Kansas City gives Indians the Royals treatment

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

CLEVELAND -- Mike Sweeney, Carlos Beltran and Raul Ibanez all homered for the third consecutive game as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Cleveland Indians 13-11 Sunday for their season-high sixth straight win.

Beltran had four RBIs and has combined with Sweeney and Ibanez for 11 homers and 23 RBIs while hitting .467 (16-for-35) in the first three games of the four-game series.

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0

TORONTO -- Rolando Arrojo, Rod Beck and Derek Lowe combined on a two-hitter to lead Boston over Toronto.

Arrojo (2-2), in his first start since replacing injured Pedro Martinez in Boston's rotation, allowed only Alex Gonzalez's leadoff single to center in the seventh. Shannon Stewart added a one-out single in the ninth off Lowe.

Yankees 6, Devil Rays 1

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte was commanding in his first start back from the disabled list, pitching seven sharp innings to lead New York past Tampa Bay.

Pettitte (8-4), sidelined since June 15 with a groin injury, gave up five hits and the lone run as New York won for the seventh time in nine games.

Paul O'Neill went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Derek Jeter had two hits and stole two bases, Tino Martinez homered for the career-best fourth straight game, and Jorge Posada drove in two runs.

Twins 8, Tigers 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Koskie homered and drove in three runs and Tom Prince also homered as Minnesota handed Detroit its eighth straight loss.

The Twins have won 10 of 12 games against the Tigers this season, including six straight at the Metrodome.

Koskie hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Willie Blair (0-3) and drove in another run with a groundout in the second as the Twins jumped to a 6-0 lead.

Twins starter Johan Santana (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in five innings.

Orioles 11, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Jason Johnson (7-5) pitched seven strong innings and Fernando Lunar had a career-high three RBIs as Baltimore beat Chicago. Tony Batista and Jerry Hairston each added a pair of RBIs for the Orioles.

Mariners 5, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Freddy Garcia pitched an eight-hitter for his second career shutout and Bret Boone hit a two-run homer as Seattle completed a three-game sweep.

Garcia (9-1) struck out two and walked two as he beat the Angels for the third time in as many starts this season.

Rookie Matt Wise (1-2) struck out nine over 5 1-3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and five hits.

Rangers 3, Athletics 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bo Porter's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning lifted Texas over Oakland.

A's starter Mark Mulder took a two-hit shutout into the eighth, then ran into trouble.

Over the first seven innings, the Rangers managed only doubles by Rafael Palmeiro in the second inning and Andres Galarraga in the fifth.

Mulder (8-6) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

Mike Venafro (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings of one-hit relief for the victory. Jeff Zimmerman worked the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.

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