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Twins best Red Sox in 10th inning

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2004

BOSTON Lew Ford hit a sacrifice fly following a two-base error by Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Thursday.

Leading off the 10th, Garciaparra fielded Cristian Guzman's grounder up the middle and fired the ball into the Boston dugout.

Guzman took third on Jose Offerman's sacrifice, then scored on Ford's fly to left fielder Manny Ramirez.

Grant Balfour (2-0) got the win and Joe Nathan finished for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Keith Foulke (2-1) took the loss. Boston has lost four of five.

Boston's David Ortiz homered and drove in three to take the AL lead in RBIs with 68.

Devil Rays 19, Blue Jays 13

TORONTO A day after their club-record 12 game winning streak ended, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays set team records for runs and hits in a game.

Jose Cruz. Jr., Carl Crawford and Geoff Blum homered for the Devil Rays, who finished with 24 hits, three more than their previous mark. The old club record for runs was 15.

Julio Lugo went 5-for-7 to set a team record for hits, and Tampa Bay tied its record with 11 walks.

Cruz, Crawford, Lugo and Rey Sanchez each drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who have won 16 of 19.

John Halama (4-1) won despite allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings. Rob Bell pitched the last four innings for his first save, despite allowing four homers.

Ted Lilly (6-4) gave up six runs and nine hits in three-plus innings.

White Sox 7, Indians 1

CHICAGO Jose Valentin hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the White Sox tacked on four runs in the eighth.

Chicago's fifth starters had been 0-8 this season before Jon Rauch (1-1) limited the Indians to one run in five innings. He gave up six hits, and White Sox relievers held Cleveland hitless.

Jake Westbrook (6-4) pitched six innings, allowing just four hits and no earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

Tigers 12, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ivan Rodriguez had three doubles, a single and four RBIs to help the Detroit Tigers stop a five-game losing streak.

Rodriguez raised his league-leading average to .373 with his fourth four-hit game of the season. He is batting .478 in his last 23 games with 10 doubles, three homers and 21 RBIs.

Nate Robertson (6-3) combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, and Brandon Inge and Bobby Higginson had three hits each for Detroit.

Robertson won his fourth straight decision, allowing three runs, four hits and four walks in six innings. He gave up a solo home runs to Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney.

Chris George (1-1) was hit hard, allowing nine runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings.

Rangers 9, Mariners 7

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer off Jamie Moyer (6-3) in the 18th inning, ending the longest major league game since St. Louis beat Florida 7-6 in 20 innings on April 27 last year. It also matched the longest game in Rangers history.

Brian Shouse (1-0) got two outs for his first win in 106 career games, a major league record for most appearances without a victory.

Texas, which has won a season-high six straight, overcame a 5-1 deficit and tied the game at 7 on Mark Teixeira's RBI single in the ninth.

Athletics 2, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Mark Mulder matched his career best by winning his seventh straight decision, and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer for Oakland.

Mulder (9-2) pitched his major league-leading fourth complete game, allowing four hits. He struck out four and walked three. Mulder is unbeaten in 10 starts since April 28.

The home run was Dye's 14th this season and only the second allowed by reliever Scot Shields (5-1) in 46 2-3 innings.

Yankees 5, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter homered to back a solid pitching of Javier Vazquez, and New York handed Sidney Ponson his seventh straight defeat.

Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the third inning to tie the game, and Jeter gave the Yankees the lead for good with a two-run drive off Ponson (3-10) in the fifth.

Vazquez (8-5) allowed two runs in the first inning, then blanked the Orioles over the next six. The right-hander, who allowed nine hits, is 5-1 in his last seven starts.

Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 29 chances.



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