Sierra powers Yankees to win

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2004

NEW YORK Ruben Sierra gave the New York Yankees a win after Orlando Hernandez gave the frail pitching rotation a big boost heading into their weekend series at Fenway Park.

After El Duque bewildered Toronto for seven innings, Sierra homered with two outs in the ninth to lift New York over the Blue Jays 1-0 Thursday for a two-game sweep.

Ted Lilly pitched 6 2-3 innings against his former team, and New York was outhit 5-3 before the ninth.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 3, 1st game Red Sox 4, Orioles 0, 2nd game

BOSTON Tim Wakefield pitched seven shutout innings five days after a line drive hit his pitching shoulder, and Boston beat Baltimore for a split of their day-night doubleheader.

The Orioles won the opener behind Melvin Mora's two homers and four RBIs, and the pitching of Rodrigo Lopez.

In the night game, David McCarty had a two-run single and Kevin Youkilis hit his fourth homer of the season, ending Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

Royals 13, Tigers 7

DETROIT Mike Sweeney hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to lead Kansas City over the Tigers.

Ken Harvey also connected for the Royals, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the 13th time in 44 road games this season. Sweeney matched a club record with seven RBIs.

Twins 7, Devil Rays 5

MINNEAPOLIS Michael Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Nick Punto had a grand slam, leading Minnesota over Tampa Bay.

Rocco Baldelli tied it at 5 with his first career grand slam for the Devil Rays, who have lost 12 of 17 since moving a season-high two games over .500 on July 3.

Angels 11, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Bartolo Colon allowed just three singles in seven innings against Texas' powerful lineup, and Anaheim beat the AL West-leading Rangers.

Robb Quinlan had four hits for the Angels, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.

White Sox 3, Indians 0

CLEVELAND Freddy Garcia struck out nine in seven-plus innings and Chicago blanked Cleveland for the second straight night.

Garcia (8-8) allowed five hits and improved to 4-1 since joining the White Sox in a trade with Seattle last month.

Mariners 4, Athletics 2

SEATTLE Bret Boone homered for the second night in a row, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Seattle has won four of its last five. Boone's shot off Mark Redman gave the left-hander his second complete-game loss of the season.



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