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Blue Jays beat Boston with big inning

Ramirez's bombs not long enough

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2001

BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez hit a pair of huge home runs but the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Saturday as Homer Bush hit a two-run single in a seven-run second inning.

Boston has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak, cutting its AL East lead over second-place New York in half to two games.

Ramirez hit solo homers in his first two at-bats against Chris Michalek that the Red Sox estimated would have totaled 964 feet if they had kept on going.

Boston said the second drive would have gone 501 feet, likely the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player at Fenway Park behind a 502-foot drive by Ted Williams in 1946.

Yankees 2, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roger Clemens (10-1) became the AL's first 10-game winner, allowing one run and five hits in six-plus innings to send Tampa Bay to its eighth straight loss.

Clemens' 270th victory tied Burleigh Grimes for 28th on the career list.

Scott Brosius hit a solo homer and a go-ahead single in the seventh, making a loser of Jeff Wallace (0-1).

Mike Stanton escaped a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the seventh, and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Tigers 10, Twins 9

DETROIT -- Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run double to cap a four-run seventh. Detroit has won four straight, while Minnesota has lost eight of nine.

Danny Patterson (4-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, and Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 11th save despite allowing RBI singles to Jacque Jones and Denny Hocking.

Jarrod Patterson hit a solo homer and an RBI double.

Athletics 5, Rangers 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez drove home pinch-runner Tim Hudson with a single off the wall in the 10th inning.

A's closer Jason Isringhausen (2-2) got the victory, but he also blew his major league-leading sixth save chance on a two-out homer by Ruben Sierra in the ninth.

Ramon Hernandez led off the 10th with a walk from Francisco Cordero (0-1), who then threw a wild pitch.

White Sox 8, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE -- Tony Graffanino and Paul Konerko homered in a six-run seventh inning.

Jeff Liefer also homered for the White Sox, who rallied from a 3-1 sixth-inning deficit to record their 21st win in 28 games. Ray Durham, who entered in an 0-for-21 skid, hit two doubles, scored twice and drove in a run.

After Liefer hit a solo homer in the sixth off Sidney Ponson (4-5) to get the White Sox within a run, Chicago broke open the game in the seventh with six hits.

Gary Glover (3-1) was the winner.

Royals 3, Indians 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Rocker, acquired a day earlier from Atlanta, met weather and traffic delays and joined the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning a loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Rocker, who did not dress, missed seeing Kansas City's Chad Durbin overcome two early solo home runs to outduel Dave Burba.

Durbin (5-6) pitched through the seventh, scattering six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Roberto Hernandez gave up two hits in the top of the ninth, but earned his 13th save in 16 tries when Einar Diaz grounded into a game-ending double play.

Angels 2, Mariners 1

SEATTLE -- David Eckstein hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, and Pat Rapp and three Anaheim relievers limited Seattle to six hits.

Rapp (2-7) broke a personal four-game losing streak for his first win since May 1. He allowed one run, three hits, struck out two and walked a season-high five in 5 2-3 innings.

Troy Percival got the final four outs for his 18th save in 19 opportunities as the Angels got back to .500 (36-36) for the first time since June 12.



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