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Twins snap four-game skid

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Silva pitched his second complete game, working around nine hits and spurring the Minnesota Twins out of their slump with a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

The Twins took advantage of Jason Johnson's bases-loaded wild pitch in the first and ended a four-game losing streak. Matthew LeCroy homered and drove in three runs as Minnesota won for only the fourth time in 13 games.

Chris Shelton had three hits, including a home run, for the Tigers, who had won four straight and seven of eight.

Silva (6-3) struck out two without a walk. Johnson (5-6) gave up six runs — five earned — and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Athletics 5, Mariners 0

SEATTLE — Kirk Saarloos (4-4) pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout.

Saarloos tied his career high with seven strikeouts and walked none. His only previous complete game was a six-hit shutout for Houston over Pittsburgh July 25, 2002.

Scott Hatteberg had four hits for the eighth time in his career, and Oakland finished with 16 hits.

Ryan Franklin (3-9) allowed five runs and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Devil Rays 9, Yankees 4

NEW YORK — Jorge Cantu hit a pair of two-run homers, and Tampa Bay won its first series at Yankee Stadium since Sept. 24-27, 1999, improving to 7-3 overall against New York this year.

Damon Hollins added a three-run double as Tampa Bay took three of four from the Yankees. The Devil Rays are 8-29 on the road but half those wins have been at Yankee Stadium, where they are 4-2. They do not have a winning record in any other ballpark, including their own, where they are 18-18.

Mark Hendrickson (3-4) won for the first time in five starts, allowing four runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings. With Tampa Bay ahead 6-4, Danys Baez got Ruben Sierra to hit into an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded in the eighth and finished for his 12th save.

Chien-Ming Wang (4-3) allowed six runs — five earned — in six innings with three walks and a hit batter.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2

TORONTO — Roy Halladay beat Baltimore for the first time this season.

Halladay (11-4) entered 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in two outings against the Orioles. But the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner looked better against them this time, allowing two runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Halladay struck out eight and walked none, lowering his ERA to 2.41.

His two defeats to Baltimore were the only losses he suffered in his first 12 starts. He was 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his other 10 outings.

Orlando Hudson had three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took three of four from the first-place Orioles to move within 5 1/2 games. Toronto is fourth in the AL East.

Sidney Ponson (7-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.42.

Baltimore's Miguel Tejada hit an RBI grounder in the first, but Toronto scored twice in the second on Gregg Zaun's RBI single and Hudson's run-scoring single.

The Blue Jays added four runs in the sixth on Alex Rios' RBI single, Hudson's two-run double and Russ Adams' sacrifice fly.

Tejada hit an RBI single in the eighth, cutting Toronto's lead to 6-2.

Toronto rookie third baseman Aaron Hill robbed Rafael Palmeiro of extra bases with a diving, over the shoulder catch in shallow left field in the sixth. Moments later, Hill led off the bottom of the inning with a first-pitch single.

Notes: Baltimore RHP Jason Grimsley will make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Bowie. Grimsley had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Oct. 12. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons said he spoke to CF Vernon Wells, who was lackadaisical while allowing Tejada to stretch a single into a double in the first inning of Wednesday's game. ''We handle that our own way,'' Gibbons said. Asked for specifics, Gibbons said it was ''team business.''



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