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White Sox stay hot with win over Twins

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brook Fordyce broke out of a 1-for-18 slump with three hits, including a homer, to back the solid pitching of rookie left-hander Mark Buehrle as the Chicago White Sox won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The White Sox, with a 10 1/2-game lead in the AL Central, have baseball's best record, 60-34, and have won 29 of their last 40 games. They've also won 21 of their last 27 road games and own the best road record in baseball, 31-17.

Buehrle (1-0), a 21-year old left-hander who had pitched just one big-league inning, went seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits.

Eric Milton (8-6) lost his fourth straight start.

Royals 10, Indians 5

CLEVELAND -- Dave McCarty hit a grand slam and Johnny Damon had a three-run homer to power the Royals past Cleveland.

McCarty's first career grand slam gave the Royals a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. Gregg Zaun followed with a solo homer off Chuck Finley (8-7), who had allowed only three hits over the first five innings.

Mac Suzuki (5-4) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings as Kansas City earned consecutive wins for the first time since June 28-29.

Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 2

TORONTO -- Kelvim Escobar allowed just two hits in eight innings and Brad Fullmer drove in three runs as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.

Escobar (7-9) allowed a single to Miguel Cairo in the third and a two-run homer to Jose Canseco in the fourth. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked four.

Fullmer's 17th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, gave Toronto a 5-2 lead. The Blue Jays have homered in 18 straight games.

Albie Lopez (6-7) gave up five runs on nine hits for the Devil Rays.

Yankees 9, Tigers 1

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens won his fourth straight start since coming off the disabled list and Paul O'Neill and David Justice each hit two-run homers as the Yankees battered the Tigers.

Clemens (8-6) allowed six hits and struck out 11 in eight innings. He coasted to his 255th career victory after the Yankees built an early lead against Hideo Nomo (3-9).

It was the 96th time in his career that Clemens has had 10 or more strikeouts in a game, fourth on the all-time list and one back of Sandy Koufax.

Rangers 3, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right fielder Scarborough Green threw out Scott Spiezio at the plate to end the game, preserving the Texas Rangers' win over the Anaheim Angels.

With Spiezio on second base and two outs, Kevin Stocker singled. Green fielded the ball and threw on the fly to catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who made the tag.

Gabe Kapler homered and Dave Martinez had a pair of RBI singles as the Rangers ended a three-game losing streak.

Kenny Rogers (10-7) won for the seventh time in nine decisions, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

John Wetteland pitched the ninth and got his 24th save, thanks to Green's throw.

Kent Bottenfield (6-8) took the loss.

Mariners 6, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jamie Moyer extended his Oakland Coliseum winning streak to five starts and Mark McLemore drove in three runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Athletics.

Moyer (10-3), who has won seven of his last eight starts, allowed three runs on six hits in seven-plus innings and struck out four.

Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth, striking out the side, for his 23rd save.

A's starter Kevin Appier (8-7), who is 0-4 over his last five starts, allowed six runs on 10 hits over six-plus innings.



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