Garcia keeps winning for White Sox

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. Freddy Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for the White Sox, who won for the second time in their last 17 games at Oakland.

Garcia (7-8) is 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA since Seattle dealt him to the White Sox on June 27. He allowed two runs one earned and two hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

Twins 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Johan Santana allowed one hit in eight innings, while Lew Ford and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back home runs for Minnesota.

Santana (8-6) improved 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts, allowing only a leadoff double to Angel Berroa in the second inning as the Twins stopped a five-game losing streak.

Santana, who pitched a three-hit shutout against Kansas City on July 6, struck out nine to raise his league-leading total to 145. He walked four and hit a batter.

Orioles 3, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Miguel Tejada had three hits and an RBI, leading Rodrigo Lopez and Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay designated Fred McGriff for assignment, ending his comeback with the Devil Rays. The 40-year-old slugger is seven homers shy of 500.

Lopez (7-5) allowed only one run despite walking five in 5 1-3 innings. He got help from four relievers, and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 opportunities. Julio gave up a solo homer to Aubrey Huff.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT Orlando Hernandez won his second straight start since getting called up from the minors, and New York beat Detroit for its sixth victory in seven games.

Gary Sheffield homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. The Tigers, who matched their 2003 wins total Friday, lost for just the third time in nine games.

Before a crowd of 41,857, the third-largest in Comerica Park's five-year history, Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He beat Tampa Bay 10-3 last weekend, his first game in the majors since 2002.

Rangers 4, Blue Jays 0

ARLINGTON, Texas Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Ricardo Rodriguez combined with three relievers on an eight-hitter to lead Texas over Toronto.

Teixeira hit his 20th homer in the fourth after Michael Young singled off Ted Lilly (7-7) and Alfonso Soriano walked. Soriano, the All-Star game MVP, added an RBI single in the eighth off Vinnie Chulk.

Rodriguez (3-0), coming off a three-hit shutout of Cleveland on July 8, allowed eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. Brian Shouse, Frank Francisco and Ron Mahay finished Texas' fifth shutout of the season. The AL West-leading Rangers (51-37) matched the 1996 team for the best record after 88 games in club history.

Angels 8, Red Sox 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy homered, and Bartolo Colon pitched six solid innings to lead the Angels over Boston.

Colon (7-8) won his second straight start after going 1-6 with an 8.45 ERA in his previous 10 outings. The right-hander allowed a run and three hits, including the first of Johnny Damon's two homers. He struck out one and walked five.

Indians 6, Mariners 5

SEATTLE Ben Broussard hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and drove in three runs, sending C.C. Sabathia and Cleveland to a victory over the Mariners.

All-Star second baseman Ronnie Belliard made a running catch of Miguel Olivo's broken-bat blooper with the bases loaded in the ninth, preserving the victory for Cleveland.

David Riske struck out his first two batters in the ninth, then loaded the bases before retiring Olivo for his fifth save.

The last-place Mariners lost for the 11th time in 12 games despite Bucky Jacobsen's first major league home run and three RBIs.

Sabathia (6-4) allowed three runs, six hits and a season-high five walks in six innings. The two-time All-Star struck out six, winning for the fourth time in five decisions.

Ryan Franklin (3-8) was the loser.

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