Sox rebound vs. Athletics

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004

BOSTON Tim Wakefield pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for his first win in six weeks, and Johnny Damon singled five times Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a horrible trip to rout the Oakland Athletics 11-0.

Wakefield (5-5) allowed only two batters to reach second base. He struck out six and walked one.

Bill Mueller hit a three-run homer in the second, and the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth off Barry Zito (4-6).

Zito allowed seven runs six earned on nine hits and three walks in four innings, walking in two runs in the fourth.

The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park after going 1-5 on the road, including a three-game sweep by the AL East-leading Yankees.

Tigers 9, Yankees 1

NEW YORK Jason Johnson pitched eight dominant innings and Rondell White and Bobby Higginson hit two-run homers to help the Tigers end a five-game skid.

Dmitri Young had three doubles and scored two runs, Carlos Guillen had a two-run single, and White added an RBI single against his former team as the Tigers won for the first time at Yankee Stadium since Sept. 7, 2002.

Johnson (6-7) retired his first 12 batters. He allowed six hits and a run without walking a batter. He struck out four.

Mike Mussina (9-6), working on three days' rest, gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Devil Rays 3, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE Mark Hendrickson pitched eight shutout innings and the Devil Rays halted a three-game losing streak.

Hendrickson (6-6) allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed only two runners to reach third base. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-5) gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Rocco Baldelli had four hits and an RBI for the Devil Rays.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 6

TORONTO Carlos Delgado doubled in his first at-bat off the disabled list, and Reed Johnson and Josh Phelps homered in a six-run first inning for Toronto.

Delgado, who missed 33 games because of a strained ribcage, went 1-for-3. Toronto went 13-20 while he was sidelined.

Miguel Batista (8-5) won this fourth straight start despite allowing four runs, six hits and six walks in six innings. Rookie Jason Frasor pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Randy Winn and Scott Spiezio homered for the Mariners, who have lost four straight and six of eight. Jamie Moyer (6-5) lost his third straight decision, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.

Indians 4, Rangers 1

CLEVELAND The Indians halted a three-game losing streak and relief pitcher Bob Wickman pitched for the first time in almost two years.

Wickman allowed one hit in the eighth he hadn't pitched in the majors since Aug. 10, 2002, after undergoing ''Tommy John'' surgery.

Starter Cliff Lee (8-1) allowed four hits, struck out five and improved to 7-1 in starts following an Indians' loss. David Riske picked up his third save.

Texas starter Nick Bierbrodt (1-1) allowed three runs and just one hit, but walked seven. Mark Teixeira hit his 16th homer for the Rangers.

Twins 4, Royals 0

MINNEAPOLIS Johan Santana pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and tied his high with 13 strikeouts.

Torii Hunter homered in the second inning and went 2-for-3 for the Twins, and the Royals lost for the 12th time in 13 games including a season-high seven straight defeats. They have been blanked five times this year, including a 9-0 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

Santana (7-5) reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time in his last six outings. He walked two.

Kansas City starter Zack Greinke (1-6) lost his fifth straight start. He allowed four runs on five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Angels 6, White Sox 2

CHICAGO Jeff DaVanon hit a three-run homer off Freddy Garcia, who lost his first home game with Chicago.

Anaheim broke a two-game losing streak and picked up a game on the AL West leaders, Oakland and Texas, who are 3 1/2 games ahead. The Angels had lost six of their last seven.

Garcia (5-8) struck out his first four batters and seven in eight innings, but allowed seven hits, two walks and four earned runs.

Earlier in the day, the 28-year-old right-hander agreed on a $27 million, three-year contract extension. He was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on June 27 and won his first start for the White Sox.

The Angels took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when DaVanon hit his fourth homer.

John Lackey (6-8) allowed four hits in seven innings.



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