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Devil Rays bounce back against Yanks

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005

NEW YORK — Nick Green hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Scott Kazmir pitched seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rebounded from an embarrassing defeat with a 5-3 victory Wednesday over the New York Yankees.

Less than 18 hours after allowing 13 runs in the eighth inning of a 20-11 loss, the last-place Devil Rays improved to 6-3 against the Yankees, who got another home run from Gary Sheffield but little else.

Jonny Gomes hit a two-run shot for Tampa Bay, which is 3-2 at Yankee Stadium this season and 4-27 in all other road games.

With the Yankees leading 3-2 in the seventh, Carl Pavano (4-6) issued a leadoff walk to Gomes. Two outs later, the right-hander hit Toby Hall with a pitch for the second time.

White Sox 5, Royals 1

CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle won his career-high eighth straight decision, and Carl Everett backed him with a three-run homer to lead Chicago to its seventh straight victory.

Buehrle (9-1) allowed five hits, his scoreless streak ending at 25 1-3 innings when the Royals scored an unearned run in the eighth. He walked one and struck out six in eight innings.

Everett had two hits, and two of Paul Konerko's three hits were doubles.

Red Sox 5, Indians 4

CLEVELAND — Edgar Renteria's RBI double in the ninth inning off Bob Wickman helped Boston complete a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Red Sox staged their 20th come-from-behind win of the season and completed their first sweep at Jacobs Field since May 1999.

Boston has won four straight and nine of 10, and the defending World Series champions are 11 games over .500 (41-30) for the first time this season.

Renteria and John Olerud hit solo homers and Keith Foulke (5-3) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for Boston.

Tigers 8, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Robertson pitched Detroit's second complete game in a row and Omar Infante had a home run and three RBIs to lead the Tigers over the slumping Twins.

The Tigers roughed up Twins starter Joe Mays (3-3), scoring six runs on eight hits in just four innings, snapping Mays' eight-game winning streak against Detroit and extending the Twins' losing streak to a season-high four games.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2

TORONTO — Pete Walker won as a starter for the first time since 2002, leading Toronto over Baltimore.

Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro hit his 561st career homer, two from tying Reggie Jackson for ninth on the all-time list. Palmeiro is also 17 hits shy of 3000.

Walker (3-0) pitched in Japan last year and was working out of the bullpen this season before being inserted into the rotation because David Bush and Chad Gaudin were struggling. Walker allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win as a starter since Sept. 27, 2002, against Detroit. He struck out three and walked none.

Angels 6, Rangers 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jarrod Washburn combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and Los Angeles dealt Kenny Rogers his first loss in 10 decisions to complete a three-game sweep.

Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina homered for the Angels, who have won seven of nine this season against the Rangers.

Texas is a season-worst 4 1/2 games out of first following its 10th loss in 15 games.

Mariners 5, Athletics 4

SEATTLE — Richie Sexson's RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning gave the Mariners the victory.

Oakland took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th but the Mariners scored two unearned runs in their half of the inning. With one out, Pat Borders singled off Ryan Glynn (0-4). Ichiro Suzuki hit a grounder that Glynn fielded, but shortstop Bobby Crosby did not handle the pitcher's throw for an error on a fielder's choice.

Randy Winn's single scored Borders from second to tie the score. Sexson's third hit of the game scored Suzuki from second to end the game that lasted 3 hours, 59 minutes.

Eddie Guardado (1-1) got the victory although he gave up an RBI double to Eric Byrnes with two outs in the top of the 12th.

Seattle forced extra innings when rookie Mike Morse's two-run single with two outs in the ninth off Justin Duchschere tied the game 3-3.

In the top of the 12th, Eric Chavez, who was 4-for-6 with two doubles, singled to center with one out off Guardado, the sixth Seattle pitcher. Chavez went to second on a groundout and stole third before Byrnes, who was 0-for-8 in his career against Guardado, doubled down the right-field line.

It was the first run allowed by Guardado in 15 appearances.

Glynn, Oakland's sixth pitcher, worked two innings.

Oakland broke a scoreless tie in the sixth when Jason Kendall singled, stole second, went to third on catcher Rene Rivera's throwing error and scored on Chavez's double over the bag past sprawling third baseman Adrian Beltre.

The A's made it 2-0 in the seventh when Byrnes tripled off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field and rookie Dan Johnson hit a line drive that right fielder Ichiro Suzuki caught on the run on the warning track for a sacrifice fly.

Sexson led off Seattle's seventh with his 16th homer, a 411-foot shot to center that cut Oakland's lead to 2-1.

Oakland made it 3-1 in the eighth on an infield single by Mark Kotsay, a walk, a flyout and Bobby Kielty's sacrifice fly.

Oakland starter Barry Zito pitched 7 1-3 innings, giving up one run and four hits.

Seattle starter Jamie Moyer also went 7 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.

Notes: After being benched for four games to work on mechanics with hitting coach Don Baylor, Boone returned and went 1-for-4. Manager Mike Hargrove said Boone would stay in the lineup.



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