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Weaver victory sealed by Yankee rally

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2002

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to make sure Jeff Weaver won in his debut with New York as the Yankees rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Weaver (7-8) allowed a pair of three-run homers in his first start after being obtained by the Yankees from the Detroit Tigers in a three-way trade involving the Oakland Athletics on early Saturday.

Jeter, who missed two games with a sprained left knee started as the designated hitter for the first time in his career and led the Yankees' comeback with three RBIs, including his homer off reliever Corey Thurman (1-2) that put the Yankees ahead.

Tigers 9, Red Sox 8

BOSTON -- Carlos Pena went 3-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run in his first game for Detroit as the Tigers beat Boston Red despite squandering the lead four times.

The Tigers led 1-0, 4-2, 5-4 and 8-6, but every time the Red Sox came back, tying it at 8 on Brian Daubach's second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the sixth.

Rich Garces (0-1) walked the bases loaded in the eighth before Pena hit a hard grounder to the right of shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. He fielded the ball deep in the hole, but had no chance to make a play anywhere.

Indians 9, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Milton Bradley hit a grand slam, and Matt Lawton added a three-run homer to power an eight-run third inning as Cleveland routed Chicago.

Rookie Ryan Drese (8-6) allowed four hits in seven-plus innings, leaving in the eighth after he hit Ray Durham with a pitch and Travis Fryman booted Tony Graffanino's grounder.

Todd Ritchie (5-11), the White Sox's disappointing off-season acquisition, lasted just two-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season, and was booed loudly when replaced by Matt Ginter. Ritchie gave up seven hits and six runs.

Athletics 3, Royals 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito allowed two runs in 7 2-3 innings and earned his 11th win of the season in Oakland's victory over Kansas City.

Zito (11-3) scattered nine hits to become the first A's pitcher with 11 wins at the Al-Star break since Dave Stewart (11) and Bob Welch (14) did it in 1990.

Eric Byrnes homered and drove in two runs as Oakland won its fourth in six games. The A's are 4-3 in their last seven, all one-run games.

Royals starter Paul Byrd (11-6) had his three-game winning streak snapped after lasting 5 2-3 innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Mariners 8, Twins 2

SEATTLE -- John Olerud hit a pair of two-run homers and left-hander John Halama won his first start since May 17 as Seattle Mariners beat Minnesota.

Olerud gave the Mariners a 4-1 lead in the third inning when he homered off Rick Reed (6-5) after Mark McLemore singled. He hit second two-run shot in the eighth.

Halama (4-2), making his fifth start of the season, went 5 2-3 innings, giving up solo home runs to Jacque Jones and A.J. Pierzynski. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts, before being replaced after 85 pitches by Arthur Rhodes.

Dan Wilson had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly for the Mariners.

Angels 2, Devil Rays 1, 10 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Salmon singled in the winning run in the 10th inning after Ramon Ortiz pitched nine strong innings and Anaheim beat Tampa Bay to complete a three-game sweep.

Bengie Molina led off the 10th with a sharp grounder that went off the glove of third baseman Jared Sandberg, and Adam Kennedy advanced pinch-runner Jose Nieves with a sacrifice bunt.

Nieves took third on David Eckstein's groundout, and Salmon looped a 1-2 pitch from rookie Travis Harper (4-4) into center field to score Nieves and send the Devil Rays to their club-record 11th straight road loss.

Ortiz settled for a no-decision despite allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Orioles 10, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Batista had two hits in Baltimore's seven-run fourth inning and the Orioles went on to beat Texas.

Batista started the fourth with a one-out single and scored the tying run when Marty Cordova followed with a triple. An RBI double by Batista later in the inning pushed Baltimore ahead 7-1.

Rookie right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (8-3) worked seven innings for the win. He allowed just four hits, including homers to Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Herbert Perry.

Baltimore had 16 hits off five Texas pitchers. Every Orioles starter had a hit and every one but Gary Matthews Jr., who went 3-for-5, scored.



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