Red Sox take doubleheader from Blue Jays

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

BOSTON -- Spot starters Tim Wakefield and Sunny Kim gave Boston a boost on both ends of a doubleheader, as the Red Sox swept Toronto on Tuesday to extend their winning streak over the Blue Jays to eight consecutive games.

Kim (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the seventh before the Red Sox held on for a 6-4 victory in the nightcap. Wakefield also pitched six shutout innings, and Lou Merloni hit a two-run triple in the seventh as Boston came from behind for a 2-1 victory in the day game.

Brian Daubauch had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in the night game as the Red Sox improved to 27-8 against the AL East. Alan Embree saved both games.

Yankees 10, Indians 5

NEW YORK -- Raul Mondesi hit an RBI single and scored twice in his Yankees debut, and New York overcame a record-setting homer by Jim Thome to beat Cleveland.

Thome became the first Indians player to homer in six straight games, launching a long drive off Roger Clemens. But that rocket off the Rocket wasn't nearly enough.

Jorge Posada's fourth career grand slam capped a seven-run seventh. Derek Jeter's tiebreaking single earlier in the inning helped the Yankees improve to 10-0 against AL Central teams.

White Sox 17, Tigers 9

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar each homered twice as Chicago and Detroit combined for a major league-record tying 12 home runs.

Both teams hit six home runs in the game as they tied the record they set together on May 28, 1995.

Kenny Lofton and Jose Valentin also homered for the White Sox, who have scored 77 runs in winning seven of nine games against the Tigers this season.

Dmitri Young homered twice for Detroit. Robert Fick, George Lombard, Wendell Magee and Damion Easley also homered.

Rangers 3, Devil Rays 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rafael Palmeiro hit his 465th homer, tying him with Dave Winfield for 22nd place all-time, and Kenny Rogers (9-4) allowed three hits over seven innings as Texas defeated Tampa Bay.

Juan Gonzalez homered for Texas, which snapped a four-game losing streak. The Rangers are 36-45 halfway through the 2002 schedule. Hideki Irabu pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

Royals 7, Mariners 5

SEATTLE -- Mike Sweeney hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning off Kazuhiro Sasaki and Raul Ibanez connected two batters later for his second of the game as Kansas City beat Seattle. Sasaki (2-3) has allowed only five earned runs all season, four in his past two outings. He lost Sunday when the Colorado Rockies came back to win 4-3.

Orioles 3, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rodrigo Lopez and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Jay Gibbons homered twice to lift Baltimore over Anaheim.

Lopez (7-3) scattered four singles in his 19th career start, striking out five, walking five and hitting a batter in seven innings.

Rookie Jorge Julio got three outs for his 17th save in 21 chances after following Buddy Groom and Willis Roberts out of the bullpen.

Athletics 4, Twins 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Olmedo Saenz hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Oakland a come-from-behind win over Minnesota.

Eric Chavez doubled of Eddie Guardado (1-2) to start the A's ninth. Jermaine Dye struck out but Saenz, pinch-hitting for John Mabry, homered on an 0-2 pitch to left field.

It was Guardado's third blown save this season.



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