Piazza leads Mets past Yankees

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza's two-out single off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning broke a scoreless tie and the Mets beat the Yankees 3-0 Saturday to end the World Series champions' nine-game winning streak.

After Piazza's hit, Timo Perez and Todd Zeile followed with RBI singles off Rivera (2-4).

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Torre said he was dropping Rivera from the AL All-Star roster because of an ankle injury and replacing him with Mariners reliever Jeff Nelson.

Desi Relaford started the winning rally with a two-out single, the Mets' first hit since the fifth inning. After Relaford stole second, Edgardo Alfonzo walked, bringing up Piazza.

Indians 7, Cardinals 6, 10 innings

CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome's homer on the first pitch of the 10th inning, his fourth home run in two games, lifted Cleveland.

Thome, who hit three two-run homers Friday night, walked in his first four at-bats before driving a fastball from Dave Veres (0-1) over the wall in right for his 26th homer.

Mark McGwire hit a grand slam -- his 562nd career homer -- for the Cardinals to move one behind Reggie Jackson for sixth place on the career homer list.

Thome delivered his third game-winning homer in extra innings this season. Thome also beat Detroit on April 21 and Milwaukee on June 13 with late-inning homers.

John Rocker (2-1), Cleveland's sixth pitcher, struck out two in the 10th and got the win. Four Indians relievers worked five scoreless innings after Steve Woodard gave up McGwire's shot in the fourth inning.

Dodgers 2, Mariners 1

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Beltre homered with one out in the ninth inning as Los Angeles ended a streak of three shutout losses to Seattle.

Beltre drove an 0-1 pitch from reliever Jose Paniagua (3-2) to left-center for his seventh homer. It made a winner of Matt Herges (7-6), who pitched two hitless innings.

The Mariners, who have stranded an AL-leading 666 baserunners, squandered a scoring opportunity in the top of the ninth when Mike Cameron fouled out with the bases loaded.

The Mariners opened the scoring in the fourth when Olerud drove a 2-0 delivery from Terry Adams for his 11th homer. The home run was Seattle's last hit of the game.

Devil Rays 4, Marlins 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Albie Lopez stopped his 10-game losing streak with seven effective innings, and Fred McGriff went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Tampa Bay.

Lopez (4-11) allowed three runs and eight hits. He hadn't won since beating Kansas City on April 24.

Lopez's losing streak was the longest in the AL since Derek Lowe dropped 11 straight from June 28, 1997, to June 28, 1998, for Seattle and Boston.

Randy Winn hit a solo homer and McGriff, hitting .533 in interleague play this season, had a run-scoring double and two RBI singles off Marlins starter Brad Penny (7-3).

Red Sox 3, Braves 1

BOSTON -- Hideo Nomo pitched six innings of five-hit ball, and manager Jimy Williams earned his 400th victory in Boston.

Nomo (8-4) allowed one run, walked three and struck out five before he was lifted after a leadoff single in the seventh. When he saw Williams come out to the mound, Nomo slammed the ball into his glove and turned to face left field.

Tim Wakefield and Rod Beck helped hold the lead before Derek Lowe pitched the ninth inning for his 15th save. Williams is the sixth manager in Red Sox history to win at least 400 games, the first since Don Zimmer from 1976-80.

Braves starter Jason Marquis (2-3) allowed two earned runs on five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out seven.

Cubs 10, Tigers 6

DETROIT -- Ron Coomer drove in five runs, and Eric Young had three hits and scored three runs to lead the Cubs to their third straight win.

Young is 8-for-15 during the winning streak, and has scored six runs in the last two games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 1998.

Jon Lieber (11-4) allowed one run on five hits in the first five innings, then gave up five runs in the sixth.

Relievers Jeff Fassero, Kyle Farnsworth and Tom Gordon pitched one scoreless inning each.

Blue Jays 9, Expos 8, 11 innings

TORONTO -- Pinch-hitter Tony Fernandez hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning for Toronto.

Raul Mondesi hit a one-out triple off Scott Strickland (1-4), who then intentionally walked both Carlos Delgado and Brad Fullmer to load the bases. Fernandez, batting for Alex Gonzalez, singled past a drawn-in infield.

Fernandez, in his fourth stint with the Blue Jays, is 6-for-12 as a pinch hitter this season. He signed with Toronto last month after being released by Milwaukee.

Orioles 4, Phillies 3

BALTIMORE -- Brady Anderson hit a bases-loaded triple in his first at-bat in 10 games as Baltimore snapped a four-game skid.

Chris Richard went 4-for-4 and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who improved to 2-4 against Philadelphia this season.

Anderson's key hit, in the sixth inning, came one day after manager Mike Hargrove told the 37-year-old outfielder his playing time would be reduced to make way for Gibbons and Richard.

The interleague game drew a crowd of 49,072, a regular-season record at 10-year-old Camden Yards.

Philadelphia led 1-0 before Baltimore snapped a string of 13 straight scoreless innings with a three-run sixth. After giving up two straight singles, Phillies starter Nelson Figueroa (1-1) was replaced by Wayne Gomes.

Twins 7, Reds 6

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski hit a sac fly in the eighth inning for Minnesota, which has won 12 of 14 games and maintained a four-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Pierzynski's deep fly to right field off Hector Mercado easily scored Denny Hocking, who started the eighth with a double off reliever Jim Brower (4-6) and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Jacque Jones.

Bob Wells (7-3) got the victory, despite giving up a two-run homer to Ruben Rivera in the top of the eighth that tied it at 6.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities. With one out, he gave up a single to Ken Griffey Jr., who was lifted for pinch-runner Wilton Guerrero.

White Sox 4, Pirates 1

CHICAGO -- Kip Wells allowed four hits over a career-high 8 1-3 innings, and the Chicago White Sox hit four solo homers.

Chris Singleton, Mark Johnson, rookie Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko hit home runs for the White Sox, who are 3-6 on their 10-game homestand.

Johnson's was his first homer since July 5, 2000, at Kansas City; Rowand's was the first of his career.

Wells (5-5), who had lost three of his last four starts, didn't allow a baserunner past second until there was one out in the ninth. He walked two and struck out six, allowing only an unearned run in the ninth.

Keith Foulke got the final two outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Singleton, Johnson and Rowand homered off Jason Schmidt (5-4).

Konerko hit his 17th homer off reliever Mike Lincoln in the eighth.

Athletics 5, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX -- Tim Hudson scattered eight hits, and Johnny Damon was 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double to lead Oakland over Arizona.

Hudson (9-5) lost his bid for his first shutout of the season when Jay Bell hit a two-out RBI double in the ninth. Hudson's outstanding performance came on the heels of Mark Mulder's one-hit, near-perfect masterpiece in Oakland's 3-0 victory the previous night.

Rangers 4, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Andres Galarraga and Gabe Kapler had consecutive pinch-hit RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Texas rallied to beat San Diego.

Bobby Jones (4-12) seemed to be headed for his first victory in 10 home starts, but blew a 3-0 lead by allowing two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to become the majors' first 12-game loser.

Doug Davis (4-6), who beat the Padres in relief at Arlington a year ago to the day, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked four.

National League

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jose Hernandez hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Jimmy Haynes won for the first time since May 22 as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 13-3 Saturday.

In the only non-interleague matchup of the weekend, the Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 13 outings.

Haynes was 0-6 in his previous eight starts, matching a career high for consecutive losses. Haynes (6-10) left after six innings Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.



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