Arroyo pitches Sox to sweep

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2005


  Houston Astros shortstop Adam Everett throws to first after getting the force on Baltimore Oriole's Brian Roberts at second on a ground ball hit by Melvin Mora Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Baltimore. Mora was out at first but the Orioles won 5-1. AP Photo/Gail Burton

Houston Astros shortstop Adam Everett throws to first after getting the force on Baltimore Oriole's Brian Roberts at second on a ground ball hit by Melvin Mora Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Baltimore. Mora was out at first but the Orioles won 5-1.

AP Photo/Gail Burton

BOSTON — Bronson Arroyo gave the Red Sox their fourth straight strong performance by a starter and David Ortiz drove in three runs to lead Boston to a 6-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Boston took the series by a combined score of 23-4 and outhit Cincinnati 36-15.

Arroyo (5-3) was 0-3 in his last seven starts after going 9-0 in 17 starts dating to last season before that slump. On Wednesday, he struck out eight, walked two and gave up six hits in seven innings. In Boston's three previous games, starters Tim Wakefield, Matt Clement and David Wells gave up four runs and 11 hits in 22 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 2

TORONTO — Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just four singles innings to lead Toronto, which moved back to .500 by taking two of three from NL-Central-leading St. Louis.

Lilly (4-7), who had lost his previous three starts, lowered his ERA to 6.48. The 28-year-old left-hander struck out six and walked three for his first win since May 25 versus Boston.

Miguel Batista pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Tigers 8, Padres 2

DETROIT — Placido Polanco had three hits and three RBIs, and Detroit ended Adam Eaton's eight-game winning streak.

Eaton (9-2) lost for the first time since April 16, a span of 11 starts. He allowed six runs — three earned — on seven hits and two walks in 2 1-3 innings. Eaton had gone at least 4 2-3 innings in each of his 13 starts this season.

Orioles 5, Astros 1

BALTIMORE — Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, and Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Houston.

Melvin Mora homered, Jay Gibbons had three hits and Brian Roberts went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Orioles, who outscored Houston 19-7 in their first interleague sweep since July 1999, against Montreal.

Lopez (6-2) allowed one run, struck out seven and walked one in winning his fourth straight decision.

Devil Rays 5, Brewers 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hideo Nomo allowed two runs in seven innings for his 200th combined major league and Japanese victory.

The win qualified Nomo (4-6) for the Meikyukai, a special honor for Japanese players. Membership is automatic after a player reaches 2,000 hits or 200 wins. He is the 16th pitcher and 45th member overall.

Prince Fielder got his first two hits in the majors with a pair of doubles for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven. The son of former major league slugger Cecil Fielder was the Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 draft.

Royals 3, Dodgers 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Lima pitched eight solid innings for his first victory in 14 starts and Emil Brown drove in two runs for Kansas City.

Lima (1-5), who had dyed his dark hair blond in an effort to change his luck, gave up five hits for his first win since shutting out St. Louis for Los Angeles in last year's NL playoffs. He had six strikeouts and one walk in his longest outing of the season.

Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Rangers 9, Braves 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chan Ho Park won his sixth straight decision, again getting plenty of offensive support from Texas.

Park (7-1) allowed eight singles, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter in five innings against a batting order that included six rookies. He threw 114 pitches before leaving with a 7-1 lead. Park went into the game getting 8.43 runs of support per start, best in the major leagues.

Alfonso Soriano and Kevin Mench both had two-run doubles in the Rangers' five-run first inning, when the first six batters reached against Braves rookie Kyle Davies (2-2). Soriano added a solo homer and another RBI double.

Giants 8, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Tucker doubled and drove in three runs, and Moises Alou went 4-for-4 to help San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak.

Noah Lowry (3-6) tied a season high with seven strikeouts and the Giants won for just the third time in the last 18 games.

The Giants jumped on Twins starter Kyle Lohse (5-5) early and put the game out of reach in the ninth against J.C. Romero on an RBI double from Mike Matheny and a two-run homer by Omar Vizquel.

Yankees 7, Pirates 5, 10 innings

NEW YORK — Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer into the upper deck in the 10th inning, and New York rallied past Pittsburgh with help from a questionable call at first base.

Jorge Posada tied the game at 5 with a two-out double off Jose Mesa in the ninth after catching a break.

Gary Sheffield's smash up the middle appeared headed toward center for a single. But it deflected off Mesa (0-5) to shortstop Jack Wilson, who tried to start a double play that would have ended the game.

Replays clearly showed the relay from second baseman Jose Castillo beat Sheffield at first, but he was called safe by umpire Tony Randazzo.

White Sox 12, Diamondbacks 6

CHICAGO — Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko hit three-run homers and Frank Thomas added a solo shot in a 10-run sixth inning to lead Chicago past Arizona.

Despite a sub-par performance, White Sox starter Jon Garland became the first pitcher in the American League to win 11 games.

Garland (11-2) gave up six earned runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

Thomas homered off starter Russ Ortiz (4-6) with one out in the sixth, his fourth in just 21 at-bats since returning from a foot injury.

Indians 7, Rockies 6

CLEVELAND — Aaron Boone homered leading off the 11th inning and Cleveland rallied to extend its winning streak to a season-high five games.

Boone fell behind 1-2 against Blaine Neal (1-2) before pulling his seventh homer over the wall in left. Boone, who entered the game hitting .184, was mobbed by his teammates when he crossed the plate. The surging Indians improved to 16-7 since May 20.

Bob Howry (4-1) pitched one inning for the win and Cleveland's relievers combined for 7 2-3 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts.

Nationals 1, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Texas castoff Ryan Drese made a sensational debut for Washington, holding Los Angeles to two hits over eight innings.

Brian Schneider homered off Bartolo Colon (8-4) in the sixth inning, giving the Nationals two wins in their three-game series matching NL East and AL West division leaders.

Athletics 3, Mets 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marco Scutaro lined a game-winning single off the wall in left-center with two outs in the ninth, lifting Oakland to a victory over New York.

Justin Duchscherer (3-1) pitched two innings for the win as the A's won their third straight and eighth game in June to surpass their entire May win total of seven.

Pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty drew a 3-2 walk from Royce Ring (0-1) to lead off the ninth, then Roberto Hernandez entered to face Keith Ginter. Ginter's sacrifice bunt advanced Kielty and Scott Hatteberg came in to pinch hit for Eric Byrnes. He was intentionally walked to bring up Nick Swisher, who struck out.

Mariners 5, Phillies 1

SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff homer and Aaron Sele made it stand up with six solid innings in his sixth straight strong start Wednesday night, leading the Mariners over the Phillies.

Mike Morse hit his first major league home run, a two-run shot, and Randy Winn also connected in Seattle's second win in a row over the Phillies.

The 34-year-old Sele (6-5), who claimed a spot in the Mariners' rotation this spring as a non-roster invitee, held the Phillies to eight hits and a first-inning run.

National League

CHICAGO — Carlos Delgado, Miguel Cabrera, Juan Encarnacion and Luis Castillo homered and the Florida Marlins routed the Chicago Cubs 15-5 Wednesday in their highest-scoring game of the year.

Juan Pierre and Paul Lo Duca each had four of the Marlins' season-high 20 hits. Pierre also stole two bases.

Delgado's three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning that made it 8-0 and an easy afternoon for A.J. Burnett.

Burnett (4-4) pitched 6 2-3 innings and allowed five runs — all in the seventh — for his first victory since beating Philadelphia on April 29. He'd been 0-3 in seven starts since then despite a 3.63 ERA during that stretch.

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