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Mussina helps Yanks maintain mastery of Mets

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2001

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina threw 7 2-3 sharp innings and produced an RBI single as the New York Yankees once again beat the Mets, 2-1 Saturday.

A relatively quiet crowd of 54,195 at Shea Stadium saw the visiting Yankees defeat the Mets for the 10th time in 12 meetings, including last year's World Series.

Bernie Williams' homer and Mussina's single in the second inning accounted for the only runs off Appier (4-6).

Robin Ventura homered in the fourth against Mussina (6-7).

Cardinals 8, White Sox 3

ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and Dustin Hermanson (6-4) ended a four-game losing streak as St. Louis the Chicago.

Drew hit his 21st homer in the fifth inning, off Kip Wells (3-3). He also bunted for a hit in the first and singled in the seventh, making him 15-for-30 (.500) with two homers during a seven-game hitting streak.

The Cardinals, after coming home from a 1-8 trip that was their worst since 1995, have won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 18-6. Entering the series, the White Sox had won 16 of 19.

Giants 2, Athletics 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Armando Rios had an RBI triple in the eighth inning, and Benito Santiago drove him home with a go-ahead single as San Francisco rallied for its fifth straight win.

Jeff Tam (0-2) needed four pitches to waste a brilliant performance by Oakland starter Cory Lidle, who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings.

Barry Bonds, who hit two homers Friday night to give him 36 on the season, went 0-for-2 with two flyouts and a seventh-inning walk.

Livan Hernandez (5-9) held the A's to four hits over eight innings, allowing his only run on Terrence Long's sixth-inning RBI double.

Cubs 11, Twins 4

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit two of Chicago's five home runs and drove in five runs as the Cubs beat Minnesota for their 12th straight home win.

The winning streak is the Cubs' longest at Wrigley Field since taking 14 straight in 1936. The Cubs have won 19 of 24 overall.

Chicago hit three first-inning home runs off Brad Thomas (0-1). Eric Young hit a leadoff shot, Sosa had a two-run homer and Ricky Gutierrez hit a solo blast.

Jon Lieber (7-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Astros 2, Rangers 1

HOUSTON -- Richard Hidalgo's sacrifice fly and a nimble slide by Jeff Bagwell in the eighth inning, gave Houston the win.

The second record crowd in as many days saw the Astros take a 3-2 lead in the Lone Star Series, with the Silver Boot Trophy going to the winner. The series finale is Sunday.

With the score tied 1-1, Bagwell started the eighth with a double off Tim Crabtree (0-5) to right-center field. He went to third on Lance Berkman's long fly out to right and scored on Hidalgo's fly, sidestepping catcher Marcus Jensen before coming back to touch home plate.

Nelson Cruz (1-1) pitched the eighth inning for the victory, and Mike Jackson worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Braves 8, Red Sox 0

ATLANTA -- John Burkett allowed two hits in eight innings, and Javy Lopez and Wes Helms drove in two runs apiece for Atlanta.

B.J. Surhoff added three hits, three stolen bases and scored twice for the Braves, who had lost two in a row.

Burkett (6-5) gave up a bloop single to Jose Offerman leading off the game, then retired 15 Red Sox in a row before Mike Lansing singled leading off the sixth. Burkett walked one and struck out eight.

Hideo Nomo (6-4) took the loss.

Expos 7, Blue Jays 2

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his 150th career homer, and Matt Blank (1-2) earned his first major league win as Montreal beat Toronto.

Guerrero went 3-for-4, including a two-run shot off Esteban Loaiza (5-7) in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season as the Expos snapped a three-game losing streak.

The game attracted 11,113 fans as the Expos drew a crowd of at least 10,000 for just the seventh time in 33 home games.

Pirates 6, Indians 4

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Kendall had a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning off Jaret Wright (2-2) and Pittsburgh rallied from three runs down.

Kevin Young started a pair of two-run innings by getting on base as the Pirates, who entered Friday's game with baseball's worst record, beat the Indians for the second night in a row.

Juan Gonzalez's two-run homer and Roberto Alomar's run-scoring single gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the first against Pirates starter Jason Schmidt (3-2). However, Schmidt shut out the Indians over the next five innings.

Marlins 11, Devil Rays 0

MIAMI -- Brad Penny and Ricky Bones combined on a one-hitter as Florida beat Tampa Bay.

Cliff Floyd drove in four runs for the Marlins (33-33), who reached .500 for the first time this season.

Penny (6-1) allowed a two-out single to John Flaherty in the fifth inning, struck out five and walked none. Bones retired all six batters he faced.

Albie Lopez (3-9) lost for the eighth time in nine starts.

Royals 4, Brewers 2, comp. of susp. game

Royals 4, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Dan Reichert (6-6) shut down Milwaukee after allowing a leadoff homer to Devon White to give Kansas City its second win of the day.

Carlos Beltran and Luis Alicea homered and Paul Byrd (1-1) got the win in the opener, which was the completion of a game suspended the previous night because of a partial power outage at Miller Park.

