Hot Palmeiro keeps O's winning

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005

BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro and Jay Gibbons hit solo home runs to back a strong pitching performance by Rodrigo Lopez, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Sunday.

Palmeiro's homer off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (8-7) was his third in three games. Palmeiro also hit a sacrifice fly, and his 1-for-3 afternoon left him two hits short of becoming the fourth player in baseball history to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

Yankees 9, Indians 4

NEW YORK — Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer, and Ruben Sierra drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to lift New York to its seventh win in eight games.

Randy Johnson (9-6) struggled through six unremarkable innings, but the Yankees improved to a season-high six games over .500 for the third time behind Giambi's 10th homer of the season — fifth in six games, Gary Sheffield's late three-run homer and Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook's wildness.

Tigers 9, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Magglio Ordonez drove in three runs, and Dmitri Young hit a two-run homer to lead Detroit past Tampa Bay.

Ordonez had a two-run double during a three-run seventh that put Detroit ahead 9-4. He has 11 RBIs in nine games since his return from a hernia on July 1.

Mike Maroth (7-9) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. The Tigers have won five of six, reaching the All-Star break at 42-44.

Twins 3, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nick Punto scored on third baseman Mark Teahen's fielding error with two outs in the 12th inning and Minnesota overcame Mike Sweeney's two home runs.

Rangers 9, Blue Jays 8

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mark Teixeira hit his AL-leading 25th homer, and Mark DeRosa had a two-run shot in a four-run eighth inning as Texas completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

DeRosa was making a rare start in place of All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who was in Panama to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's third child.

Athletics 9, White Sox 8

CHICAGO — Nick Swisher hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and Oakland beat Chicago, completing a three-game sweep of the team with the majors' best record.

Swisher also homered, and Dan Johnson added a solo shot and a two-run double for the A's, who finished the season series 7-2 and have won 13 of 16 overall. They also moved one game over .500 for the first time since May 1.

Carl Everett and Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox, who took a 57-29 record into the All-Star break but were swept in a three-game series for the first time this season. Konerko had a career-high five hits.

Huston Street (3-1) had his fourth blown save of the season but shut out the White Sox in the 10th and 11th. Luis Vizcaino (3-3) took the loss.

Mariners 7, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Miguel Olivo and Richie Sexson hit two-run homers in a five-run fourth, and Seattle beat Los Angeles to complete an improbable four-game sweep of the AL West leaders.

The Angels' lead over second-place Texas was trimmed to five games, while the last-place Mariners are 12 1/2 games off the pace.

The Mariners have the third-worst record in the AL, and had lost 12 of 16 entering the series. The Angels have the league's second-best mark, and had won 13 of 16 coming in.

The winning streak is the Mariners' longest since last August, while the skid is the Angels' longest since last July.

Gil Meche (9-6) earned the victory, and Eddie Guardado, the fifth Seattle pitcher, worked the ninth to convert his 20th straight save opportunity and 21st in 22 chances.

The Mariners went ahead for good with their third five-run inning of the series, beating rookie Ervin Santana (3-4) and make it 5-3.

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