A's win battle of Bay II

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO Eric Byrnes hit for the cycle, and Mark Mulder became the majors' fourth 11-game winner as the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday in the finale of the Bay Bridge Series.

Byrnes matched the A's franchise record with five hits. He singled in the first, doubled in the second and seventh, homered in the fifth and tripled in the ninth inning when Carlos Valderrama misplayed his sinking liner in center field.

Byrnes, a Giants fan while growing up in the Bay area, became the 260th major league player to hit for the cycle and the 16th in franchise history. He is the first to do it at Pacific Bell Park.

Mulder (11-5) allowed six hits and one run over seven sharp innings as the A's evened the season series at three wins apiece. Keith Foulke got his 21st save in 24 chances.

Giants rookie Jesse Foppert (4-7) struggled for the fourth time in his last five starts.

Cubs 5, White Sox 2

CHICAGO Kerry Wood quieted the Chicago White Sox and their rowdy fans, helping the Cubs snap their season-long four-game losing skid.

Moises Alou and Jose Hernandez homered off Esteban Loaiza (11-3) as the Cubs avoided a three-game sweep in the heated crosstown series. The White Sox won the previous two games in their final at-bat.

Wood (8-5) won for the fourth time in five starts after going the entire month of May without a victory. He gave up two runs on four hits in eight innings, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh for his first win in six career starts against the White Sox.

The hard-throwing right-hander struck out seven to increase his major league-leading total to 143.

Expos 10, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Tomo Ohka pitched a two-hitter and Ron Calloway drove in four runs as Montreal beat Toronto.

Ohka (7-7) didn't allow a hit until Carlos Delgado's RBI double with two outs in the seventh. He struck out four and walked none in his first complete game this season.

Mike Bordick hit an RBI single in the eighth for Toronto's only other hit. Both Blue Jays runs were unearned.

Kelvim Escobar (5-5) loaded the bases in the second inning before Calloway hit a two-run single. Jose Vidro added a solo homer for Montreal.

Angels 3, Dodgers 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Aaron Sele scattered four hits over five shutout innings and Darin Erstad hit a two-run single as Anaheim beat Los Angeles to sweep the Freeway Series.

The slumping Dodgers lost for the sixth time in seven games. They scored just two runs in the three losses at Anaheim.

The Angels, who won the season series 4-2, scored three runs in the second inning off Odalis Perez (5-6).

Sele (4-6) ran his career record against the Dodgers to 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five starts. Scot Shields pitched two hitless innings, and Troy Percival gave up a homer to Mike Kinkade in the ninth before finishing for his 16th save in 17 chances and third in a row against Los Angeles.

Diamondbacks 5, Tigers 3, 10 inn.

DETROIT Robby Hammock's two-run homer in the 10th inning lifted Arizona to a victory over Detroit, extending its franchise-record winning streak to 11 games.

Hammock also had an RBI single and Steve Finley homered for the Diamondbacks, who sent Detroit to its ninth straight loss and 21st in 23 games.

The Tigers (18-61) are the first team in baseball history to lose 60 games before July 1, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician. The 1996 Tigers came closest previously, losing their 60th game on July 2. That team finished 53-109.

Eddie Oropesa (2-1) got the win with two innings of shutout relief and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect 10th for his ninth save in nine tries.

Chris Spurling (0-1) took the first loss of his career.

Indians 3, Reds 1

CLEVELAND Rookie right-hander Jason Davis pitched 7 2-3 sharp innings and Cleveland defeated Cincinnati.

Davis (7-6) was helped by a sensational catch by center fielder Milton Bradley, who robbed Adam Dunn of an extra-base hit in the eighth inning. Danys Baez earned his 18th save.

Cleveland took two of three in the series, but won for just the third time in its last nine games. The Reds have lost seven of nine.

Dunn's 23rd homer in the sixth pulled Cincinnati to 3-1.

Braves 2, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Russ Ortiz pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Andruw Jones broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth, leading Atlanta over Tampa Bay.

Ortiz (10-4) struck out four and walked two in 7 2-3 innings. John Smoltz got four outs to finish the three-hitter and earn his 29th save in 31 opportunities.

Jones put the Braves up 1-0 with an RBI single off Jorge Sosa (1-6). Javy Lopez added an RBI single in the ninth.

The Devil Rays finished 5-21 in June, the most losses in a month for Lou Piniella in his 17-year managerial career. The 21 losses also set a team record for a month.

Tampa Bay went 3-15 in interleague play, establishing a major league mark for the most defeats.