The teams started play of the suspended game in the second inning Saturday afternoon before playing their regularly scheduled game later at night.

Mariners 9, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- John Olerud hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, as Seattle beat San Diego.

Olerud doubled in the second, tripled in the third and singled in the fifth.

At 52-14, the Mariners are off to the second-best 66-game start since 1900 behind the 1912 New York Giants (54-12). Seattle won its third straight and for the 21st time in 24 games.

John Halama (6-4) won his third straight decision.

Carlton Loewer (0-2) allowed six runs on seven hits for San Diego, which has lost 17 of 21.

Phillies 14, Orioles 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Johnny Estrada, Brian Hunter and Jimmy Rollins homered during a seven-run sixth inning leading Philadelphia over Baltimore in a game delayed by rain three times.

The start was held up by bad weather for 31 minutes and there were two mid-game stoppages totaling one hour and 44 minutes.

Chris Brock (3-0) went 1 1-3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out two for the win.

B.J. Ryan (2-3) surrendered two homers in the sixth inning and was charged with four runs. In two games against Philadelphia, the Orioles have surrendered 29 runs and 33 hits.

Diamondbacks 3, Tigers 1

PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez continued to haunt his former team, driving in two runs with a homer and double, as Arizona beat Detroit.

Detroit's Tony Clark homered in his fourth consecutive game and doubled in the sixth, when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out.

But Robert Ellis (6-2) worked his way out of the jam, striking out Shane Halter and getting Ryan Jackson to ground out.

Angels 6, Dodgers 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Anaheim over Los Angeles.

Troy Percival blew a save for the first time this season but got the win.

Anderson, whose three hits included a two-run double, singled to right off Jesse Orosco to score Darin Erstad from second. Erstad was walked intentionally by Matt Herges (4-5) after David Eckstein singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt.

Troy Glaus then bounced into a forceout at third before Anderson's game-winning hit.

Rockies 8, Reds 7

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, but Danny Graves blew a two-run lead in the ninth and Colorado rallied to beat Cincinnati.

Jeff Cirillo and Todd Helton had RBI singles off Graves to tie it at 7, and Brent Mayne scored the go-ahead run on catcher Kelly Stinnett's error in the 12th. Jose Jiminez (3-0) got the win and Craig Dingman got the final three outs for his first career save.

Jim Browner (3-5) took the loss for the Reds, who lost their fifth in a row and fell to 7-23 at Cinergy Field.

, the worst home record in the majors.

HEAD:Mussina helps Yanks maintain mastery of Mets

BYLINE1:By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina threw 7 2-3 sharp innings and produced an RBI single as the New York Yankees once again beat the Mets, 2-1 Saturday.

A relatively quiet crowd of 54,195 at Shea Stadium saw the visiting Yankees defeat the Mets for the 10th time in 12 meetings, including last year's World Series.

Bernie Williams' homer and Mussina's single in the second inning accounted for the only runs off Appier (4-6).

Robin Ventura homered in the fourth against Mussina (6-7).

Cardinals 8, White Sox 3

ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and Dustin Hermanson (6-4) ended a four-game losing streak as St. Louis the Chicago.

Drew hit his 21st homer in the fifth inning, off Kip Wells (3-3). He also bunted for a hit in the first and singled in the seventh, making him 15-for-30 (.500) with two homers during a seven-game hitting streak.

The Cardinals, after coming home from a 1-8 trip that was their worst since 1995, have won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 18-6. Entering the series, the White Sox had won 16 of 19.

Giants 2, Athletics 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Armando Rios had an RBI triple in the eighth inning, and Benito Santiago drove him home with a go-ahead single as San Francisco rallied for its fifth straight win.

Jeff Tam (0-2) needed four pitches to waste a brilliant performance by Oakland starter Cory Lidle, who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings.

Barry Bonds, who hit two homers Friday night to give him 36 on the season, went 0-for-2 with two flyouts and a seventh-inning walk.

Livan Hernandez (5-9) held the A's to four hits over eight innings, allowing his only run on Terrence Long's sixth-inning RBI double.

Cubs 11, Twins 4

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit two of Chicago's five home runs and drove in five runs as the Cubs beat Minnesota for their 12th straight home win.

The winning streak is the Cubs' longest at Wrigley Field since taking 14 straight in 1936. The Cubs have won 19 of 24 overall.

Chicago hit three first-inning home runs off Brad Thomas (0-1). Eric Young hit a leadoff shot, Sosa had a two-run homer and Ricky Gutierrez hit a solo blast.

Jon Lieber (7-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Astros 2, Rangers 1

HOUSTON -- Richard Hidalgo's sacrifice fly and a nimble slide by Jeff Bagwell in the eighth inning, gave Houston the win.

The second record crowd in as many days saw the Astros take a 3-2 lead in the Lone Star Series, with the Silver Boot Trophy going to the winner. The series finale is Sunday.

