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Yankees bounce back with win over Astros

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

NEW YORK Joe Torre made it clear he expects his New York Yankees to play with more heart.

They got the message.

One day after getting no-hit for the first time in 45 years, the Yankees bounced back against the same Houston bullpen that shut them down. Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and New York beat the Astros 6-5 Thursday.

Torre held a team meeting after Wednesday night's 8-0 loss, and the Yankees responded by showing some championship grit.

Houston took a 5-3 lead in the sixth, but this time, the Yankees were able to get some big hits against the Houston bullpen.

Juan Rivera's RBI single off Kirk Saarloos cut it to 5-4 in the sixth. Raul Mondesi singled off Brad Lidge with two outs in the seventh to tie it at 5.

Soriano's single off Octavio Dotel (5-2) completed the comeback. The Yankees won for the first time this season when trailing after six innings they had been 0-20.

Antonio Osuna (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory, and Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Derek Jeter, New York's second batter of the game, bunted for a single to snap New York's hitless string.

Reds 2, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Austin Kearns stole home and homered and Ryan Dempster allowed one run over 7 1-3 innings as Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep.

Dempster (2-4) allowed four hits in his second start since spending 15 days on the disabled list with a neck injury.

He left with one out in the eighth and runners on second and third, but reliever Gabe White got out of the inning and Scott Williamson threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.

The Reds went up 1-0 in the second when Kearns scored from third on the back end of a double steal. Kearns came home after catcher Toby Hall threw toward second in an attempt to get Aaron Boone.

Braves 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Gary Sheffield and Andruw Jones each homered and Shane Reynolds took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning for Atlanta.

Barry Zito (7-5), last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, dropped his first interleague game in eight starts as Oakland lost its third consecutive series for the first time in nearly a year.

Zito gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Reynolds (5-1) continued his successful comeback season by winning his fourth straight decision. He allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings as the Braves won their seventh in eight games.

John Smoltz pitched one inning to record his 25th save in 26 opportunities.

Brewers 6, Marlins 5

MILWAUKEE Eric Young and Wes Helms each homered in a five-run sixth inning as Milwaukee snapped a four-game losing streak.

Matt Kinney (5-4) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Three relievers pitched the final three innings for the Brewers, with Mike DeJean getting three outs for his 15th save in 19 chances.

Florida starter Carl Pavano (5-7) retired the first 11 batters he faced before Richie Sexson hit his 20th home run of the season to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Sexson is tied with Cincinnati's Adam Dunn for the NL lead in homers.

Blue Jays 5, Pirates 4

TORONTO Mark Hendrickson won for the first time in almost a month as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.

Carlos Delgado increased his major league-leading RBI total to 74 with a two-run single for the Blue Jays, who won their fourth straight.

Hendrickson (5-5) won for the first time since May 16, and Cliff Politte pitched the ninth allowing only pinch-hitter Matt Stairs' homer for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4, ending his career-high hitting streak at 22 games.

Jeff Suppan (5-6) allowed five runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He has lost six of his last seven decisions.

Twins 15, Rockies 3

MINNEAPOLIS A.J. Pierzynski hit a grand slam and a three-run homer for Minnesota, which scored seven runs in the first inning.

Pierzynski hit his second career grand slam, had his first multihomer game and finished 3-for-4. His grand slam came off Darren Oliver (3-5) with the Twins already leading 3-0 in the first.

Minnesota took two of three games against the Rockies, who haven't won a road series this season.

Twins starter Kenny Rogers (5-2) struggled to find the strike zone early. But Minnesota's big first inning gave Rogers all the cushion he needed to settle down. Rogers went eight innings, allowing three runs and nine hits.

Padres 9, Indians 4

CLEVELAND Jake Peavy got his first win since April 25 as home runs by Rondell White and Ryan Klesko helped San Diego rally past Cleveland.

Trailing 3-0 after four innings, the Padres scored four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth to help Peavy (5-5) and avoid being swept in their first ever series against the Indians.

Mark Loretta had three RBIs for the Padres, who finally got their 20th win.

Indians rookie starter Jason Davis (5-5) dominated the Padres for the first four innings, but was tagged for four runs three earned in the fifth and two in the sixth for his first loss since May 8.

Mets 11, Rangers 0

ARLINGTON, Texas Vance Wilson homered and drove in five runs and Al Leiter pitched six shutout innings as the Mets won just hours after general manager Steve Phillips was fired.

Leiter, Graeme Lloyd and John Franco combined for New York's third shutout of the season. The Rangers had 11 hits, but left 14 men on base while being shut out for the third time.

Wilson's sixth homer, a two-run shot in the second, put the Mets ahead 3-0. He added a two-run single an inning later when New York scored five times and chased Colby Lewis (4-5), and then was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a three-run ninth.

Leiter (7-3) struck out six and scattered eight hits over six innings, four days after allowing eight runs on nine hits in two innings against Seattle.

Giants 8, White Sox 4

CHICAGO Barry Bonds hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and Rich Aurilia hit a pinch-hit grand slam later in the inning to rally San Francisco past the Chicago White Sox.

Bartolo Colon (6-6) struck out Bonds in his first three at-bats and took a three-hitter into the ninth, but Ray Durham singled leading off the inning. Bonds hit the next pitch for his 631st home run, his 18th this season.

San Francisco then loaded the bases on singles by Benito Santiago and Pedro Feliz, and an intentional walk to Edgardo Alfonzo.

Damaso Marte relieved, and Aurilia followed his homer.

Joe Nathan (7-3) pitched two hitless innings to earn the win.

Cardinals 8, Red Sox 7

BOSTON Jim Edmonds hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the 13th inning as St. Louis beat Boston after wasting a pair of late leads.

Edmonds also had a solo homer and Edgar Renteria went 5-for-6 for the Cardinals, who took two of three from the Red Sox.

Nomar Garciaparra hit a tying triple in the ninth inning and a tying single in the 10th inning. After Edmonds put St. Louis ahead 8-5 in the top of the 13th, Trot Nixon hit an RBI single off Esteban Yan (2-0) in the bottom half. But with runners on first and third, Bill Mueller failed to sacrifice before grounding into a double play that scored a run.

Dodgers 3, Tigers 2

DETROIT Kazuhisa Ishii allowed two runs over seven innings and Paul Lo Duca drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.

Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 20 games, and Ishii (6-2) won despite walking six batters for the sixth time this season. He struck out eight and allowed five hits.

Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 24 opportunities. He has saved 32 straight dating back to last season.

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman (2-9) pitched seven innings, the second-longest start of his career.

Orioles 6, Cubs 1

BALTIMORE Melvin Mora homered and drove in three runs, and Rick Helling shrugged off two rain delays to pitch five shutout innings as Baltimore beat the Chicago Cubs.

Mora had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring groundout before extending his hitting streak to 23 games in the seventh with a solo shot off Kyle Farnsworth. It's the third-longest streak in team history behind Eric Davis (30) and Rafael Palmeiro (24).

Helling (4-4) shook off both delays to earn the win, and Travis Driskill worked four innings for his first save.

The start was delayed by rain for 53 minutes, and the Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the first against Carlos Zambrano (5-6). There was an additional rain stoppage of 1:49 after the second inning.

Mariners 1, Expos 0

SEATTLE Ryan Franklin and Arthur Rhodes combined on a five-hitter, and Bret Boone hit his 18th homer of the season for Seattle.

Franklin (5-4) gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five. Rhodes pitched the ninth for his first save.

Franklin outpitched rookie Claudio Vargas (3-3), who gave up Boone's 427-foot homer to lead off the fourth.

It was the Mariners' eighth shutout of the season, tops in the majors.



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