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Double moves hitting streak to 32 games

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2002

MIAMI -- Luis Castillo went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 32 games, longest in the major leagues in 15 years, and Florida beat Cleveland 4-0 Tuesday night in their first meeting since the 1997 World Series.

Ryan Dempster (5-6) allowed four hits in 6 1-3 innings before being ejected after he hit a batter for the second time. Manager Jeff Torborg was also thrown out.

Derrek Lee hit a two-run homer for Florida.

Castillo kept the streak alive with a double in the third. He topped a 3-1 pitch from Chuck Finley (4-8) into the infield grass, and it bounced over third baseman Travis Fryman's head.

Twins 6, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana pitched three-hit ball for six innings, and Torii Hunter homered for Minnesota.

Dustan Mohr and A.J. Pierzynski also went deep for the Twins, who began the day with a five-game lead in the AL Central and won their third straight.

Santana (2-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in the longest outing of his career. LaTroy Hawkins worked two perfect innings, and Travis Miller finished the four-hitter.

Mariners 8, Reds 1

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. singled for his 2,000th hit and smacked into the padded outfield wall to steal a hit, but his old team from Seattle romped behind Joel Pineiro.

Pineiro (6-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings and singled home a pair of runs with his first major league hit.

Griffey, in the lineup for the first time in 10 days, had an infield single in his first at-bat, and slammed into the wall in center to catch Ben Davis' sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Expos 5, Royals 4

MONTREAL -- Wil Cordero's pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the seventh capped a decisive three-run rally for Montreal.

Trailing 4-2, the Expos tied it on Orlando Cabrera's two-run double off Scott Mullen (0-1) with one out in the seventh. One out later, Cory Bailey came in to face Cordero, who delivered a hit-and-run single to drive in Cabrera with the go-ahead run as the Expos won their fifth straight.

Tigers 6, Braves 0

ATLANTA -- Jeff Weaver pitched a five-hitter for Detroit.

Weaver (5-8) improved his interleague record to 8-1 by shutting down one of baseball's hottest teams. The Braves had won 13 of their past 16 but never mustered a real threat against Weaver, who retired 17 of the last 18 hitters he faced, striking out seven.

Leadoff man Ramon Santiago had three hits, scored three runs and drove in another for the Tigers, who got two RBIs each from Wendell Magee and Brave Randall Simon and beat Jason Marquis (5-4).

Detroit's Robert Fick went 0-for-2, ending end his 18-game hitting streak.

Athletics 4, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH -- Mark Mulder won his fifth straight start to give the Oakland its 10th victory in 11 games in the first meeting between two of baseball's oldest franchises.

The 115-year-old Pirates and 101-year-old Athletics -- who spent more than half a century across the state in Philadelphia -- had never met in the regular season or postseason despite winning a combined five World Series in the 1970s and playing in 21 overall.

Yankees 10, Rockies 5

DENVER -- Derek Jeter and Robin Ventura homered and drove in three runs apiece as New York had 17 hits in its first visit to Coors Fields.

Mike Mussina (10-3) allowed five runs on eight hits in the first five innings, but the Yankees handed Jason Jennings (8-3) his first loss in 10 starts.

Every Yankees starter had a hit by the third, including Mussina, and New York scored in five of the first six innings. Shane Spencer also homered for the Yankees.

Blue Jays 2, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES -- Roy Halladay pitched a four-hitter as Toronto won the first game between the teams.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Blue Jays, while the Dodgers lost for just the sixth time in 19 games. Halladay (8-3), walked two and struck out seven in pitching his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career.

White Sox 6, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Kenny Lofton's two-run triple in the 12th inning led Chicago.

David Coggin (0-2) walked Carlos Lee and Jose Valentin with one out in the 12th before Lofton snapped a 3-3 tie.

Antonio Osuna (4-1) brought the tying run to the plate in the 12th when he walked Mike Lieberthal and gave up a single to Marlon Anderson with two out. But Rocky Biddle retired Bobby Abreu for his first career save. A sacrifice fly by Chicago's Tony Graffanino off Jose Mesa in the ninth tied it at 3.

Red Sox 4, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- Shea Hillenbrand hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally Boston in the first game between the teams.

Hillenbrand, who leads the Red Sox with 11 homers, went deep on an 0-1 pitch from Brian Lawrence (7-4).

Willie Banks (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Rolando Arrojo, striking out one and walking one. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities.

Diamondbacks 6, Orioles 3

PHOENIX -- Brian Anderson won for the first time in 18 regular-season starts and Erubiel Durazo homered and drove in three runs for Arizona.

Damian Miller had two run-scoring doubles and Craig Counsell drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who won their first meeting with the Orioles to improve to 7-3 in interleague play

Anderson (2-6) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Devil Rays 8, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Vaughn and Aubrey Huff had homers as Tampa Bay won in its Pacific Bell Park debut.

The Devil Rays got had back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game winning streak May 18-22.

Joe Kennedy (5-5) allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings. Kennedy was suspended for seven games late last week for throwing at Toronto's Ken Huckaby two starts ago on June 6, is appealing.

National League

Brewers 7, Astros 1

MILWAUKEE -- Ben Sheets pitched a seven-hitter for his second career complete game and knocked in two runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-1 victory Tuesday night over the Houston Astros.

Sheets (4-7), whose start was pushed back one day after a four-inning, 99-pitch performance at Oakland last week, walked three and struck out seven in his first complete game since May 29, 2001, at St. Louis.

Sheets hadn't won since May 9 at Wrigley Field. He had four losses and two no-decisions in his previous six starts.

The Brewers took some time to figure out right-hander Kirk Saarloos, who lost his major league debut. Saarloos didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when Tyler Houston led off with his fifth homer for a 1-0 lead.

But in the fifth, Saarloos gave up five runs and four hits, including an RBI single to Sheets, a .111 hitter.



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