Error on grounder to first helps Yanks win

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2004

NEW YORK Eighteen years later, a grounder to first base did in the Boston Red Sox again. This New York setting was far less dramatic than when Bill Buckner made his infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but the play was eerily similar.

David Ortiz made a key error that allowed New York to tie game in the seventh inning, and Gary Sheffield's RBI double in the eighth sent the Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

The Yankees have won the first two matchups of the three-game series to open a season-high 7 1/2-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Tigers 12, Indians 5

DETROIT Ivan Rodriguez had three more hits and the Detroit Tigers won their sixth in a row for their longest winning streak since they took six straight in May 2002.

Detroit overcame a three-run deficit and improved to 37-39. Last year, when the Tigers set an AL record with 119 losses, they didn't get their 37th win until Sept. 4.

Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena homered for Detroit, which won its previous three on game-ending home runs.

Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rey Sanchez hit his first conventional home run in over two years, and Dewon Brazelton threw five shutout innings for the Devil Rays.

Sanchez's second homer of the season a three-run shot came during a five-run, fourth inning that gave the Devil Rays a 5-0 lead.

It was Sanchez's 15th career homer in his 4,684th at-bat, and his first home run into the stands since April 30, 2002, at Boston. He went 745 at-bats without a home run before an inside-the-park, walk-off homer June 11 in an 8-7, 10-inning win over Colorado.

White Sox 9, Twins 6

MINNEAPOLIS Freddy Garcia got plenty of run support from his new team, winning his debut with the Chicago White Sox.

Paul Konerko, Jose Valentin, Joe Crede and Aaron Rowand backed Garcia with home runs, and the White Sox moved one game ahead of the Twins in the AL Central two in the loss column.

Acquired Sunday in a trade with Seattle to solidify Chicago's rotation for the playoff race, Garcia (5-7) gave up seven hits and five runs four earned in six innings while striking out a season-high nine.

Orioles 13, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Newly promoted Chad Mottola hit his first major league home run since 1996, and Miguel Tejada and David Newhan also connected in the Orioles' romp.

Every Orioles starter scored as they matched a season high for runs.

Javy Lopez was 4-for-4, scored three times and drove in a run. Melvin Mora, who had missed 10 games with a foot injury, was 2-for-4 and raised his average to .357 and Jerry Hairston had three hits.

Athletics 4, Angels 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Slumping Marco Scutaro hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning for the Athletics.

Scutaro, who's batting just .161 over his last 15 games, singled to right against Scot Shields (5-2) to snap an 0-for-8 skid and give Oakland its fifth win in seven games.

Chad Bradford (4-4) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win and Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his second save in three opportunities since being acquired from Houston in a three-team trade last Thursday.

Rangers 9, Mariners 6

SEATTLE Kenny Rogers became the first 11-game winner in the majors, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer, and the Rangers held on to beat the Mariners.

Rogers (11-2), who hasn't lost since May 9, won his seventh straight decision. He faced one batter in the sixth, allowing three runs on six hits and struck out three.

Texas was 22 games behind first-place Seattle at this point last season, but the AL West-leading Rangers (44-31) are only one game behind the best start in team history after 75 games, set in 1996.

Francisco Cordero came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, and gave up a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki before getting Randy Winn to line out to left. It was Cordero's 24th save in 26 chances.

Rookie Clint Nageotte (1-4) lost his third straight start in his fifth big league appearance.

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