Royals blow big lead, still beat Twins

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Raul Ibanez singled home Carlos Beltran in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals blew an eight-run lead and still beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8 Monday night.

Mike Sweeney homered and drove in five runs as the Royals took an 8-0 lead after six.

White Sox 4, Red Sox 2

CHICAGO Mark Buehrle (3-10) won for the first time in 13 starts and Joe Crede hit a three-run homer as Chicago capitalized on Boston's bullpen after Pedro Martinez left the game.

The White Sox, held to one run in five innings against Martinez, broke through in a three-run sixth against Ryan Rupe (1-1). Martinez, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, left after 71 pitches as Boston tries to ease him back into form.

Mariners 6, Angels 3

SEATTLE John Olerud homered for his 2,000th career hit and Mike Cameron hit two home runs as Seattle came from behind to beat Anaheim.

Olerud hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field stands for a two-run shot off Anaheim's John Lackey (4-6), to tie the score at 3 in the fourth inning.

National League

Marlins 1, Mets 0

MIAMI Rookie Dontrelle Willis baffled the Mets on Monday night, pitching a one-hitter to beat New York behind a homer by Ivan Rodriguez.

Willis (6-1) allowed only a clean line-drive single to left by Ty Wigginton with one out in the fourth to win his fifth straight start.

Cubs 4, Reds 3

CINCINNATI Moises Alou and Eric Karros hit consecutive solo homers in the sixth inning, and Chicago held on to beat Cincinnati.

Matt Clement (5-6) gave up three runs in six innings and struck out nine, one shy of his season high. Three relievers combined to allow one hit the rest of the way, with Joe Borowski pitching the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Brewers 9, Cardinals 4

MILWAUKEE Keith Osik hit a solo homer and two-run double in a seven-run seventh inning as Milwaukee rallied past St. Louis.

Osik led off the seventh with his first homer since Aug. 21, 2002, and capped the club's biggest inning this season with a two-run double down the third-base line.

Padres 7, Rockies 5

DENVER Mark Loretta hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Jose Jimenez as San Diego rallied to beat Colorado.

The Rockies scored four runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-4 lead, but Jimenez (0-3) couldn't hold it.

He gave up a one-out single to Gary Matthews Jr., then walked Mark Kotsay. Loretta followed with his sixth homer of the year just over the wall in center to give San Diego consecutive wins for the first time since taking three straight April 23-25.

Jay Witasick (1-1) got the final two outs of the eighth inning for the win. Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his second save.

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