Guerrero walk-off homer wins it for Angels

Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2005


  Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu, bottom, slides after being tagged out at home by Oakland Athletics' Jason Kendall in the fourth inning Saturday, June 18, 2005. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu, bottom, slides after being tagged out at home by Oakland Athletics' Jason Kendall in the fourth inning Saturday, June 18, 2005.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero hit his second home run of the game in the 10th inning, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

The reigning AL MVP tied the score with a shot in the eighth off Jim Mecir, spoiling Dontrelle Willis' bid to become the first 12-game winner in the major leagues.

Willis was pulled by Marlins manager Jack McKeon with a 1-0 lead after scattering 10 hits through seven scoreless innings and stranding five runners in scoring position.

But Guerrero greeted Mecir with a homer to start the eighth. Two innings later, he greeted Todd Jones (1-2) with a leadoff drive into the left-field bullpen on a 3-2 pitch.

It was Guerrero's 10th homer this season and the 21st of his career against the Marlins. The five-time All-Star has eight game-ending homers in his career, the other seven with the Montreal Expos.

Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

Yankees 8, Cubs 1

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter hit his first career grand slam, then added another homer to help New York beat Chicago.

Jeter's slam, a sixth-inning drive to left-center off reliever Joe Borowski, backed a stellar start by rookie Chien-Ming Wang (4-2) as the Yankees extended their winning streak to five.

It was Jeter's first home run in 136 at-bats and 155 plate appearances with the bases loaded. The Yankees captain had the most at-bats with the bases loaded without a slam among current major leaguers, and his 156 homers coming in were the most without a slam by active major leaguers.

With the seventh multihomer game of his career, Jeter tied his career high of five RBIs.

Glendon Rusch (5-3) fell to 0-7 against the Yankees.

The Cubs have lost three straight overall and dropped to 0-6 at Yankee Stadium. They were swept by New York in the World Series in 1932 and 1938 and did not return to the Bronx until Friday night.

Athletics 2, Phillies 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kirk Saarloos recovered from Jimmy Rollins' leadoff homer to pitch Oakland past Philadelphia.

Scott Hatteberg and Dan Johnson each drove in a run for the A's, who held off Philadelphia with excellent defense from center fielder Mark Kotsay. Ricardo Rincon worked two scoreless innings, his longest outing in seven years, and Justin Duchscherer earned his first career save.

The Phillies lost for just the third time in 11 games.

Saarloos (3-4) threw a season-high 6 1-3 innings, scattering nine hits and four walks to win his second consecutive decision. The right-hander allowed baserunners in every inning but was helped by four double plays and some shaky Philadelphia baserunning.

Former A's pitcher Cory Lidle (6-5) took the loss despite 7 2-3 solid innings.

Brewers 5, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO — Ben Sheets outpitched Roy Halladay in a matchup of two-time All-Stars, leading Milwaukee over Toronto.

Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins homered for the Brewers, who have won just two of nine. They held a players-only meeting after Friday night's loss.

Jenkins ended a career-worst 0-for-29 slump with a homer off Miguel Batista in the ninth.

Sheets (3-6) allowed two runs — one earned — and seven hits in eight innings. Tommy Phelps threw one pitch and earned his first major league save, retiring pinch-hitter Alex Rios on a grounder with the bases loaded.

The Brewers scored three runs in the first off Halladay (10-4), the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner. He won seven of his previous eight starts.

Cardinals 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Albert Pujols homered in support of Matt Morris, helping the St. Louis right-hander remain unbeaten with a victory over the Devil Rays.

Morris (8-0) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings and retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. The Devil Rays had one hit — Carl Crawford's eighth-inning triple — after the third.

The victory hiked the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central to a season-high 8 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs. It also moved Tony La Russa into a tie with Bucky Harris for fourth-place on managerial career wins list with 2,157.

Pujols snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer off Mark Hendrickson (2-4) in the fifth. Scott Seabol had an RBI single in the fourth, and So Taguchi tied it with an RBI single before scoring on Pujols' drive into the right-field seats.

Indians 3, Diamondbacks 1

CLEVELAND — Scott Elarton pitched well in his first start in 10 days and Travis Hafner homered as the Indians beat the Diamondbacks to extend their winning streak to eight games.

The Indians have won 11 of 12 since June 4 and have their longest streak since winning 10 in a row in April 2002.

Elarton (4-2) had not pitched since June 8, and fell behind 1-0 in a 24-pitch first inning. He then shut down the Diamondbacks until leaving with one out and one on in the seventh.

Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 19th save in 22 chances.

Hafner hit the first pitch from Brandon Webb (7-3) in the bottom of the second into the Cleveland bullpen in center field for his ninth homer to tie it at 1. The Indians scored two runs in the fifth on Grady Sizemore's RBI double and Coco Crisp's run-scoring grounder.