With the score tied 1-1, Bagwell started the eighth with a double off Tim Crabtree (0-5) to right-center field. He went to third on Lance Berkman's long fly out to right and scored on Hidalgo's fly, sidestepping catcher Marcus Jensen before coming back to touch home plate.

Nelson Cruz (1-1) pitched the eighth inning for the victory, and Mike Jackson worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Braves 8, Red Sox 0

ATLANTA -- John Burkett allowed two hits in eight innings, and Javy Lopez and Wes Helms drove in two runs apiece for Atlanta.

B.J. Surhoff added three hits, three stolen bases and scored twice for the Braves, who had lost two in a row.

Burkett (6-5) gave up a bloop single to Jose Offerman leading off the game, then retired 15 Red Sox in a row before Mike Lansing singled leading off the sixth. Burkett walked one and struck out eight.

Hideo Nomo (6-4) took the loss.

Expos 7, Blue Jays 2

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his 150th career homer, and Matt Blank (1-2) earned his first major league win as Montreal beat Toronto.

Guerrero went 3-for-4, including a two-run shot off Esteban Loaiza (5-7) in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season as the Expos snapped a three-game losing streak.

The game attracted 11,113 fans as the Expos drew a crowd of at least 10,000 for just the seventh time in 33 home games.

Pirates 6, Indians 4

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Kendall had a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning off Jaret Wright (2-2) and Pittsburgh rallied from three runs down.

Kevin Young started a pair of two-run innings by getting on base as the Pirates, who entered Friday's game with baseball's worst record, beat the Indians for the second night in a row.

Juan Gonzalez's two-run homer and Roberto Alomar's run-scoring single gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the first against Pirates starter Jason Schmidt (3-2). However, Schmidt shut out the Indians over the next five innings.

Marlins 11, Devil Rays 0

MIAMI -- Brad Penny and Ricky Bones combined on a one-hitter as Florida beat Tampa Bay.

Cliff Floyd drove in four runs for the Marlins (33-33), who reached .500 for the first time this season.

Penny (6-1) allowed a two-out single to John Flaherty in the fifth inning, struck out five and walked none. Bones retired all six batters he faced.

Albie Lopez (3-9) lost for the eighth time in nine starts.

Royals 4, Brewers 2, comp. of susp. game

Royals 4, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Dan Reichert (6-6) shut down Milwaukee after allowing a leadoff homer to Devon White to give Kansas City its second win of the day.

Carlos Beltran and Luis Alicea homered and Paul Byrd (1-1) got the win in the opener, which was the completion of a game suspended the previous night because of a partial power outage at Miller Park.

The teams started play of the suspended game in the second inning Saturday afternoon before playing their regularly scheduled game later at night.

Mariners 9, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- John Olerud hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, as Seattle beat San Diego.

Olerud doubled in the second, tripled in the third and singled in the fifth.

At 52-14, the Mariners are off to the second-best 66-game start since 1900 behind the 1912 New York Giants (54-12). Seattle won its third straight and for the 21st time in 24 games.

John Halama (6-4) won his third straight decision.

Carlton Loewer (0-2) allowed six runs on seven hits for San Diego, which has lost 17 of 21.

Phillies 14, Orioles 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Johnny Estrada, Brian Hunter and Jimmy Rollins homered during a seven-run sixth inning leading Philadelphia over Baltimore in a game delayed by rain three times.

The start was held up by bad weather for 31 minutes and there were two mid-game stoppages totaling one hour and 44 minutes.

Chris Brock (3-0) went 1 1-3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out two for the win.

B.J. Ryan (2-3) surrendered two homers in the sixth inning and was charged with four runs. In two games against Philadelphia, the Orioles have surrendered 29 runs and 33 hits.

Diamondbacks 3, Tigers 1

PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez continued to haunt his former team, driving in two runs with a homer and double, as Arizona beat Detroit.

Detroit's Tony Clark homered in his fourth consecutive game and doubled in the sixth, when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out.

But Robert Ellis (6-2) worked his way out of the jam, striking out Shane Halter and getting Ryan Jackson to ground out.

Angels 6, Dodgers 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Anaheim over Los Angeles.

Troy Percival blew a save for the first time this season but got the win.

Anderson, whose three hits included a two-run double, singled to right off Jesse Orosco to score Darin Erstad from second. Erstad was walked intentionally by Matt Herges (4-5) after David Eckstein singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt.

Troy Glaus then bounced into a forceout at third before Anderson's game-winning hit.

Rockies 8, Reds 7

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, but Danny Graves blew a two-run lead in the ninth and Colorado rallied to beat Cincinnati.

Jeff Cirillo and Todd Helton had RBI singles off Graves to tie it at 7, and Brent Mayne scored the go-ahead run on catcher Kelly Stinnett's error in the 12th. Jose Jiminez (3-0) got the win and Craig Dingman got the final three outs for his first career save.

Jim Browner (3-5) took the loss for the Reds, who lost their fifth in a row and fell to 7-23 at Cinergy Field.

, the worst home record in the majors.



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