Yankees bedevil Rays

Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2004

NEW YORK Derek Jeter's three-run double snapped a seventh-inning tie, Alex Rodriguez homered into the left-field upper deck and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-3 on Saturday.

Jon Lieber (7-5) gave the Yankees their best start in more than two weeks, pitching seven solid innings to win his second consecutive outing. New York has beaten Tampa Bay three straight times after dropping five of six against the New York Mets and Detroit.

Tom Gordon allowed a run in the eighth, but Mariano Rivera needed just five pitches to get three outs for his AL-leading 32nd save in 33 chances in front of 54,680 on Old-timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

Dewon Brazelton (2-2) took the loss for the Devil Rays, who lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games at Yankee Stadium and fell to 4-7 in July after going 20-6 in June. It's only the second series they've lost in their past 15.

Angels 11, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Bengie Molina hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning and Kelvim Escobar had nine strikeouts against his former team.

Tim Salmon got his first hit against a left-hander this season by doubling off Ted Lilly in the fifth ending an 0-for-40 stretch.

Escobar (5-5) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Lilly (7-6) didn't allow a baserunner until Garret Anderson singled with two outs in the fourth, but he ended up giving up six runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Orioles 7, Royals 2

BALTIMORE Daniel Cabrera allowed three hits over seven innings and Rafael Palmeiro hit his 541st career home run, leading the Orioles past the Royals.

Luis Lopez had a season-high three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game skid to avoid falling 12 games under .500 for the first time this season.

Starting in place of an injured Sidney Ponson, Cabrera (6-3) didn't allow a runner past first base in beating Kansas City for the second time in 11 days.

Mike Wood (1-2) took the loss for the Royals, who have dropped 14 of 16 while being outscored 110-39. Their lone wins during that span were against Baltimore.

Red Sox 14, Rangers 6

BOSTON Manny Ramirez hit two of Boston's five home runs and the Red Sox used a season-high 21 hits to rout the Rangers for their fifth straight victory.

Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Bellhorn and Jason Varitek also homered for the Red Sox, who roughed up Kenny Rogers, who entered leading the majors with 12 wins.

The Red Sox's Nos. 1-4 hitters Johnny Damon, Bellhorn, Garciaparra, and Ramirez went a combined 15-for-21 with four homers and 10 RBIs. Bellhorn, Garciaparra and Ramirez each had four hits.

White Sox 3, Mariners 2

CHICAGO Mark Buehrle pitched eight effective innings and Paul Konerko homered to lead the White Sox.

The Mariners have lost a season-high eight straight. The losing streak is Seattle's longest since September 1992, when it lost a club-record 14 in a row. At 32-53, Seattle is 21 games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 2, 1994. They've also lost 11 straight on the road.

Matt Thorton (1-2), making his first major league start, gave up three runs on seven walks and three hits in five innings.

Athletics 16, Indians 7

CLEVELAND Pinch-hitter Erubiel Durazo's grand slam helped Mark Mulder win his 10th straight decision for Oakland.

Mulder (12-2) was sharp early, then faltered and gave up six runs over 6 2-3 innings. He still tied San Francisco's Jason Schmidt for the longest winning streak in the majors this year. The All-Star left-hander has not lost in 13 starts since a 5-1 setback April 28 in New York.

Tigers 4, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth inning, Nate Robertson pitched effectively into the seventh for the Tigers.

Ivan Rodriguez, Omar Infante and Marcus Thames also hit solo shots as the Tigers won their 41st game, only two short of their total for 2003 when they lost an AL-record 119 games.

Robertson (8-4) pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up seven hits and two runs both unearned. Ugueth Urbina worked the ninth for his 14th save.



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