Palmeiro leads Orioles' rout of Red Sox

Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2005

BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro homered, drove in six runs and moved within three hits of 3,000 for his career, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 Saturday.

Miguel Tejada went 5-for-5 and Bruce Chen (7-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven-plus innings for the Orioles, who won for just the fourth time in 16 games. Chen struck out five and walked three in earning his second victory in nine starts since May 18.

Johnny Damon went 2-for-5 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 24 games, and Edgar Renteria drove in the lone run for the Red Sox.

Indians 8, Yankees 7

NEW YORK — Jose Hernandez hit a pair of two-run homers off new Yankees starter Darrell May and drove in five runs, and Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak.

Cleveland, which had dropped 10 of 12 to the Yankees and 11 of 12 to them on the road, ended New York's six-game winning streak.

Cleveland's Scott Elarton followed his complete-game victory on Monday over Detroit with a seven-inning effort.

Elarton (6-3) gave up back-to-back homers in the first inning to Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez before settling down and winning for the fourth time in five decisions.

He gave up three runs and six hits in matching his second longest outing of the season.

May (0-1) lasted only 4 1-3 innings in his Yankees debut that came a day after he was brought up from Triple-A Columbus and one week following his acquisition from San Diego.

Rangers 12, Blue Jays 10

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kenny Rogers got plenty of cheers from Texas fans in his first home start since shoving two TV cameramen, and a lot of help from a blown call in a victory over Toronto.

Mark Teixeira hit two of Texas' five home runs, all of them coming with two outs, and drove in six runs. The All-Star had an RBI single to go with his homers that pushed his AL-leading total to 24.

Rogers (10-4) overcame a shaky first inning, working through the seventh in his first home appearance since June 29, when he shoved the cameramen on the field.

Scott Downs (0-1) retired the first eight Texas hitters until Mark DeRosa's two-out single in the third. Gary Matthews Jr. then hit a ball down the left-field line near the foul pole, and even he had stopped running before umpire crew chief Joe West the ball was fair.

Devil Rays 5, Tigers 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jonny Gomes stopped Tampa Bay's 10-game losing streak by hitting a two-run, ninth-inning homer off Detroit's Troy Percival (1-3).

The Devil Rays were two outs away from owning the longest skid in the majors this season when Travis Lee singled. Gomes smashed the next pitch over the 404-foot sign in straightaway center.

Ivan Rodriguez, Dmitri Young and Chris Shelton hit solo homers off Hideo Nomo for the Tigers before Tampa Bay began its comeback with Jorge Cantu's RBI grounder in the fourth and Carl Crawford's two-run double off Jason Johnson in the fifth.

Danys Baez (5-2) pitched the ninth for the win.

Athletics 10, White Sox 1

CHICAGO — Barry Zito pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Mark Kotsay hit a three-run homer for Oakland.

After signing a three-year contract extension with the Athletics before the game, Kotsay hit a three-run homer in the seventh.

Despite being pushed back a day after complaining of pain in his ribcage after throwing a season-high 124 pitches Sunday, Zito (6-8) looked strong. He allowed just one run and improved to 7-2 against the White Sox in his career. He struck out six and walked three.

Mark Buehrle (10-3) allowed five runs — two earned — on six hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked two. Buehrle is 2-8 against the Athletics in his career and two of his three losses this season have came against Oakland.

Royals 12, Twins 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Sweeney had five hits and three RBIs, and the Royals scored six runs in the sixth inning for a wild victory over Minnesota.

Sweeney's five hits Saturday gave him eight straight hits, tying a Royals record, before grounding out in the eighth. He had hits in his last three at-bats Friday. During the run, Sweeney had three doubles and five singles during.

Seven Royals had more than one hit each in Kansas City's season-high 21-hit attack.

David DeJesus had a home run and three RBIs as Jesse Crain (8-1), who had set an American League record with 11 consecutive wins to start a career as a reliever, pitched to only four batters but took the loss.

Leo Nunez (2-1), the third Kansas City pitcher, worked 1 1-3 innings of one-hit relief for the win.

Mariners 6, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Richie Sexson's two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning, and Seattle beat Los Angeles Angels for its third straight victory over the AL West leaders.

Raul Ibanez had three hits and drove in a run for the last-place Mariners, who beat the Angels 10-2 and 10-4 in the first two games of the four-game series.

Ryan Franklin (5-10) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking three. The left-hander, coming off a six-hit shutout at Kansas City last Monday, has won consecutive starts for the first time this season.

John Lackey (6-5) was roughed up for the third consecutive time, allowing five runs and nine hits in seven innings and striking out seven.

He has surrendered 16 earned runs and 25 hits in 17 1-3 innings over his last three starts, after going 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his previous 12 outings.

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