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Minus Wells, White Sox still top Twins

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS -- After David Wells left with a strained back, Sean Lowe and three other relievers finished a six-hitter to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.

Wells, who was also forced out in the first inning of his June 8 start against the Chicago Cubs, departed after his warmup pitches before the bottom of the third.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 0

TORONTO -- Sidney Ponson (5-5) pitched a two-hitter for his second career shutout, his first since a four-hitter against Minnesota on April 16, 2000.

Jeff Frye's first-inning single and Brad Fullmer's second-inning double were the lone hits off Ponson.

Royals 9, Tigers 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney homered and doubled twice, increasing his league-leading extra-base hits total to 50, and drove in four runs as Kansas City completed a three-game sweep.

Jermaine Dye also homered off Jeff Weaver (6-8), who gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Athletics 6, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Eric Chavez singled in the tiebreaking run off Brian Fuentes (1-1) in the eighth inning, and Seattle lost consecutive series for the first time this season.

At 56-21, the Mariners have the best record in baseball, but they've dropped six out of nine.

Devil Rays 4, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Bryce Florie returned to the major leagues for the first time since a line drive shattered his face last Sept. 8. He allowed one run and two hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Pinch-hitter Russ Johnson drove in the tiebreaking run with a ninth-inning infield hit off Derek Lowe (3-6) as Tampa Bay gained a four-game split.

Rangers 6, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Darren Oliver won his third straight decision and Mike Lamb went 3-for-4 with an RBI double as the Texas Rangers topped the Anaheim Angels.

Oliver (7-2) beat the Angels for the third time this season in as many starts, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings.

Oliver escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Darin Erstad. The left-hander, whose 4-0 start including victories over Anaheim in his first two outings, struck out three and walked five.

Jeff Zimmerman got three outs for his ninth save in 11 attempts.

Pat Rapp (2-8) was charged with four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.



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