Orioles 7, Rockies 2

BALTIMORE — Sammy Sosa hit his 583rd home run to tie Mark McGwire for sixth place on the career list, highlighting a six-run fourth inning that carried the Orioles past the Rockies.

Sosa's homer off Byung-Hyun Kim (1-6) was an opposite-field shot that cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right field. He now needs 17 home runs to become the fifth player in major league history to hit 600. After striking out three times Friday, he went 2-for-4 with a double and scored two runs.

Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro singled twice to move within 21 hits of joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players in major league history to have 3,000 hits and 500 homers.

Sidney Ponson (7-4) gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings for the Orioles, who have won four of five.

Tigers 8, Giants 2

DETROIT — Brandon Inge hit a leadoff homer and a two-run double, and Jason Johnson recovered from a rough start to pitch eight strong innings to lead the Tigers past the Giants.

Rondell White also hit a first-inning homer and Craig Shelton drove in two runs — but Johnson (5-5) didn't really need so much help while mowing down the Giants.

After allowing two runs in the first inning thanks to his own throwing error, the right-hander rarely faced trouble. He allowed nine hits and three walks, but pitched at least eight innings for the sixth time in his last seven full starts.

The Tigers got 11 hits off beleaguered left-hander Kirk Rueter (2-6), who has just one win in nine starts since April.

Astros 6, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roy Oswalt pitched eight innings in his second consecutive strong start, and Willy Taveras reached base five times and scored three runs to lead the Astros over the Royals.

Oswalt (8-7) held the Royals to one run and seven hits to earn his first road win since April 15 at Cincinnati and lower his ERA to 2.72.

Taveras had three hits, walked and reached on an error. He is hitting .423 in June.

D.J. Carrasco (2-2) gave up three runs and seven hits with five walks over seven innings for his team-leading sixth quality start.

Padres 7, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Klesko had four hits and three RBIs in support of Brian Lawrence, who pitched the Padres past the Twins to end their five-game losing streak.

Klesko got San Diego started with a solo homer, his 12th, of Brad Radke (5-6) in the first inning. The Padres, just 4-12 in June, finished with 16 hits. Their seven runs, the most they've scored since May 31, gave them 44 for the month.

Robert Fick went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Lawrence (4-6) gave up five hits, two runs and a walk in 7 1-3 innings while striking out three.

Pirates 2, Red Sox 0

BOSTON — Humberto Cota doubled off the Green Monster to score the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox.

Dave Williams and two relievers combined to snap Boston's five-game winning streak and hand the Red Sox their first shutout of the season. Boston had been the last team in the majors to score in every game.

Rick White (3-3) allowed one hit and struck out one in two innings, and Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 18th save. Pittsburgh had lost its last 10 games in AL parks since June 15, 2003.

Facing the team that watched him became a rookie phenom in 1992, Tim Wakefield pitched seven shutout innings. But Alan Embree (1-4) relieved him to start the eighth.

White Sox 5, Dodgers 3

CHICAGO — A.J. Pierzynski's two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Dodgers to win their third straight.

Carl Everett and Aaron Rowand had RBI singles in the ninth off Dodgers closer Yhency Brazoban, who is filling in for the injured Eric Gagne. The loss was a season-high fifth straight for Los Angeles, and it spoiled an impressive return by Elmer Dessens.

Dessens, who hadn't pitched since April 19 because of a bone spur in his right shoulder, gave up only an unearned run and two hits in six innings. Duaner Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the lead, but Brazoban (2-2) couldn't hold it.

It was Brazoban's third blown save in 14 chances. Cliff Politte (4-0) got the victory with a scoreless inning.

Rangers 7, Nationals 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mark Teixeira hit two of Texas' four home runs — all in the first two innings — and the Rangers beat the Nationals.

Teixeira had a two-run homer in each of the first two innings, and later added a double. His second homer of the game and 19th of the season gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead against Tony Armas (3-4).

Alfonso Soriano and Gary Matthews Jr. also connected for Texas, which has won five of six since a season-long five-game losing streak. Teixeira had his third multihomer game this season and the seventh of his career. He and Soriano are tied with three other players for the major league with 19 homers.

Mariners 4, Mets 1

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners finally solved Pedro Martinez.

The Mariners beat Martinez for the first time in 14 starts, scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning in a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Martinez (7-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, falling to 13-1 all-time against the Mariners. He had been 6-0 with a 0.77 ERA at Safeco Field, and was holding Seattle to a .164 batting average in his career.

Ryan Franklin (3-8) allowed a run and five hits in eight innings to win for the first time since May 8 in Boston. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances. He is tied with Cleveland's Bob Wickman for the AL lead.

National League

CINCINNATI — Age-defying Julio Franco had his first two-homer game since 1996, and Andruw Jones extended his tear with a solo shot Saturday night, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The 46-year-old Franco had a solo homer and a two-run shot off Eric Milton (3-9), giving him five for the season. Jones took the NL lead with his 19th homer, his seventh in eight days.

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