Yankees, Pettitte outduel Martinez

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2000

BOSTON -- The Yankees can do it with pitching and defense, too.

After New York slugged the Red Sox into submission in the series opener, Andy Pettitte outpitched Pedro Martinez and Shane Spencer threw out a runner at the plate to preserve the Yankees' 3-0 win over Boston on Tuesday night.

''To win a game like we did last night, and then beat Pedro tonight,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said, ''if that doesn't do something for our confidence, I don't know what will.''

One night after New York beat Boston 22-1 to snap a four-game losing streak, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill homered off Martinez to give New York a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL East.

''It says a lot about our pitching staff, because we haven't scored a lot of runs off him,'' said Jeter, whose Yankees beat the Red Sox 2-1 last Wednesday in Martinez's last start. ''The way that Andy was pitching, we thought that a couple of runs would be enough.''

Martinez (9-3) allowed just five hits and struck out nine in eight innings, but Pettitte (7-3) came away with the win.

''You can't keep riding Pedro's shoulders,'' Boston catcher Jason Varitek said. ''He's only human.''

Pettitte, who allowed 16 runs in his previous three starts, gave up six hits and two walks, striking out four before leaving with two outs in the eighth. Mariano Rivera got four outs for his 16th save.

Martinez, who came into the game having allowed three homers 91 1-3 innings, had not given up than one homer in a game since Sept. 24, 1998, when he allowed three to Baltimore.

Athletics 8, Orioles 5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ramon Hernandez's three-run homer, Oakland's fourth of the game, capped a four-run eighth as the Athletics rallied to defeat the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday for their seventh straight win -- their longest streak since 1994.

After Matt Stairs' solo shot with two outs in the eighth tied the game at 5, Orioles starter Sidney Ponson (4-4) walked Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez. Calvin Maduro, just off the disabled list, relieved Ponson and allowed Hernandez's homer.

Tigers 18, Blue Jays 6

TORONTO -- Tony Clark hit two of Detroit's club-record eight home runs, leading Detroit past Toronto.

Juan Gonzalez, Juan Encarnacion, Bobby Higginson, Robert Fick, Rich Becker and Deivi Cruz also homered for the Tigers, whose previous best was seven homers on May 28, 1995 against the White Sox.

Indians 4, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- Travis Fryman hit a two-run double in a four-run sixth inning as Cleveland snapped Chicago's eight-game winning streak.

The victory pulled the Indians within 7 1/2 games of the White Sox in the AL Central and was Cleveland's second win in nine games.

Rangers 5, Twins 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers allowed just five hits over eight-plus innings as Texas returned home from their worst road trip in 14 years with a win.

Rogers (6-5), who had two no-decisions in games the Rangers lost during their 1-8 trip, set the Twins down in order in five of the six innings after Minnesota got its first run in the second inning.

Mariners 4, Devil Rays 3

SEATTLE -- Paul Abbott pitched seven strong innings and Rickey Henderson had a two-run single for Seattle.

Abbott (4-2) allowed a two-run homer to Gerald Williams in the fifth inning after the Mariners took a 4-1 lead with an unearned run in the third on shortstop Felix Martinez's throwing error.

Royals 8, Angels 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Sweeney had four hits, including a game-tying RBI single in the ninth, and Joe Randa followed with his second RBI single as Kansas City rallied from three runs down to win.

Randa, Carlos Beltran and Jeff Reboulet each had three hits in a 17-hit attack by the Royals, who snapped their three-game losing streak.

Jose Santiago (6-2) pitched two innings for the win. Ricky Bottalico got three outs for his fifth save in 10 opportunities.

Troy Percival (4-4) blew a save for the fifth time in 22 chances, giving up singles to all four batters he faced.



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