Oakland sweeps Orioles with home shutout

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Ellis scored on a grounder back to the pitcher with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Oakland Athletics a 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

After Terrence Long flew out, Ellis hit a fly off Hector Carrasco (0-2) that appeared to bounce in and out of Melvin Mora's glove as he hit the left-field fence for a triple. Billy McMillon then was walked intentionally to set up a potential double play.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 0

DETROIT Wilfredo Ledezma pitched seven impressive innings and Dmitri Young homered as Detroit snapped Boston's five-game winning streak.

White Sox 7, Indians 4

CLEVELAND Tony Graffanino hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as Chicago finished a disappointing first half with a win over Cleveland.

Graffanino's shot off Alex Herrera snapped a 4-4 tie,helped give the White Sox just their second win in seven games and handed Rafael Betancourt (0-1) a loss in his major league debut. Chicago is 45-49 entering the All-Star break.

Mariners 13, Devil Rays 2

SEATTLE Rookie Willie Bloomquist had his biggest day in the majors, hitting a grand slam for his first career homer and driving in six runs as Seattle beat Tampa Bay.

Angels 8, Twins 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson homered and right fielder Jeff DaVanon threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh inning as Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of the team it defeated in last year's AL championship series.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Jeff Weaver scattered four hits over eight innings and Jason Giambi homered in his third straight game as New York beat Toronto.

Weaver (5-7) allowed just one run, while striking out seven and walking none for just his second win in his last nine starts.

Carlos Delgado had two RBIs for the Blue Jays, giving him 97 at the All-Star break. That's the third-most ever at the break. Hank Greenberg had 103 in 1935 and Juan Gonzalez had 101 in 1998.

Royals 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Julius Matos and Angel Berroa hit two-run homers in a five-run third as Kansas City completed its first three-game sweep at Texas since 1980.

The Royals (51-41) are the first team to follow a 100-loss season with 50 wins by the All-Star break. They lead the AL Central by seven games over the Chicago White Sox, their largest division lead since 1980, when they won the West by 13 games.

Darrell May (4-4) allowed one run on seven hits over five innings to win his fourth straight start.

Tony Mounce (1-3), one of six rookies on Texas' roster, gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings.



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