Homers push A-Rod past DiMaggio

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

BALTIMORE Alex Rodriguez passed Joe DiMaggio on the career home run list, connecting twice and driving in five runs Tuesday night in the New York Yankees' 10-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Mike Mussina (8-4) overcame a rocky start to win his seventh straight decision. In his first game since leaving a June 11 outing with a groin injury, he lasted just five innings.

Rodriguez had his 35th multihomer game. He hit a three-run shot off Matt Riley (1-3) in the first inning for career No. 362 to pass DiMaggio. He also hit a two-run drive against Rodrigo Lopez in the seventh to help the Yankees improve to 7-0 against Baltimore this season.

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO The Tampa Bay Devil Rays extended their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games behind homers from Julio Lugo and Carl Crawford.

Devil Rays starter Chad Gaudin was lifted after walking four in the first inning, but four relievers went the rest of the way for a three-hitter.

The Devil Rays (33-34) went 3-19 from April 25 to May 19, but they're a major league-best 23-6 in their last 29 games. Tampa Bay has the longest winning streak in the majors since Arizona won 12 straight last season.

Travis Harper (2-0) allowed two hits in four scoreless innings.

Rangers 10, Mariners 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Ryan Drese pitched eight solid innings and Rod Barajas homered in his third straight game.

Drese (4-4) allowed four hits while matching his longest outing in 51 career starts. He struck out three and walked two.

The Rangers won their fourth straight and are first in the AL West at the latest point in a season since 1999 when they won their last division title. Seattle had won four straight and 10 of 14, but is 9 1/2 games back in last place.

Red Sox 9, Twins 2

BOSTON Nomar Garciaparra hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season to back Curt Schilling.

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit solo homers, and Ortiz also doubled in a run to give him a league-leading 65 RBIs.

Garciaparra missed Boston's first 57 games and was activated June 9 after recovering from Achilles' tendinitis in his right heel.

Schilling (9-4) improved to 5-1 in his last six starts. He's 6-0 at Fenway Park, the first pitcher in the major leagues to win his first six home decisions this season.

Royals 8, Tigers 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Mike Sweeney added a three-run shot, helping Kansas City beat Detroit.

Beltran hit his 14th homer of the year following Tony Graffanino's single off Mike Maroth (5-5). Kansas City has said it might trade the outfielder because he is eligible for free agency after the season.

Angels 6, Athletics 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the eighth inning and five of his teammates drove in runs against Tim Hudson.

The win, coupled with Texas' 10-2 triumph over Seattle, left the Angels a half-game behind the Rangers in the AL West and dropped Oakland a game off the pace. The Athletics have lost seven of eight following an eight-game winning streak.

White Sox 11, Indians 9, 10 innings

CHICAGO Jose Valentin hit a game-ending two-run homer and drove in five runs and Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer after Chicago nearly squandered an eight-run lead.

Jose Jimenez (1-5) hit Thomas to lead off the 10th inning and one out later, Valentin homered to right.

Chicago reliever Shingo Takatsu (4-0) pitched the last two innings and retired the first five batters he faced. Ronnie Belliard singled in the 10th to end Takatsu's streak of batters retired at 29, and Ben Broussard walked before Takatsu struck out Coco Crisp to end it.

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