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Yankees' five homers cow Tigers

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

DETROIT Jose Contreras pitched into the ninth inning and Alex Rodriguez hit two of the New York Yankees' five home runs in a 5-1 victory Thursday night over the Detroit Tigers.

Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton also connected against Jeremy Bonderman (6-7) who gave up just four hits in seven innings. Rodriguez also homered off Wilfredo Ledezma.

Orioles 5, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Baltimore's David Newhan hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the seventh inning.

Newhan finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Larry Bigbie homered for the Orioles. Daniel Cabrera (7-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings and beat Travis Harper (2-1).

Royals 3, Twins 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike Sweeney's RBI single in the first ended the Royals' 31-inning drought gainst the Twins.

Kansas City had not scored off Minnesota since May 30. The Twins, who now have lost four straught, outscored the Royals 25-0 in a three-game sweep last week.

Kyle Lohse (3-7), one of the shutout pitchers, lost Thursday after allowing run-scoring hits to Sweeney and Ken Harvey.

Mariners 2, Indians 1

SEATTLE Justin Leone hit his first major league homer a two-run shot to back Joel Pineiro and help Seattle end a nine-game losing.

Pineiro (5-10) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings for the Mariners, who had not won since July 1. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 21 opportunities.

Athletics 4, White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. Rich Harden pitched eight innings, Eric Chavez had a home run and Bobby Crosby an RBI double.

Harden (4-5) allowed four hits and beat Jon Garland (7-6) as Oakland ended Chicago's four-game winning streak. Octavio Dotel pitched the ninth for his third save.

Angels 8, Red Sox 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Darin Erstad homered and drove in three runs, and Chone Figgins also had three RBIs for Anaheim.

Jarrod Washburn (10-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, leading the Angels to their fourth straight win.

National League

Cardinals 7, Reds 2

CINCINNATI Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen hit two-run homers to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a victory over Thursday night over the Cincinnati Reds.

Matt Morris (10-6) allowed eight hits in six innings to beat Jesus Sanchez (0-2). He allowed just two base runners until the Cardinals scored four runs in the fourth, when Edgar Renteria led off with a single and Pujols followed with his 23rd homer.

Braves 8, Expos 0

ATLANTA Marcus Giles doubled twice in his first game in two months and Jaret Wright won his fifth straight decision.

Giles, who broke his collarbone in a collision with Andruw Jones on May 15, went 2-for-5 to lead the Braves to their 13th win in 16 games. Chipper Jones went 3-for-5 for Atlanta.

Cubs 4, Brewers 1

CHICAGO Mark Prior left with discomfort in his right elbow in the second inning, but Chicago rallied to win.

Derrek Lee homered in the second and had an RBI double in a three-run sixth. Prior missed the first two months with right Achilles' tendinitis and a tender elbow.

Mets 3, Phillies 2

NEW YORK Pitcher Roberto Hernandez couldn't handle Ty Wigginton's decisive bases-loaded comebacker.

Wigginton hit back to Hernandez (1-3), who knocked it down with his bare hand. But he bounced his throw home as pinch-runner Vance Wilson slid across the plate.

Giants 7, Rockies 5

DENVER Shawn Chacon hit J.T. Snow with a pitch with the bases loaded for the go-ahead run in San Francisco's four-run ninth inning.

Colorado led 4-3 into the ninth behind five-plus solid innings from Jason Jennings, but Chacon (1-6) couldn't hold it.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX Shawn Green hit a grand slam in the eighth inning off Randy Choate, who took over after Randy Johnson struck out nine in seven scoreless innings.

Johnson, who also had an RBI single, was pulled after 108 pitches. Brian Bruney got two outs while allowing hits to Cesar Izturis and Paul Lo Duca. Then Choate (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Milton Bradley before Green's seventh career grand slam.

Wilson Alvarez (4-3) won in relief and Eric Gagne struck out all four batters he faced for his 24th save.



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