Orioles crumple Twins

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Historic hits from Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro and a go-ahead homer from Miguel Tejada in the 11th inning gave the Baltimore Orioles a big win in Erik Bedard's return.

Sosa's two-run homer in the seventh off Carlos Silva was his 584th, moving him past Mark McGwire and into sole possession of sixth place on the career list, two behind Frank Robinson.

Palmeiro went 3-for-5 to tie Al Kaline for 24th on the career list with 3,007 hits, and Tejada's first homer in a month lifted the Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Sosa and Tejada had both gone homerless since the same game on June 18. Sosa had not homered in 78 at-bats since connecting off Colorado's Byung-Hyun Kim, and Tejada, the All-Star MVP, went 95 at-bats without a homer before connecting on a 1-2 slider from Juan Rincon (1-2) to break a 2-all tie. It was Tejada's 20th home run of the season.

''Right before he got up I said to him, 'Miggy this is your time of the game,''' Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. ''He's done that many times before.''

Devil Rays 3, Red Sox 1

BOSTON — Scott Kazmir overcame control problems to hold Boston to three hits over six innings, and Tampa Bay handed the Red Sox 3-1 their sixth loss in seven games.

Kazmir (4-7) walked six to bring his AL-leading total to 62, struck out seven and allowed an unearned run. Damon Hollins hit his first major league triple and scored in the second, and Joey Gathright hit a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.

Indians 6, Royals 2

CLEVELAND — Cliff Lee was credited with his first career complete game and Ben Broussard homered as Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak with the rain-shortened win.

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning following two rain delays.

White Sox 7, Tigers 5

CHICAGO — Joe Crede's three-run homer highlighted Chicago's five-run seventh inning as it won its fifth straight after losing three in a row heading into the All-Star break.

Crede's home was one of three the White Sox hit in their big inning that started with them trailing 4-1.

Paul Konerko hit reliever Chris Spurling's first pitch of the seventh for his 21st homer. One out later, Jermaine Dye doubled and A.J. Pierzynski singled, setting up Crede's 13th homer. Juan Uribe then broke an 0-for-23 slump with another homer off Spurling (2-1), who gave up five runs and five hits in one-third of an inning. He had given up just one home run in 30 innings before Monday.

Angels 5, Athletics 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Orlando Cabrera's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning and Vladimir Guerrero had two RBIs to lead Los Angeles.

Rookie Ervin Santana (4-4) allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking three for the Angels, who increased their AL West lead to eight games over second-place Texas and 8 1/2 over third-place Oakland.

Yankees 11, Rangers 10

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui homered and Ruben Sierra hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth to give New York the victory that moved the Yankees back into first place. New York, which won for the 11th time in 13 games, improved to a season-high nine games over .500 (50-41) and leads the AL East by a half-game over Boston and Baltimore.

The Yankees, who have won seven straight division titles, had not been alone in first since beating the Red Sox in the April 3 season opener and had not held a share since after games of April 9, when they were tied with Tampa Bay and Toronto.

Kevin Brown, sidelined by a back injury since June 18, gave up three runs in the first but the Yankees scored six in the second and led 9-6 in the sixth before giving up four runs.

Sierra injured his left hamstring on his go-ahead hit, a single into the gap off Doug Brocail (3-2) with two outs.

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 24th straight save conversion, the longest streak of his career within a season.

Tanyon Sturtze (3-1), the fourth Yankees pitcher, worked 2 1-3 innings.

Orioles 3, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Sammy Sosa homered to move past Mark McGwire on the career list, Rafael Palmeiro had three hits to tie Al Kaline and Miguel Tejada homered in the 11th inning to lift Baltimore.

Sosa's two-run homer in the seventh was his 584th, moving him into sole possession of sixth place, two behind Frank Robinson. Sosa had not homered in 78 at-bats since connecting June 18 off Colorado's Byung-Hyun Kim.

Palmeiro went 3-for-5 to tie Kaline for 24th place at 3,007.

Tejada had not homered since June 18, a span of 95 at-bats, before connecting on a 1-2 slider from Juan Rincon (1-2) to break a 2-2 tie. It was Tejada's 20th of the season.

Baltimore's Erik Bedard, in his first start since May 21, allowed four hits in six shutout innings and struck out seven. Bedard, who went on the disabled list on May 22 with a sprained left knee, was activated before the game.

Minnesota has lost eight of 11.

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