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Indians sweep twin bill from Royals

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Casey Blake homered in both ends of a doubleheader and drove in seven runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Blake had three hits and drove in two runs in the nightcap as the Indians won 8-5. Blake hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs to lead Cleveland to a 10-5 win in the opener.

Matt Lawton and Blake each had two-run homers in the first inning of the nightcap off Kyle Snyder, who left the game after four innings with tightness in the right shoulder. His replacement, Les Walrond (0-2), was tagged for four runs and five hits in just one-third of an inning.

Brian Anderson (5-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings for the win in the nightcap. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 24 chances.

In the opener, Cliff Lee (1-0) got his first major league victory before being shipped back to Triple-A Buffalo. The left-hander, who went six-plus innings and gave up three hits and two unearned runs, had been told he would go right back down after the one start.

Yankees 6, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE Ruben Sierra hit a pivotal three-run homer and Andy Pettitte won his fourth straight start as the New York Yankees won their season-high eighth straight game.

Karim Garcia also homered for the Yankees, who have won 11 of 12 to open up a four-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Baltimore led 4-3 in the seventh when Sidney Ponson (10-5) gave up singles to Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi. B.J. Ryan came in and gave up Sierra's homer.

That made a winner out of Pettitte (9-6), who yielded four runs three earned and 10 hits in six innings.

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 2

DETROIT Mike Maroth gave up two runs over seven innings as Detroit ended a nine-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.

With the victory, the Tigers (19-61) avoided tying the 1904 Washington Senators for the worst 80-game start since 1901.

Maroth (3-12) allowed eight hits and a walk. He struck out four to improve to 2-1 in his last four starts.

Cory Lidle (10-6) lost his second straight start, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on Shannon Stewart's sacrifice fly in the fifth, but Detroit came back with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

White Sox 10, Twins 3

CHICAGO Magglio Ordonez homered twice and Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings to lead Chicago past Minnesota.

Ordonez had a two-run homer in the fifth inning, the 1,000th hit of his career, and added a solo shot in the seventh. He has 14 homers this season.

Garland (6-6) allowed an infield single to Jacque Jones to lead off the game before retiring the next 11 batters. He allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Joe Mays (8-5) lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs seven earned and six hits.

Mariners 3, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Jamie Moyer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on the way to his 11th win of the season as Seattle beat Oakland.

Moyer became the fifth 11-game winner in the majors, and the Mariners moved seven games ahead of the A's in the AL West.

Moyer (11-5) walked Erubiel Durazo in the first before retiring the next 17 batters. Durazo also broke up the no-hit bid with a bloop single into shallow left. Moyer allowed one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out two and walking two.

Jeff Nelson pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Aaron Harang (1-2) gave up six hits and two runs in seven innings.

Rangers 6, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs and Mark Teixeira also homered as Texas beat Anaheim.

John Thomson (5-9) held the defending World Series champs to three runs and three hits over seven innings after going 2-7 with a 6.64 ERA in his previous 11 starts.

Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Ramon Ortiz (9-6) allowed four runs three earned and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

The Rangers won despite a reversed home run call that led to the ejection of third base coach Steve Smith.

Einar Diaz's third-inning drive toward the left-field pole was ruled a home run by third base ump Gary Cederstrom, eliciting outbursts from the Angels' dugout. Manager Mike Scioscia ran toward Cederstrom and implored him to ask for a second opinion, which he got from plate ump Mark Wegner.

Wegner reversed the home-run call in the Angels' favor, resulting in an argument by Smith and Texas manager Buck Showalter.



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