Pirates come from seven runs down to defeat Minnesota

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Giles singled to open a seven-run eighth inning and capped the rally with a two-run triple, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 11-8 Sunday.

Minnesota took an 8-1 lead after the second inning and was ahead 8-4 in the eighth.

John Vander Wal hit an RBI grounder off Bob Wells, Travis Miller (0-2) walked Keith Osik with the bases loaded, Abraham Nunez had a two-run single off Jack Cressend, Jason Kendall had a go-ahead infield single and Giles tripled.

Rookie reliever David Williams threw 4 1-3 perfect innings, Scott Sauerbeck (1-2) pitched a scoreless seventh and Mike Williams threw two scoreless innings for his 11th save as Pittsburgh stopped a four-game losing streak.

White Sox 3, Cubs 1

CHICAGO -- Chris Singleton hit a solo homer as the White Sox won for the 13th time in 16 games, taking two of three in the Crosstown Series.

Kip Wells (3-2) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, allowing a solo homer to Rondell White, and Bob Howry pitched the ninth for his third save.

Jon Lieber (6-4) lost for the first time since May 18, giving up three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in eight innings.

Reds 9, Indians 3

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Chris Reitsma (3-5), backed by a 9-0 lead, allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings to get his first win in 10 starts since April 14.

Sean Casey and Pokey Reese drove in two runs apiece, and Michael Tucker had three hits as the Reds beat Jaret Wright (2-1) and won two of three in Ohio's interleague series.

Jim Thome hit his 10th homer in 15 games and former Reds catcher Eddie Taubensee had a solo shot for the Indians.

Red Sox 5, Phillies 4

BOSTON -- Dante Bichette, taking over as cleanup hitter because Manny Ramirez was sick, went 3-for-4 with a home run.

Philadelphia led 3-1 in the eighth before Carl Everett homered off Robert Person, Troy O'Leary hit a tying double off former-Boston pitcher Rheal Cormier (3-1) and Troy O'Leary added another RBI double. Trot Nixon added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Hideo Nomo (6-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out seven, and Derek Lowe got three outs for his eighth save.

Marlins 7, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO -- Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run double and Derek Lee had a two-run triple for the Marlins, whose 41-28 interleague record is the second-best behind Cleveland's 42-28.

Brad Penny (5-1) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings as Florida improved to 11-4 against Toronto. Esteban Loaiza (5-6) gave up seven runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Brewers 8, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Jeromy Burnitz drove in five runs with two homers, and Jamey Wright (5-4) allowed three runs -- two earned -- four hits and four walks in five innings. He had been on the 15-day DL since May 21 with a sprained muscle.

Burnitz hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run shot in the fifth as the Brewers avoided a sweep in their first visit to Comerica Park.

Chris Holt (4-5) gave up eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings, dropping to 1-3 in his last seven starts.

Orioles 3, Expos 2

BALTIMORE -- Jason Johnson (6-3) came without an out of his first complete game in the majors, taking a four-hitter into the ninth inning.

But an error by second baseman Jerry Hairston and successive two-out singles by Geoff Blum and Michael Barrett produced a run and chased the right-hander. Buddy Groom came in and earned his second save by retiring pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai on a flyout with runners at the corners.

Javier Vazquez (5-7) pitched a six-hitter, allowing two-out RBI singles by Hairston and Brady Anderson in the second inning, and by Cal Ripken in the sixth.

Mets 10, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Appier (4-5) allowed four hits in seven innings and struck out nine, and Mark Johnson and Joe McEwing hit two-run homers.

Albie Lopez (3-8), who has lost seven straight decisions, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. Tampa Bay was shut out for the AL-leading sixth time this season.

Mariners 8, Padres 1

SEATTLE -- John Olerud, Ichiro Suzuki and Al Martin homered as Seattle won for the 16th time in 17 games, a day after San Diego won 6-3 to stop the longest winning streak in Mariners' history at 15.

John Halama (5-4) scattered seven hits in seven shutout innings to complete an 11-1 homestand. At 48-13, the Mariners matched the 1939 New York Yankees for the second-best 61-game start since 1900 behind the 1912 New York Giants (50-11).

Carlton Loewer (0-1) made his first major league appearance since Sept. 20, 1999, and allowed six runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Athletics 6, Giants 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez and Jeremy Giambi hit back-to-back homers against Livan Hernandez (4-9) in a three-run eighth.

Barry Bonds, leading the majors with 32 home runs, was 0-for-7 with four walks during the weekend series until he got a hit in the seventh inning off Mark Mulder (8-3).

Mulder allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings, and Chad Bradford finished for his first save since Sept. 7, 1998, when he was with the White Sox.

Angels 6, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES -- Garret Anderson hit a one-out, solo homer off Eric Gagne (1-4) in the 10th after Jorge Fabregas singled home the tying run against Jeff Shaw with one out in the ninth.

Al Levine (3-4) pitched the ninth, and Troy Percival finished for his 16th save in 16 tries.

Braves 4, Yankees 1

NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux (6-5) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to defeat Mike Mussina (5-7), who gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in eight innings in losing his third straight start.

Atlanta is 8-1 on a 12-game road trip and closed within NL East-leading Philadelphia -- its closest margin since May 2.

Rafael Furcal hit a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run fifth. John Rocker pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Diamondbacks 12, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luis Gonzalez and Erubiel Durazo hit three-runs homers and the Diamondbacks tied a team record for runs in an inning with an eight-run fourth that put it ahead 12-1.

Arizona matched its season high by opening a four-game lead in the NL West. Gonzalez's 26th homer left him six behind San Francisco's Barry Bonds, the major league leader.

Robert Ellis (5-2) won despite allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings. Dan Reichert (5-6) allowed 11 of 18 batters to reach, giving up six runs, six hits and five walks in three-plus innings.

Astros 6, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pinch-hitter Orlando Merced brought Texas back from a 4-3 deficit with a three-run homer off Jeff Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth.

Jay Powell (2-1) got the win and Mike Jackson got his third save despite allowing Ivan Rodriguez's fourth homer in three days. Jackson struck out Alex Rodriguez to end the game, giving Houston two wins in the three-game series, the first between Texas' teams.

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