Braves' Perez shuts down Blue Jays

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2001

TORONTO -- Odalis Perez shut out Toronto on five hits in eight-plus innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Blue Jays 3-0 Tuesday night.

Perez (4-4), unbeaten in his last six starts, left in the ninth when he gave up two more hits, consecutive doubles to Homer Bush and Brian Simmons that put runners on second and third.

John Rocker relieved Perez and got the final three outs for his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

Pinch-hitter Bernard Gilkey hit a two-run double in the eighth for the Braves, who improved to 9-2 on their season-high 12-game road trip and closed within 2 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the NL East.

Red Sox 4, Marlins 2

BOSTON -- Frank Castillo (6-4) pitched five shutout innings, and suddenly powerful Boston got homers from Troy O'Leary and Trot Nixon.

The Marlins (30-32) missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season as their interleague record fell to 41-29, the best in the NL. They lost for just the second time in six games.

Boston has 23 homers in its last 12 games after hitting just 56 in its first 50. And it has four in its last two without AL home run leader Manny Ramirez, who has a sore throat and fever.

Devil Rays 9, Phillies 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben Grieve hit his fourth career grand slam and Greg Vaughn also homered to help rookie left-hander Joe Kennedy (2-0) and Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia.

Grieve, who hit his other three grand slams last season with the Oakland Athletics, pulled out of a 1-for-18 slump with a run-scoring single in the third inning. His second homer in his last 119 at-bats finished a five-run seventh that made it 9-2.

Mets 10, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE -- Robin Ventura hit two homers and drove in four runs, and Timo Perez had a career-high four hits as New York defeated Baltimore.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo had three hits for the Mets, who built a 9-3 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to their second straight blowout win. New York beat Tampa Bay 10-0 Sunday.

Ventura hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the eighth. It was his 20th career two-homer game, the second this season.

Brewers 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND -- Richie Sexson singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning in his return to Jacobs Field as Milwaukee defeated Cleveland.

Sexson, dealt to Milwaukee last July 28, lined a pitch from Paul Shuey (5-3) to left field to snap a 2-2 tie.

Chad Fox (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory, and Curt Leskanic finished for his seventh save.

Pirates 13, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Abraham Nunez hit a bases-loaded triple to highlight Pittsburgh's nine-run fourth inning as the Pirates won their first game since general manager Cam Bonifay was fired.

Pittsburgh also scored four runs in the fifth inning to help give Todd Ritchie (1-8) his first win of the season. Ritchie allowed one run in eight innings to avoid becoming the first pitcher to start a season 0-9 since Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997.

Brian Giles and Rob Mackowiak homered for the Pirates, who had a season high in runs.

Dave Mlicki (4-7) lost for the fifth time in six outings. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Expos 2, Yankees 1

NEW YORK -- Mark Smith hit a disputed home run off Ramiro Mendoza in the 12th inning as Montreal beat New York.

Derek Jeter's RBI grounder in the fifth put the Yankees ahead, but Mariano Rivera blew a save for the third time in 21 chances, allowing his fourth homer of the season, Michael Barrett's one-out drive in the ninth inning.

White Sox 5, Reds 0

CHICAGO -- David Wells bounced back from the shortest outing of his career to pitch seven shutout innings as Chicago beat Cincinnati.

After facing only five batters Friday and leaving with back spasms, Wells (5-5) needed only 96 pitches to go seven scoreless innings. He allowed seven hits and struck out six.

Elmer Dessens (5-3) allowed five runs -- all on homers by Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko -- and seven hits in six innings for his first loss since May 4.

Twins 7, Astros 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke pitched a four-hitter for his first win in five starts, leading Minnesota back into first place.

Doug Mientkiewicz, Cristian Guzman and Torii Hunter homered for the Twins, who have been at least tied for first in the AL Central for all but seven days this year. The Cleveland Indians, who lost 4-2 to Milwaukee, fell a half-game behind Minnesota.

Radke (8-2), who retired 21 of the last 22, struck out seven and walked none in his first shutout of the year.

Scott Elarton (4-6) allowed five runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Royals 7, Cardinals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chad Durbin came within two outs of Kansas City's first complete game of the season, pitching the Royals past St. Louis.

Durbin (4-5) allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked two while breaking a three-game personal losing steak.

He retired 14 of 15 batters before the ninth, when J.D. Drew singled leading off and Albert Pujols hit his 20th homer.

Cardinals starter Darryl Kile (7-6) gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks in six-plus innings.

Giants 3, Angels 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds took another step on the fastest home run pace in baseball history with his 33rd homer as San Francisco beat Anaheim.

Kirk Rueter (7-6) allowed five hits and a run in seven innings to win his third straight start. Rueter also had an RBI single, but the spotlight was on Bonds, who homered in his fourth straight home game.

Bonds' 527th career homer came on the first pitch he saw from Anaheim right-hander Pat Rapp (1-7) in the first inning.

Bonds, who hit the longest homer in Pacific Bell Park's history on Thursday before going homerless in a three-game weekend series at Oakland, has 33 homers in the Giants' first 64 games. Mark McGwire hit 33 in the St. Louis Cardinals' first 70 games in 1998.

Mariners 10, Rockies 9

DENVER -- Mike Cameron hit a solo home run off Juan Acevedo in the ninth -- Seattle's sixth homer of the game -- to lift the Mariners.


FILE -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kerry Wood pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, in this May 13, 2001 photo. Wood, again displaying his strikeout form, and Curt Schilling, baseball's first 10-game winner this season, are on the mound as the division-leading Cubs and Diamondbacks meet Tuesday June 12, 2001 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Bret Boone homered twice and Dan Wilson hit a homer and drive in three runs for the Mariners (49-13), who are off to the second-best start in baseball history. Seattle trails only the 1912 New York Giants (51-11) through the first 62 games.

Todd Helton had a two-run homer and drove in three runs for Colorado, giving him a major league-leading 71 RBIs.

With one out in the ninth, Cameron hit a 432-foot homer to left center off Acevedo (0-1) -- the ninth homer overall in the game.

Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX -- Chicago and Kerry Wood won a matchup of division leaders and two of the game's best right-handed power pitchers with a victory over Arizona and Curt Schilling.

Rondell White drove in three runs with a solo homer in the third and two-run single with two outs in the ninth. White is 14-for-27 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in his last seven games.

Wood (6-4) left after throwing 110 pitches in 5 2-3 innings but still won his fifth decision in a row. He allowed two runs, five hits, five walks and struck out six.

Athletics 5, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Hudson won his fifth straight decision, and Jason Giambi homered and drove in three runs as Oakland beat San Diego.

Giambi hit his 17th homer and an RBI double and drove in another run on a long pop foul.

Hudson (7-3) hasn't lost since April 28, a 7-6 defeat to the New York Yankees. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings while striking out seven and walking one.

Dodgers 8, Rangers 4

LOS ANGELES -- Hiram Bocachica subbed for the injured Mark Grudzielanek by hitting his first major league homer, and Alex Cora also homered for Los Angeles.

Nine-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the fourth inning with a bruised throwing hand, one night after Rangers left fielder Rusty Greer strained his left hamstring.

The Dodgers converted errors by infielders Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Caminiti into three unearned runs, helping Darren Dreifort (4-5) overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Mike Judd (1-1) quickly squandered the three-run lead, giving up one run in the first and three in the second.

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