Phillies 4, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE Jose Mesa became Philadelphia's career saves leader, cementing a victory over Baltimore to cap a three-game sweep.

Mesa got three outs for his 17th save of the season and 104th with Philadelphia since joining the team in November 2000. He broke the mark held by Steve Bedrosian, who had 103 saves from 1986-89.

It was the first save since June 9 for Mesa.

Jim Thome hit his second homer in two games to help the Phillies to their season-high fifth straight win. Kevin Millwood (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings to snap a three-game skid.

Rick Helling (5-6) gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings.

Cardinals 13, Royals 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Albert Pujols hit two solo homers and drove in three runs as St. Louis beat Kansas City.

Pujols went 4-for-6, raising his major league-leading average to .391. Both of his home runs came off Chris George (9-5), who gave up 10 runs on 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Jim Edmonds also drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who wore vintage uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars on Negro Leagues Day at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals wore uniforms of the 1924 Kansas City Monarchs.

Brett Tomko (4-5) went seven innings for the win.

Rangers 8, Astros 5

HOUSTON Rafael Palmeiro connected for his 509th career home run and Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple as Texas rallied past Houston.

Palmeiro's leadoff homer in the seventh tied it at 3, tying him with Sammy Sosa for 17th on the career list. In the eighth, Rodriguez tripled off Octavio Dotel (6-3) over center fielder Craig Biggio's head.

Rosman Garcia (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league victory. Ugueth Urbina got one out for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Red Sox 11, Marlins 7

BOSTON Gabe Kapler had two homers and four RBIs, and Todd Walker also hit two home runs as Boston beat Florida.

Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek added solo shots for the Red Sox, who finished their homestand 6-1. Derek Lowe (9-3) matched a career high by winning his sixth straight decision.

Brad Penny (6-6) gave up nine runs and nine hits in five innings.

Twins 5, Brewers 4, 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS Luis Rivas scored from second base on Cristian Guzman's infield single with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Minnesota a come-from-behind victory over Milwaukee.

Rivas singled with one out off closer Mike DeJean (2-5) and stole second. Guzman then hit a chopper to Richie Sexson and beat the first baseman's flip to DeJean covering. Rivas slid home safely.

LaTroy Hawkins (5-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the Twins, who moved into a first-place tie with Kansas City in the AL Central.

Minnesota rallied for two runs in the ninth off DeJean on pinch-hitter Justin Morneau's RBI single and Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly.

Padres 8, Mariners 6

SEATTLE Rondell White tied it with a one-out grand slam and pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning as San Diego rallied to beat Seattle.

Mark Loretta hit four singles for the Padres, who won two of three against the Mariners for the second time in two weeks. White hit a game-winning grand slam off Seattle's Jeff Nelson on June 20.

Rod Beck (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Jay Witasick got his second save.

The Mariners led 6-2 going into the ninth, poised to close out Freddy Garcia's career-high seventh straight victory. Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer for Seattle.

Arthur Rhodes (1-1), who hadn't allowed a run in 16 innings, failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the ninth.

Pirates 9, Rockies 0

PITTSBURGH Matt Stairs homered and drove in four runs and Jeff Suppan pitched Pittsburgh's first complete game in more than a year as the Pirates beat Colorado.

Kenny Lofton and Jason Kendall sparked all of Pittsburgh's scoring against starter Shawn Chacon (11-4) by reaching base in three of the first four innings. Chacon was trying to become the majors' first 12-game winner, but left trailing 6-0 after four innings.

Suppan (6-7) pitched a four-hitter for the Pirates' first complete-game shutout of the season. They have two shutouts by multiple pitchers.

Yankees 5, Mets 3

NEW YORK Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada homered in a rapid-fire third inning, leading Jeff Weaver and the New York Yankees over the Mets for a season sweep of the Subway Series.

The largest crowd of the season at Yankee Stadium 55,444 saw the Yankees finish 6-0 against their city rivals. The Yankees tied their longest winning streak of the year at seven and reached the halfway mark at 51-30.

Mets manager Art Howe was ejected for the first time this season as his team lost its fifth straight and ninth in 10 games.

Bounced in and out of the rotation lately, Weaver (4-6) had been 0-4 in six starts since his last victory on May 15. Upset after being tagged for a three-run homer by Jeromy Burnitz in the first inning, Weaver quickly regained his composure and at one point retired 14 batters in a row.

Al Leiter (8-5) gave up three homers in an inning for the first time in his career. They came in a span of only 10 pitches and accounted for the Yankees' runs.

Chris Hammond worked a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

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