Rangers lose Rodriguez, then lose game to Angels

Texas finds more misery

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers lost star catcher Ivan Rodriguez for the rest of the season because of a broken right thumb, then blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and fell in the 12th, 6-5 to the Anaheim Angels on Monday night.

On a frustrating night for the Rangers, they thought they had won in the 10th on a balk. But with Texas already celebrating, the call was reversed.

Rodriguez, the reigning AL MVP, was injured in the first inning when his thumb hit Mo Vaughn's bat on a swinging third strike as he threw to second base on Kevin Stocker's steal attempt. Stocker was called out by home plate umpire Gerry Davis on batter's interference.

Rodriguez, 28, played earlier this month in his ninth straight All-Star game. He has won eight consecutive Gold Glove awards, an AL record.

The Rangers' career hits leader was batting .347 with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs. Rodriguez will have surgery Tuesday.

Down 5-2, the Angels scored three times in the ninth, giving John Wetteland his sixth blown save in 31 chances. Bengie Molina hit an RBI double with two outs and Scott Spiezio followed with a home run.

Tim Salmon had three hits for Anaheim, including an RBI single in the 12th off Tim Crabtree (1-6). He also homered.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (7-2) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. Troy Percival worked the 12th for his 23rd save.

Yankees 4, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE -- Roger Clemens won his fifth straight start as the New York Yankees ruined an impressive major league debut by Baltimore Orioles left-hander John Parrish.

Glenallen Hill homered in his initial at-bat with the Yankees, who have won seven of 10.

Clemens (9-6) gave up three runs, six hits and a season-high tying five walks in six innings with six strikeouts.

Mike Stanton retired five straight batters and Mariano Rivera got four outs for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

Baltimore went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Parrish, a 22-year-old who never pitched above the Double-A level before this year, struck out nine, including Jorge Posada three times, and allowed only three earned runs, four hits and two walks in seven innings.

Twins 4, Red Sox 2

BOSTON -- Eric Milton allowed four hits in eight shutout innings as Minnesota beat Boston for the first time in eight games this season.

Boston lost for just for the fourth time in 12 games since the All-Star break.

Before the game, Red Sox center fielder Carl Everett unexpectedly dropped his appeal of a 10-game suspension for bumping plate umpire Ronald Kulpa twice during a July 15 game.

Ron Coomer hit a two-run homer for Minnesota, which won for the fourth time in five games.

Milton (9-6), who gave up seven runs in three innings during a 14-4 loss to the Red Sox on July 4, allowed just one runner to reach second. He walked one and struck out eight for his first win in five July starts.

Bob Wells got one out in the ninth before allowing Nomar Garciaparra's double. Eddie Guardado relieved and got another out before Israel Alcantara hit his second career homer. Guardado then struck out Sean Berry to end the game.

Tomo Ohka gave up four runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings of his first major league start this season.

Devil Rays 4, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Greg Vaughn had three hits, including a two-run single for Tampa Bay, which won for only the third time in 10 games.

Albie Lopez (7-7) improved to 4-0 career against Detroit, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings.

Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Hideo Nomo (3-10) has lost three straight decisions and seven of eight. He gave up eight hits and five walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Juan Encarnacion led off the Tigers' fourth with a triple and scored on Bobby Higginson's grounder. Hal Morris hit a two-out single and came around when Brad Ausmus tripled.

White Sox 7, Royals 6

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez hit a go-ahead three-run home run and Carlos Lee drove in three runs for Chicago.

Ordonez hit his 24th homer off Mac Suzuki (5-5) with two outs in the seventh, while Lee had a two-run homer in the second and an RBI single in the sixth.

Johnny Damon had three hits and three RBIs and rookie Mark Quinn had a career-high four hits for the Royals, who dropped their third straight.

Kelly Wunsch (4-3) picked up the win with two-thirds of an inning in relief. Keith Foulke pitched two perfect innings for his 18th save in 20 opportunities.

Suzuki gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.

Mariners 6, Athletics 4

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez hit his 25th home run, leading Jamie Moyer and the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics.

Moyer (11-3) beat the A's for the sixth straight time.

Overall, he's won eight of his last nine decisions.

Moyer gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 opportunities. He's been successful in his last 14 chances.

Kevin Appier (8-8) tied a career high with his fifth loss in a row. He allowed five runs on nine hits and six walks in six innings, and remained winless since June 23.

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