Record six Houston pitchers no-hit Yanks

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003

NEW YORK It took a record six pitchers to no-hit the New York Yankees, and that wasn't the only bizarre thing about the Houston Astros' big night in the Bronx.

Forced to scramble after ace Roy Oswalt was injured, five relievers finished off the first no-hitter against the Yankees in 45 years.

Completing the Astros' 8-0 victory Wednesday night were: Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner.

''First appearance for most of us in Yankee Stadium,'' Wagner said. ''What better place could there be? This is like the history book.''

It was the most pitchers ever to combine on a no-hitter in major league history four had twice done the trick. The Yankees had gone 6,980 games the longest streak in major league history without being no-hit, since Hoyt Wilhelm's 1-0 victory for Baltimore on Sept. 20, 1958.

Oswalt strained his right groin and left in the second inning.

Munro pitched 2 2-3 innings, Saarloos 1 1-3 innings and Lidge (4-0) went two innings. Dotel threw the eighth and Wagner the ninth.

By the time the Astros returned to their clubhouse, the Yankees had left a bottle of champagne in front of the locker of all six pitchers.

Jeff Weaver (3-5), repeatedly booed by the fans, appeared uncomfortable in his first start since May 31. He stayed in for 6 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and 10 hits.

The closest New York came to a hit was in the fifth inning against Saarloos, when Alfonso Soriano sent a fly ball into short left field. Lance Berkman ran in, stuck out his glove and made a tumbling catch.

''This is one of the worst games I've ever been involved in,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ''It was a total, inexcusable performance.''

''I can't find a reason for what happened today,'' he said. ''The whole game stunk.''

Blue Jays 8, Pirates 5

TORONTO Roy Halladay won his ninth straight start, breaking Roger Clemens' team record, and Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 21st homer for Toronto.

Halladay (9-2) allowed one run on eight hits in eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one. The 26-year-old right-hander hasn't lost since April 15 against the Yankees a span of 12 starts.

Clemens set the Toronto record by winning eight straight starts in 1997.

Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the first. Brian Giles homered and drove in four runs, three on a ninth-inning homer.

Indians 3, Padres 2

CLEVELAND C.C. Sabathia took a shutout into the eighth inning as Cleveland won for the 10th time in its last 12 home games.

Dodgers 3, Tigers 1

DETROIT Kevin Brown won his National League-best ninth game and Fred McGriff's go-ahead single moved him into a tie with Joe DiMaggio on the all-time RBI list as the Dodgers beat Detroit.

Red Sox 13, Cardinals 1

BOSTON Pedro Martinez pitched three solid innings in his return from the disabled list for Boston, which had a season-high 19 hits.

The Red Sox scored seven runs in the second inning and had at least eight runs for the fifth time in seven games.

Reds 7, Devil Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Kelly Stinnett hit a grand slam and Aaron Boone snapped a ninth-inning tie with an RBI single as Cincinnati handed Tampa Bay its season-high sixth straight loss.

Mets 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Cliff Floyd homered and drove in five runs to back another solid outing by Mets rookie Jae Weong Seo.

Floyd, who finished 3-for-4, put the Mets ahead to stay with a two-run single in the first. He hit his 13th homer in the seventh, a two-run shot that made it 8-2.

Giants 11, White Sox 4

CHICAGO Rookie Jesse Foppert pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Pedro Feliz hit a grand slam for San Francisco.

Barry Bonds added a two-run homer, the 630th of his career, and Ray Durham was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Every Giants starter except Marvin Benard scored.

Twins 7, Rockies 4

MINNEAPOLIS Kyle Lohse allowed one run over six innings and Corey Koskie had four of Minnesota's 15 hits.

The Twins, who managed just three hits Tuesday in a 5-0 loss, built a 7-1 lead through six innings Wednesday.

Diamondbacks 4, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Arizona rookie Andrew Good won his third straight start, allowing just two unearned runs in six innings.

Good (3-1) gave up five hits in the first three innings, but allowed only an infield single after that.

Marlins 6, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE Rookie Dontrelle Willis won his fourth straight start and Luis Castillo and Derrek Lee each homered for Florida.

Down 6-4, Milwaukee loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against reliever Braden Looper. Pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick struck out, Eric Young then hit an infield single to bring the Brewers within one, and Scott Podsednik grounded into a fielder's choice to end it.

Cubs 7, Orioles 6

BALTIMORE Matt Clement allowed four hits in six innings and Chicago won without Sammy Sosa, who began a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat.

Clement (4-6) gave up two runs, struck out six and walked two. He has won two straight starts after going six in a row without a victory.

Expos 3, Mariners 1

SEATTLE Livan Hernandez pitched seven strong innings as Montreal won its sixth straight.

Hernandez (6-4) outpitched Joel Pineiro, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Luis Ayala and Joey Eischen each retired a batter before Rocky Biddle got the final four outs for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.

Angels 5, Phillies 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Bengie Molina hit a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning as Anaheim beat Philadelphia.

Ben Weber (2-0) struck out all three batters he faced after relieving Kevin Appier with two out in the top of the sixth. The Angels scored four in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Brett Myers (5-6) was charged with five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, after allowing five runs over four innings in his previous start against Oakland.

Braves 11, Athletics 6

OAKLAND, Calif. Javy Lopez hit one of five Atlanta homers off Ted Lilly and drove in four runs to lead Atlanta.

Rafael Furcal, Marcus Giles, Andruw Jones and Vinny Castilla also homered for the Braves, who lead the majors with 104 longballs.

Horacio Ramirez (5-2) won his fourth straight decision to help Atlanta bounce back a night after having its 11-game interleague winning streak snapped. The Braves are 19-4 against the American League the past two years.

Furcal led off the game with his career-high 10th homer of the season. After Lilly (3-5) walked Giles and struck out Gary Sheffield, he hit Jones with a pitch to bring up Lopez, who drove the first pitch over the center-field wall for his 19th homer.

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