Giants, Orioles split doubleheader

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2004

BALTIMORE Barry Bonds hit his 675th homer and capped a four-run 11th inning with an RBI single, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 on Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

In the second game, Larry Bigbie singled in the winning run in the 12th to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory and a split.

The Giants overcame two home runs in the first game by Rafael Palmeiro, who moved past Mickey Mantle into 11th place on the career list with 537.

It was only the third time in baseball history that two players with 500 homers connected in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did it in 1970, and Mays and Aaron both homered on May 8, 1971.

In the nightcap, Melvin Mora drew a one-out walk from Scott Eyre (0-1) in the 12th and Matt Herges entered to face Miguel Tejada, who was 0-for-10 for the day until he singled.

After Javy Lopez struck out and Palmeiro received an intentional walk to load the bases, Bigbie singled to center to win it.

John Parrish (5-2) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Orioles, who avoided falling five games under .500 for the first time this season.

In the opener, A.J. Pierzynski led off the 11th with a homer off Jorge Julio (1-2). Marquis Grissom added a two-run single, and Bonds chased Julio with a single to left, foiling a shift to the right side by the Baltimore infield.

Matt Herges (2-2) got the win.

Yankees 3, Padres 2

NEW YORK Gary Sheffield put the Yankees ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and Bret Prinz pitched out of a jam in the seventh to preserve New York's victory over San Diego.

Derek Jeter had three hits and Jon Lieber (5-3) worked out of trouble all afternoon for the Yankees, who improved to 9-2 on their 12-game homestand.

Sheffield's single to center off reliever Scott Linebrink gave New York a 3-2 lead and sent Padres starter Dennis Tankersley (0-3) to his eighth consecutive loss since his only major league win on May 26, 2002, at Milwaukee.

San Diego put runners at the corners with none out in the seventh against Paul Quantrill, and Prinz came in to face the middle of the order. He retired cleanup hitter Phil Nevin on a short fly to right, then got Jay Payton on a foul popup and Terrence Long on a fly to left.

Tom Gordon fanned two in a perfect eighth, and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his AL-leading 26th save in 27 chances.

Dodgers 14, Red Sox 5

BOSTON Olmedo Saenz drove in four runs and hit one of Los Angeles' three homers in the Dodgers' first win at Fenway Park.

Trailing 2-1, Los Angeles scored four runs in the fourth then added seven in the fifth and two in the sixth. Saenz, Juan Encarnacion and Jayson Werth homered, and Cesar Izturis had four of his team's 15 hits.

Jeff Weaver (4-7) allowed five runs and five hits in five innings. Los Angeles relievers pitched four hitless innings, striking out 10 of 12 batters.

Tim Wakefield (4-5) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Utility infielder David McCarty pitched the ninth for Boston and retired the side in order.

Blue Jays 15, Diamondbacks 4

TORONTO Roy Halladay (6-4) allowed two runs on three hits in 5 2-3 innings in his return from the disabled list, and Eric Hinske homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Toronto over Arizona.

Halladay, the AL Cy Young winner, missed two starts with a sore shoulder. He struck out five and walked one.

Hinske hit a three-run homer off Andrew Good (0-1) in the third and his two-run single in the fourth gave Toronto an 8-0 lead.

Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with four hits.

Royals 4, Mets 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Angel Berroa's RBI single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Royals past the New York Mets.

Right fielder Gerald Williams made a strong throw to the plate but pinch-runner Wilton Guerrero was safe when catcher Vance Wilson had trouble handling the throw and tagged Guerrero with his glove, but the ball was still in his other hand.

Joe Randa, who had two doubles, singled leading off the ninth against David Weathers (5-3). Guerrero advanced to second on a sacrifice.

Jeremy Affeldt (2-3), who had converted nine straight save opportunities, inherited a 3-2 lead in the ninth but gave up a one-out single to Mike Cameron before Todd Zeile's pinch-hit double tied it 3-all.

Athletics 12, Pirates 11

OAKLAND, Calif. Jermaine Dye singled with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to complete a wild comeback for the Athletics in a victory over Pittsburgh.

Marco Scutaro doubled to lead off the ninth, and after Mark Corey (0-1) got Eric Byrnes to fly out, Mark McLemore and Mark Kotsay were walked intentionally ahead of Dye.

Arthur Rhodes (3-3) blew his fifth save in 14 opportunities, most in the AL, but got the win when Dye singled.

Erubiel Durazo drove in three runs and Byrnes hit two homers as the A's scored five times in the eighth inning against Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa to take an 11-10 lead.

Bobby Crosby had two RBI doubles as the A's extended their season-best winning streak to seven games.

Devil Rays 10, Rockies 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Toby Hall and Tino Martinez hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning, leading Tampa Bay over Colorado.

Hall gave the Devil Rays an 8-7 lead with a two-run shot off Tim Harikkala (1-1), and Martinez followed with his 310th career homer.

John Halama (2-1) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief for the Devil Rays, who equaled their best record after 59 games at 25-34.

Matt Holliday hit his first career grand slam during Colorado's six-run sixth inning that put the Rockies up 7-5. Colorado has lost seven straight, and 19 of 23.

