Rangers thump Indians

Posted: Friday, July 09, 2004

CLEVELAND Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, and David Dellucci hit two of four home runs by the Texas Rangers to a 10-0 win Thursday over the Cleveland Indians.

Rodriguez (2-0) walked two and struck out a career-high six while facing his former team for the first time.

Dellucci hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the fourth to tie a career-high with five RBIs as the Rangers won for the fifth time in six games.

White Sox 9, Angels 8

CHICAGO Juan Uribe's single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Jose Valentin, and the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak.

With one out, Valentin and Paul Konerko singled off Brendan Donnelly (1-2) before Uribe's decisive hit made a winner of Damaso Marte (3-2). Konerko matched a career high with four hits and drove in two runs.

Anaheim's David Eckstein had three hits, three runs and three RBIs, and Chone Figgins added three hits, including a two-run triple that raised his major-league leading total to 12.

Yankees 7, Devil Rays 1

NEW YORK Jose Contreras limited Tampa Bay to three hits over 6 2-3 innings, and Derek Jeter drove in two runs with a pair of doubles.

Contreras (6-3), who has baffled the Yankees with his inconsistency, retired the first seven batters he faced and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer and Hideki Matsui a two-run double for the Yankees, who beat Victor Zambrano (9-5).

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 8

TORONTO Carlos Delgado's three-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Blue Jays a three-game sweep of Seattle, which lost for the sixth time in a row.

Dave Berg homered off Eddie Guardado (2-1) with one out to pull the Blues Jays to 8-7. Chris Gomez singled as did Reed Johnson one out later before Delgado's homer won the game for Justin Speier (2-5).

Seattle's Edgar Martinez drove in two runs to become the career RBI leader among designated hitters with 979. Randy Winn hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth and went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for the Mariners.

Twins 7, Tigers 1

MINNEAPOLIS Cristian Guzman's three-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning that gave Minnesota its fourth straight victory.

Guzman drove in four runs, had a tying double in the sixth and homered off Mike Maroth (5-7), who retired the first 14 Minnesota hitters. Grant Balfour (3-0) won in relief.

Ivan Rodriguez's homer in the sixth put Detroit ahead and ended the Twins' streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings.

Red Sox 8, Athletics 7, 10 innings

BOSTON Bill Mueller's two-out double in the 10th inning scored Johnny Damon to give the Red Sox a three-game sweep over Oakland for the first time since 2002.

Justin Lehr (0-1) started the 10th for the A's and got two outs before Damon singled and Mueller hit a ball to the wall in center field that was bobbled by Mark Kotsay. Damon beat Bobby Crosby's relay throw home to give Curt Leskanic (1-4) the win.

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