Devil Rays snap five-game losing streak

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Victor Zambrano allowed five hits in seven innings and Damian Rolls homered twice off Roger Clemens as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to stop a five-game losing streak Monday night.

Zambrano (4-4), who pitched eight scoreless innings against the Yankees last week in a game in which Clemens took a no-hitter into the eighth, struck out six and walked four after falling behind 1-0 on Alfonso Soriano's 20th homer on the first pitch of the game.

Red Sox 3, Tigers 1

BOSTON Tim Wakefield pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a back injury, and Kevin Millar homered and drove in two runs to help Boston beat Detroit.

Wakefield (6-3) was listed as day to day after straining his lower back while running to cover first base in the fifth inning. He struck out the side in the sixth, then left after throwing a ball to A.J. Hinch on the first pitch of the seventh.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run double in the ninth inning and Oakland sent Texas to its eighth straight loss.

The Rangers have dropped 20 of 22, their worst stretch since going 2-21 in September 1972. Texas lost nine straight earlier this season, from May 30-June 8.

Blue Jays 13, Orioles 4

TORONTO Carlos Delgado increased his major league-leading RBI total to 80, and Shannon Stewart had three hits and a homer in his return from the disabled list as Toronto beat Baltimore.

Delgado went 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs for the Blue Jays, who have won six of seven to move within one game of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. Toronto is 12 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 13, 1999.

National League

Diamondbacks 7, Astros 6

PHOENIX Luis Gonzalez broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run triple, Quinton McCracken added a bases-loaded triple, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off the Houston Astros in the ninth Monday night, their season-high sixth straight victory.

After the Astros rallied for four runs in the ninth to cut it to 7-6, Brady Raggio retired Richard Hidalgo on a grounder with two on for his first career save.

Expos 3, Pirates 0

MONTREAL Rookie Claudio Vargas allowed three hits in eight innings and Edwards Guzman hit his first homer in nearly two years, leading Montreal past Pittsburgh.

Making his 11th start since he was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton on April 24, Vargas (4-3) allowed singles to Aramis Ramirez and pitcher Jeff Suppan, and a double to Matt Stairs.

Rockies 5, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO Colorado's Shawn Chacon became the NL's first 11-game winner with his second win in five days against the Padres.

Chacon (11-3) held San Diego to four hits in seven innings to win his third straight start and seventh of eight. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts and walked one.

Giants 3, Dodgers 2

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds stole the 500th base of his career and scored on Benito Santiago's single in the 11th inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Monday night.

Bonds led off by drawing a walk from Los Angeles closer Eric Gagne (1-2). He became the first player ever with 500 stolen bases and 500 homers, taking second without a throw.

After a brief delay while Bonds uprooted the base and waved to the crowd, Andres Galarraga struck out. Santiago then singled to left, and Bonds sprinted home to wrap up the Giants' fourth straight home victory.

Felix Rodriguez (3-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.

The Dodgers trailed 2-0 before scraping out two unearned runs in the ninth against Giants closer Tim Worrell.

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