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Wells chalks up No. 12 for Jays

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

TORONTO -- David Wells became baseball's first 12-game winner and Tony Batista homered twice as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Thursday night.

Wells (12-2) has won five straight decisions. The 37-year-old left-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in seven innings.

Batista, acquired from Arizona last season, has 44 home runs and 133 RBIs in 163 games with the Blue Jays. He hit a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth to raise his total to 18 this season.

The Blue Jays have homered in a club-record 20 straight games.

Hideo Nomo (2-7) pitched his first complete game since Aug. 26, 1998, when he was with the Mets.

Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra had a pair of doubles to raise his major league-leading batting average to .396, and Ramon Martinez pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to lead the Red Sox over the Yankees.

After losing the first two games of the series by a combined score of 25-1, the Red Sox won the final two to retake the AL East lead, a half-game ahead of the Yankees and Toronto.

Bernie Williams homered for the third consecutive game for New York.

Martinez (6-4) rebounded from one of his worst starts of the season to hold New York to two runs on four hits, striking out a season-high seven batters.

Twins 3, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Butch Huskey scored from second as a teammate was caught in a rundown in the ninth inning, lifting Minnesota over Texas.

Huskey doubled off Tim Crabtree (1-4) leading off the ninth before pinch-hitter Denny Hocking walked. Chad Moeller grounded to second base and Hocking avoided the tag of Frank Catalanotto, who threw to first to retire Moeller. Hocking was caught in a rundown on first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's throw to second, but Huskey alertly rounded third and slid under the tag of Ivan Rodriguez for the winning run.

White Sox 6, Indians 0

CHICAGO -- Cal Eldred pitched his first shutout in three years and extended his winning streak to seven games as the White Sox salvaged a split in the four-game series.

The White Sox, who had lost two straight after an eight-game winning streak, bounced back and moved 7 1/2 games ahead of the Indians in the AL Central.

Eldred (9-2), who hasn't lost in eight starts since May 10, beat the Indians for the third time this season. He allowed seven hits and struck out six. Chuck Finley (5-5) was the loser.

Royals 4, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Belcher limited Kansas City to one hit in the first six innings for his first win in eight career decisions against the Royals.

Belcher (2-0), in his second start following a stint on the disabled list, gave up three runs and three hits in six-plus innings.

Anaheim's Bengie Molina's two-run homer tied it at 2 in the second, and the Angels took a 4-2 lead with in the third against Jay Witasick (1-7), who was hurt when left fielder Johnny Damon allowed Darin Erstad's leadoff single through his legs for a two-base error.

Mariners 11, Orioles 4

SEATTLE -- Jay Buhner got Seattle started with a three-run homer in the second inning, and Jamie Moyer (6-2) beat Baltimore for the 10th straight time.

Edgar Martinez hit a grand slam in the eighth off Buddy Groom, giving him a major league-leading 77 RBIs. It was his 21st homer of the year, his second grand slam this season and sixth of his career.

The Mariners, swept in a three-game series in Baltimore in May, won their third in a row and fifth in six games. The Orioles dropped their sixth straight.

The Mariners took a 3-1 lead in the second off Jason Johnson (0-6) on Buhner's 13th homer of the season following singles by Edgar Martinez and John Olerud.



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