Red Sox get to old nemesis Clemens for eight runs in blowout

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003

NEW YORK Ramiro Mendoza (2-3) worked out of trouble to pitch five shutout innings in his first start since June 2001, and the Boston Red Sox blew out Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees again with a 10-2 victory Saturday.

Clemens (8-6) became the second straight Yankees starter to give up eight runs against Boston's major league-leading offense.

David Ortiz homered twice for the second game in a row, and Trot Nixon hit a two-run shot in the second that put Boston ahead as the Red Sox connected three times after hitting seven homers in Friday's 10-3 win.

Ortiz had a solo shot in the fourth against Clemens and a two-run drive off Jason Anderson in the ninth.

Devil Rays 3, White Sox 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Javier Valentin homered off Esteban Loaiza (11-4) and Jorge Sosa (2-6) won for the first time since April as Tampa Bay won three straight for the first time under manager Lou Piniella.

Piniella pledged last month to dye his hair if his young team won three in a row at any point this season.

Indians 13, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS Casey Blake went 5-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs against his former team, leading Cleveland past struggling Minnesota.

Matt Lawton another former Twin and Milton Bradley homered for the Indians, who got seven solid innings from starter Brian Anderson (6-6).

Tigers 9, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Dmitri Young and Kevin Witt hit solo home runs and Alex Sanchez drove in three runs with his first homer in 307 at-bats, powering Detroit past Kansas City.

The Tigers, whose 21-64 record is the worst in the major leagues, have hit seven home runs in their last two games and 12 in their last seven. Sanchez's shot in the fourth inning was the second of his career and put the Tigers on top 6-0 in the fourth.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 2

BALTIMORE Jeff Conine hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Sidney Ponson (11-5) pitched eight strong innings for Baltimore.

Brook Fordyce also homered, and AL batting leader Melvin Mora had four hits to help the Orioles extend their winning streak to four tying a season high.

Mariners 3, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Dan Wilson's RBI single with one out in the 10th inning lifted Seattle over Texas.

Angels 6, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Tim Salmon homered twice and Ramon Ortiz won for the sixth time in seven starts to lead Anaheim over Oakland.

National League

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 0

LOS ANGELES Odalis Perez held Arizona hitless through seven innings and combined with Eric Gagne on a four-hitter Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 5

CHICAGO Alex Gonzalez's infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning gave Chicago a win over St. Louis.

Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou homered for the Cubs, who rallied from a 5-0 deficit and pulled within one game of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Mets 6, Reds 2

CINCINNATI Jeromy Burnitz's RBI double ended Danny Graves' no-hit bid in the seventh inning and started a four-run rally that swept New York to a victory over Cincinnati.

Steve Trachsel (8-5) pitched six innings on a humid, 90-degree evening, keeping it scoreless until Graves faltered.

Pirates 4, Astros 3

PITTSBURGH Jeff Suppan overcame a shaky start to pitch seven innings in his second consecutive strong outing and also hit a run-scoring double, leading Pittsburgh past Houston.

The Pirates overcame the Astros' two-run first inning by scoring three runs on four straight hits to start their half of the first against spot starter Kirk Saarloos (2-1), and Suppan (7-7) took over from there.

Marlins 5, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA Brad Penny pitched seven strong innings and Ivan Rodriguez homered as Florida held off Philadelphia.

Rookie Miguel Cabrera had a single, double and homer as the Marlins beat Philadelphia for the second straight game and moved within four games of the Phillies in the race for the NL wild-card spot.

Rockies 9, Brewers 8

MILWAUKEE Todd Helton drove in four runs with a triple and a home run in Colorado's victory over Milwaukee.

The Rockies got six solid innings from Darren Oliver (6-5), who earned his second straight win on the road after beginning 0-5 in his first eight starts away from Coors Field.

Braves 3, Expos 2

ATLANTA Montreal closer Rocky Biddle hit Javy Lopez with a pitch to force in the tying run and walked Rafael Furcal with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, handing Atlanta a victory.

Padres 5, Giants 2

SAN DIEGO Brian Buchanan went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as San Diego beat Jason Schmidt. The last-place Padres scored four runs on seven hits off Schmidt and beat the NL West-leading Giants for just the second time in eight games this year.

Schmidt (8-4), the likely NL starter for the All-Star game, had allowed just one earned run in throwing three straight complete games coming in, and his 2.14 ERA was the best in the majors. He did strike out nine in seven innings.

Kevin Jarvis (1-2) pitched into the eighth for his first win in more than a year. Rod Beck, the former Giants' closer, pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.

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