Tigers 6, Marlins 2

DETROIT Nate Robertson pitched four-hit ball for eight innings and Ivan Rodriguez had two hits and an RBI against his former team, lifting the Tigers to their fourth straight win.

Rodriguez, the star catcher who helped Florida to a surprising World Series title last October, went 2-for-4 for the second straight game against the Marlins.

Robertson (5-3) allowed the first two runners to reach base in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but got out of the jam each time by getting a double play. He struck out three, walked two and has won his last three decisions.

Ugueth Urbina entered and got one out his 10th save in 11 chances.

Brad Penny (6-4) gave up four runs three earned six hits and struck out 10 in seven inning.

Twins 6, Phillies 1

MINNEAPOLIS Carlos Silva (7-3) struck out a career-high eight in seven sharp innings against his former team, leading Minnesota over Philadelphia.

Luis Rivas went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple for the Twins, who scored four runs with two outs in the second inning against Phillies starter Kevin Millwood (4-5).

Jim Thome hit career home run No. 399, his 18th of the season, for Philadelphia.

Silva was acquired in a December trade with the Phillies for left-hander Eric Milton.

White Sox 10, Braves 8

CHICAGO Frank Thomas homered twice and Carlos Lee extended his career-best hitting streak to 26 games in the White Sox's win over Atlanta.

Lee went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Juan Uribe had a three-run double for the White Sox, who had lost six of eight.

Esteban Loaiza (7-3) was hit hard but stayed in the game long enough to earn the win. He gave up six runs in six innings on eight hits, walking three and striking out six.

Shingo Takatsu pitched the ninth to get his first major league save. He is the all-time Japanese saves leader with 260.

John Thomson (5-4) allowed seven runs six earned on 10 hits in five innings for Atlanta. He walked three and struck out seven.

Indians 8, Reds 7

CLEVELAND Coco Crisp's three-run double with two outs in the eighth inning helped the Indians come from behind again to beat Cincinnati, which lost their fifth straight.

Ken Griffey Jr. remained stalled in his pursuit of 500 career homers, and the Reds' slide continued as they failed to hold a 5-2 lead after five innings for the second straight night.

Cleveland scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth capped by Crisp's double off three Cincinnati relievers. Phil Norton (0-2) lost for the second time in 24 hours.

Griffey went 0-for-4, striking out twice and drawing an intentional walk. He is still two shy of becoming the 20th player in history to join the 500-homer club.

Rafael Betancourt (3-4) worked a perfect eighth.

Jose Jimenez gave up two runs before getting his fourth save.

Rangers 7, Cardinals 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock hit his second career grand slam and drove in five runs, and Ryan Drese pitched seven strong innings in Texas' victory over the St. Louis.

Drese (3-3) won for the first time since beating Tampa Bay on May 5. He allowed two runs one earned and four hits.

Blalock had an RBI single in the third inning and his grand slam off St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter (7-2) in the fourth gave Texas a 7-0 lead. It was Blalock's 14th homer of the season.

Albert Pujols was St. Louis' designated hitter for the second consecutive game since missing four games with a strained hamstring. He was 0-for-4, and is 1-for-9 the past two games.

Cubs 10, Angels 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. Todd Walker homered and drove in three runs, and Todd Hollandsworth and Aramis Ramirez also hit home runs as Chicago slugged its way past Anaheim.

Glendon Rusch (3-1) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings in his sixth start since replacing the injured Kerry Wood in the Cubs' rotation. He struck out six and walked none.

LaTroy Hawkins, in his first save opportunity since Joe Borowski went on the disabled list last Sunday, retired all four batters he faced for his fifth save in seven chances.

Bartolo Colon (4-5) was charged with six runs and nine hits in six innings, and was booed off the mound following Chicago's three-run fifth.

Mariners 3, Expos 0

SEATTLE Jamie Moyer threw seven shutout innings and Hiram Bocachica hit his first homer in the majors in two seasons, leading the Mariners.

Moyer (5-2) allowed just six hits in winning his fourth consecutive decision. Eddie Guardado threw a scoreless ninth for his 11th save to complete Seattle's second consecutive shutout.

In an effort to jump-start the offense, Seattle manager Bob Melvin moved Ichiro Suzuki from the leadoff spot to No. 3 in the lineup. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. Claudio Vargas (4-4) pitched 3 1-3 innings and gave up three runs two earned.

National League

Brewers 7, Astros 4

MILWAUKEE Keith Ginter's go-ahead, two-run double highlighted Milwaukee's five-run fifth inning, and the Brewers came back to beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Saturday night.

Lyle Overbay homered for Milwaukee, which rocked Roy Oswalt for six runs in the right-hander's worst outing in nearly two years.

Chris Capuano (2-2) returned from the disabled list and gave up four runs and four hits in five innings for the victory. Dan Kolb pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.

Houston's Jeff Kent had his team-record 25-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Oswalt (4-5) had beaten the Brewers twice this season, giving up just two runs in 15 innings. But Milwaukee tripled that output in its big fifth inning, when the Brewers batted around in the inning and had six hits and scored five runs off Oswalt.

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