Batista homered and drove in four runs for the Orioles, who had 16 hits. Baltimore has lost five of six.

Cal Eldred got five outs for his seventh save.

Rockies 8, Royals 7

DENVER Chris Stynes drove in three runs, Larry Walker and Charles Johnson each had two RBIs and Colorado beat Kansas City to avoid a three-game sweep.

Scott Elarton (3-1) won his third consecutive start for the first time since Aug. 16-27, 2000. Elarton went five innings, allowing 11 hits and six runs.

Jose Jimenez worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.

Michael Tucker had a three-run homer and Aaron Guiel added a solo shot for the Royals, who swept Saturday's doubleheader.

Trailing 6-4, Colorado scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead. Rick DeHart (0-2) was the loser.

Blue Jays 5, Reds 0

CINCINNATI (AP) Kelvim Escobar pitched a four-hitter for his third career shutout and drove in a run with his first hit, leading Toronto to a rain-delayed victory over Cincinnati.

The Reds had an unannounced visitor hits king Pete Rose watched the first couple innings from a seat behind home plate but were shut out for the first time.

Escobar (3-3), who lost his job as the Blue Jays' closer last month, struck out a season-high seven and walked a batter.

He also had an RBI single during Toronto's four-run second inning off Jimmy Haynes (0-5).

White Sox 10, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer and Tony Graffanino had a two-run double during a five-run fifth inning that carried Chicago over Los Angeles.

Esteban Loaiza (9-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking none to improve to 5-0 on the road. His 2.06 ERA ranks second in the majors to St. Louis' Woody Williams (1.99).

The White Sox took two of three in their first series against the Dodgers that counted since Los Angeles won the 1959 World Series. Carlos Lee drove in Chicago's final three runs in the seventh with his 100th career homer.

Paul Lo Duca extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with an inside-the-park homer, and Shawn Green homered the conventional way for the Dodgers, 4-8 following a 10-game winning streak.

Odalis Perez (4-4) allowed seven runs six earned and eight hits in five innings.

Giants 7, Tigers 6

SAN FRANCISCO Pinch-hitter Edgardo Alfonzo had a tiebreaking double with two outs in the eighth inning as San Francisco rallied to complete a three-game sweep of Detroit.

The NL West-leading Giants wrapped up their season-long 12-game homestand with a 9-3 record, and now leave town for two weeks.

Detroit, which has the worst record in the majors at 16-44, built an early 5-1 lead but collapsed in the eighth with two key errors.

Rich Aurilia hit an RBI double to tie it at 6, and Alfonzo's double gave San Francisco its first lead of the game.

Diamondbacks 13, Indians 3

PHOENIX Robbie Hammock had four hits, including a pair of triples that tied a team record, to lead Arizona over Cleveland.

Chad Moeller had three hits, Hammock had three RBIs, and Alex Cintron and Junior Spivey each homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of six. Arizona had a season-high 18 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and scored its most runs since getting 17 against Colorado last Sept. 28.

Brandon Webb (3-1), activated from the disabled list before the game, allowed five hits in seven innings and got his first career hit.

Padres 9, Twins 4

SAN DIEGO Mark Loretta had four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning, as San Diego rallied past Minnesota.

Ryan Klesko and Brian Buchanan each added a two-run homer to complete a six-run outburst in the eighth against LaTroy Hawkins (4-1) and Mike Nakamura.

The comeback ended a string of late-inning failures for San Diego's Brian Lawrence (4-7), who lost the lead in the ninth inning in each of his previous two starts. He left after eight innings this time, trailing 4-3 after allowing a tiebreaking homer by Torii Hunter in the eighth.

Braves 6, Pirates 5

ATLANTA Javy Lopez hit two of Atlanta's four home runs giving him four in two days and the Braves beat Pittsburgh in the only NL game of the day.

Andruw Jones and Rafael Furcal also homered for Atlanta, which leads the majors with 98. The Braves have won five straight and matched the best 61-game start in franchise history at 42-19.

Lopez connected off Josh Fogg (2-3) to lead off the fifth, and Furcal hit one later in the inning to tie it at 2. After the Pirates scored twice in the sixth, the Braves took the lead for good on two-run homers by Jones and Lopez in the sixth.

Lopez had his fourth multihomer game of the season, and the 16th of his career. He already has 18 homers this year after hitting only 11 in 2002.

Trey Hodges (3-0) pitched two innings of one-hit ball in relief of Russ Ortiz, and John Smoltz came on in the ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.

Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games for the Pirates, who have lost five of six.



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