Indians amp up bats vs. Royals

Posted: Friday, July 22, 2005

CLEVELAND — Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez hit three-run homers to lead Jake Westbrook and the fading Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 victory Thursday over the Kansas City Royals.

Westbrook (7-12) didn't allow an earned run, scattered nine hits and worked out of several jams, only once retiring the Royals in order. He walked none and struck out five in seven innings.

The Indians, who were 10 games over .500 on July 4 and in the thick of the playoff race, improved to just 3-11 since by salvaging a split of the four-game series against one of the AL's worst teams.

Peralta homered in the fourth off J.P. Howell (1-4) and Martinez capped Cleveland's seven-run seventh with a shot off Leo Nunez.

Casey Blake added a solo homer and Aaron Boone and a two-run single for the Indians.

Blue Jays 6, Mariners 3

TORONTO — Josh Towers won for just the second time in his last 12 starts, and Shea Hillenbrand hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.

Reed Johnson also homered for Toronto.

Towers (7-8) allowed three runs and five hits while striking out one and walking none in seven-plus innings. Miguel Batista pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Joel Pineiro (3-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings as Seattle lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Twins 10, Tigers 5

DETROIT — Bret Boone and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs apiece and Joe Mauer scored three in Minnesota's victory over the sloppy Tigers.

Detroit committed four errors, and had three wild pitches and a balk to help the Twins win their third straight game.

Johan Santana (9-5) gave up three runs and nine hits in five innings. Jason Johnson (6-8) lost at home for just the second time in 11 starts, allowing eight runs — six earned — on 10 hits and a wild pitch in four-plus innings.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 5

CHICAGO — Boston's Manny Ramirez homered in the top of the ninth inning on the first pitch after Chicago third baseman Joe Crede dropped his foul popup for an error.

Crede, whose RBI double with two outs off Curt Schilling (2-3) tied the game in the eighth, couldn't hang on to the popup near the stands and Ramirez got another chance.

Then he reached Luis Vizcaino (4-4) for his 26th homer.

The White Sox tied it in the eighth when Aaron Rowand doubled and eventually scored on Crede's two-out double.

Schilling pitched the final two innings in his fifth relief appearance and got his first win since April 18, a game he started.

Boston took a 5-4 lead with two seventh-inning runs as Chicago second baseman Tadahito Iguchi made two errors on one play and Kevin Millar hit a sacrifice fly.

Athletics 6, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland's Nick Swisher drove in three runs and scored another, and Jay Payton hit a slow chopper through the left side of the infield for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Oakland overcame an early 3-0 deficit against Kenny Rogers — who might have been making his last start for a while — to win for the 19th time in 24 games. Rogers will go before commissioner Bud Selig on Friday to appeal his 20-game suspension for shoving two cameramen.

Jay Witasick (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for his first win since 2003.

Payton's decisive hit came off Kameron Loe (4-3).

Angels 6, Yankees 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero broke out of his slump with a grand slam to rally the Angels.

Guerrero's towering shot greeted reliever Tom Gordon in the seventh and brought the Angels back from a 5-2 deficit.

The homer, only the fifth hit in 45 at-bats for last year's AL MVP, came after Randy Johnson had held the Angels to two runs on four hits before leaving after the sixth inning.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he pulled Johnson after the sixth because Johnson ''tweaked'' his back on the last play of the sixth inning and he didn't want to take any chances with his ace. Torre indicated the Big Unit will make his next scheduled start.

Jason Giambi homered twice off Bartolo Colon, the second game in a row the Yankees' first baseman hit a pair. It was his third multihomer game of the season and 26th of his career.

Giambi has hit 15 home runs this season, 10 this month.

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer, his AL-leading 27th, and Hideki Matsui also hit a solo shot, his 16th.

Colon (12-6) allowed all four New York homers. He gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings and struck out three.

Scot Shields pitched the eighth. He gave way to Francisco Rodriguez, who gave up a double to Alex Rodriguez leading off the ninth.

A-Rod advanced to third on Mastui's flyball, but Rodriguez got out of the jam by striking out Giambi and — after walking Bernie Williams — getting pinch-hitter Jorge Posada to ground out to second for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Gordon (3-4) was charged with run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The Yankees went up 5-2 on homers by Giambi and Matsui in the seventh after Giambi homered in the fourth.

Los Angeles had closed to 3-2 on Garret Anderson's RBI single in the sixth inning.

The Angels got their first hit — and first run — off Johnson in the fourth inning. Johnson hit Darin Erstad with a pitch leading off the inning. One out later, Anderson singled to move Erstad to third, then Bengie Molina followed with a sacrifice fly.

Derek Jeter got New York off to a quick start, tripling over Guerrero's head in right field on Colon's first pitch of the game. Robinson Cano followed with a bloop single to center to put the Yankees on the board.

Gary Sheffield then grounded into a double play before Rodriguez homered for a 2-0 lead.

Notes: John Flaherty has caught eight of Johnson's last nine starts. The Big Unit is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA in those eight games. Posada caught the other game during that stretch, and Johnson gave up seven runs over three innings. ...The sellout crowd of 44,109 put the Angels at 2,042,849 this season, making them the second team this season — behind the Yankees — to top the two million mark in home attendance. ... Cano's RBI single in the opening inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... It was only the second time in 20 starts this season that Colon has allowed more than two homers. The Yankees hit three against him on April 26 in a 12-4 victory at New York.



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