Tigers get to Yankees bullpen

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2001

DETROIT -- Bobby Higginson and Robert Fick homered and Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run triple as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-2 Wednesday night.

On the day after a deal to add Montreal closer Ugueth Urbina to New York's struggling bullpen fell through, the Yankees were shown why they need to acquire help.

Relievers Randy Choate, Ramiro Mendoza and Mike Stanton each allowed runs that helped the Tigers build a 5-1 lead. The Yankees fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Chris Holt (6-5) gave up two runs in 7 1-3 innings to win his second straight start. Matt Anderson got his sixth save.

Indians 4, Twins 2

CLEVELAND -- Ellis Burks' fourth homer in two games, a tiebreaking two-run shot, gave Cleveland a victory over first-place Minnesota, stopping the Indians' five-game losing streak.

Burks, who hit three solo homers in Cleveland's 10-9 loss in 12 innings Tuesday, broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth by connecting off Joe Mays (8-5) for his 18th homer -- and fourth in seven at-bats.

Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dante Bichette homered and drove in four runs as Boston beat Tampa Bay for the eighth straight time.

Bichette's three-run homer off Travis Phelps highlighted a six-run eighth inning that enabled the Red Sox to pull away. He also hit an RBI single off Ryan Rupe (4-6) in the fourth.

Rich Garces (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings in relief of David Cone to get the win. Boston improved to 8-0 against Tampa Bay and have outscored the Devil Rays 60-16 in those games.

White Sox 2, Royals 1

CHICAGO -- Carlos Lee's eighth-inning home run against reliever Jason Grimsley (0-3) gave Chicago the victory over Kansas City.

Jon Garland (3-3) pitched three hitless innings in relief of starter Rocky Biddle to get the win. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

The White Sox have won 19 of 25 games with seven straight and 12 of 13 at home. The three-game sweep was the first at home for Chicago against Kansas City since June 25-27, 1997.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE -- Pinch-hitter Brian Simmons drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as Toronto ended a four-game skid.

Jay Gibbons homered in a fourth consecutive game for the Orioles, who were denied a three-game sweep.

Darrin Fletcher homered and Carlos Delgado had two hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Angels 4, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Anaheim starter Ramon Ortiz shut down Texas again, pitching seven strong innings in the Angels' win.

Since beating the Rangers in his first two starts this season, Ortiz (5-5) had lost five of seven decisions. Ortiz scattered nine hits and didn't have a strikeout. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Kenny Rogers (3-4), who hadn't lost in seven starts since May 6, gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

Athletics 6, Mariners 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to give the Oakland the victory over Seattle.

Oakland beat the majors' best team with an astonishing blast from Chavez, who had just one hit in his previous 20 at-bats.

Jason Giambi and Terrence Long singled in the ninth against Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki (0-3), who blew his fourth save chance of the season.

Mark Guthrie (5-1) got the final two outs of the ninth for the A's, who won for just the second time in seven games.

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