Cubs rally to beat Royals; Mariners, White Sox notch wins in Interleague play

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2001

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs found their offense just in time Tuesday, rallying for five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4.

Ricky Gutierrez hit a two-run single, Sammy Sosa and Gary Matthews Jr. added RBIs, and the Cubs scored another run on an error as they snapped out of their slump.

Jason Bere (7-4) won despite giving up four runs and eight hits in seven innings, and Tom Gordon pitched the ninth for his 17th save. Tony Cogan (0-4) was the loser.

Mariners 6, Diamondbacks 1

SEATTLE -- Paul Abbott (8-2) allowed one run and six hits to win his career-best sixth straight decision, and Bret Boone and David Bell homered.

Bell hit a solo homer off Brian Anderson (2-6) for a 3-0 lead in the seventh, and Boone hit a two-run homer off Erik Sabel in a three-run eighth. Boone drove in three runs and leads the American League with 88 RBIs.

Anderson, who lost his third straight start, gave up five runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings.

White Sox 8, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE -- Kip Wells (6-5) struck out a career-high eight in six innings and Chicago used four home runs to win its fifth straight.

Jose Canseco, Mark Johnson, Carlos Lee and Jeff Liefer homered as the White Sox (46-45) moved over .500 for the first time since losing their second game of the season.

Jimmy Haynes (6-12) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.

Athletics 3, Rockies 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Mulder (11-6) allowed seven hits in seven innings to win his third straight start as Oakland completed a three-game sweep, winning for the eighth time in nine games.

Pedro Astacio (6-11) lost for the sixth time in seven decisions despite throwing an eight-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season.

Oakland got three runs in the fourth with four hits off Astacio, including RBI singles by Miguel Tejada and Olmedo Saenz.

Angels 8, Padres 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Benji Gil hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Tom Davey (2-4) that tied the score 7-all. Gil also homered in the fifth off starter Bobby Jones, who departed with a 7-2 lead.

Trevor Hoffman walked Shawn Wooten, forcing in the go-ahead run.

Al Levine (5-4) earned the victory, pitching the eighth inning and allowing one hit.

Braves 4, Devil Rays 0

ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux (12-5) won his sixth straight start, pitching a six-hitter for his 34th career shutout.

Maddux struck out nine and lowered his ERA to an NL-best 2.44. The right-hander, 8-0 with a 2.34 ERA in his last nine starts, has not walked a batter in 43 innings.

Chipper Jones' 28th homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning off Tanyon Sturtze (4-8), put Atlanta ahead. The Braves scored three runs in the sixth on B.J. Surhoff's RBI single and Andruw Jones' two-run homer.

Expos 11, Red Sox 7

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero and Lee Stevens hit two-run homers as Montreal avoided a sweep in its final interleague series this season.

Guerrero homered off Tim Wakefield (6-4), a 457-foot shot to cap a five-run second. Montreal scored four in the sixth after Boston closed to 6-5 in the top half.

Manny Ramirez hit his 28th home run, one of three solo shots off Troy Mattes (3-1). Wakefield allowed a season-high six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in five innings. He walked five.

Red Sox manager Jimy Williams and Expos coach Ozzie Guillen were ejected.

Giants 10, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eric Davis and Rich Aurilia hit two-run homers in the first inning off Kenny Rogers (5-7) and Davis had five RBIs.

Kirk Rueter (9-6) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Barry Bonds was 1-for-2 with two walks. Bonds has just one homer the past 19 games, leaving him with 40 in 94 games -- which matches Mark McGwire's total after the same number of games in 1998, when he hit a record 70.

Mets 1, Blue Jays 0

NEW YORK -- Al Leiter (6-8) allowed seven hits in seven innings as New York became the last major league team to sweep a series this season. The Mets have won four straight, matching their longest winning streak this year.

The Mets haven't allowed a run in 23 straight innings and have three shutouts in their last four games.

Toronto dropped to 0-9 at Shea Stadium, spoiling a strong outing from Chris Carpenter (7-6), who allowed only a first-inning RBI single to Mike Piazza.

Marlins 8, Orioles 3

MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett (7-5) gave up a home run to Cal Ripken but allowed only four other hits in 7 2-3 innings as Florida completed a three-game sweep.

Ripken received a standing ovation before each at-bat and again after he hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his seventh of the year. It was his final game in Miami, where the Orioles were based for spring training during much of his career.

Florida finished 12-6 against the AL and improved to a major league-best 51-33 in interleague play.

Sidney Ponson (5-6) was the loser.

Tigers 3, Reds 1

CINCINNATI -- Jeff Weaver (9-8) retired 18 in a row after escaping a bases-loaded threat and pitched into the eighth inning on a hot, muggy night. He allowed only four singles and three walks in 7 1-3 innings.

Shane Halter and Robert Fick each had a pair of hits. Detroit has won only six of its last 23 games on the road, including two of three in Cincinnati, where the Reds have the majors' worst home record at 13-35.

Chris Reitsma (4-9) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings. Matt Anderson pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Yankees 4, Phillies 1, 12 innings

PHILADELPHIA -- Tino Martinez's RBI single in the 12th inning drove in the go-ahead run, and Jorge Posada added a two-run homer as New York won its second straight in extra innings after losing three of four following the All-Star break.

The Yankees lead the AL East by 1 1/2 games over Boston. The Phillies fell into a tie for first place in the NL East with Atlanta.

Randy Choate (3-1) worked the 11th for the victory, and Mariano Rivera got his 31st save in 35 chances. New York's bullpen hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings the last two games.

Posada was 4-for-6 with three RBIs.

The Phillies left 17 runners on base, including five in extra innings. Wayne Gomes (4-3) took the loss.

Indians 10, Astros 4

HOUSTON -- Bartolo Colon allowed one hit through five innings before being ejected, and Jim Thome, Marty Cordova and Travis Fryman had two RBIs apiece for Cleveland.

Plate umpire Andy Fletcher ejected Colon (8-7) after the first pitch of the sixth inning sailed behind Scott Servais' head and actually hit the bat.

The tension began in the top of the inning when reliever Jim Mann, just up from Triple-A New Orleans, hit Juan Gonzalez and Cordova with pitches.

Kenny Lofton homered, Jolbert Cabrera doubled and tripled and four other Indians had doubles to lead a 13-hit attack.

Shane Reynolds (8-9) lost his fourth straight start, allowing eight runs on 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Houston's Moises Alou stretched his career-high hitting streak to a National League season-best 22 games.

Cardinals 4, Twins 2

ST. LOUIS -- Darryl Kile allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings as St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.

The defending NL Central champions have won four in a row and seven of 11 to move two games above .500.

The AL Central-leading Twins, who have lost only six of their last 21 games, were swept for just the second time this season.

Fernando Vina, Jim Edmonds and Mike Matheny all had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals in a game delayed by rain 1 hour, 17 minutes in the fifth inning.

Kile (10-7) gave up seven hits, striking out six and walking none. Jason Christiansen got his third save.

Minnesota rookie Kyle Lohse (3-1) gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings.

National League

PITTSBURGH -- Adrian Beltre homered for the second consecutive game, and Terry Adams pitched eight strong innings to lead the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night and a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The resilient Dodgers, troubled by pitching staff injuries all season, have won 14 of 19 to reduce Arizona's lead in the NL West to 2 1/2 games.

Adams (5-3) gave up one run and five hits, striking out seven and retiring his final 14 batters to win for the third time in four decisions. The former reliever had never lasted longer than seven innings in any outing.



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