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Twins wash up Sox; win ninth in 11 tries

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

CHICAGO -- David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Torii Hunter had three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 11 games.

Doug Mientkiewicz and Bobby Kielty also homered for the Twins, who opened a 14-game lead in the AL Central. Chicago, which stranded 12 runners, has lost 15 of 21.

Twins starter Kyle Lohse (10-5) allowed eight hits in his longest outing of the season. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by striking out Mark Johnson and retiring Kenny Lofton on a popup.

Chicago's Jon Garland (8-8) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Chris Carpenter won his fourth straight decision, and Carlos Delgado hit the first of three straight RBI singles by Toronto in the eighth inning, leading the resurgent Blue Jays past Baltimore.

Dewayne Wise hit his first major league homer for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 12. Toronto improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by sweeping the rain-shortened two-game series.

Carpenter (4-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking one. He is 4-0 with three no-decisions since spending a second stint on the disabled list with tendinitis in his shoulder.

Yankees 14, Indians 7

CLEVELAND -- Jason Giambi homered off the top of the foul pole in right field and tied a team record by scoring five runs as the New York Yankees rolled past the Cleveland Indians.

New York led 10-0 after two turns at bat, and made things pretty easy for David Wells (11-5), who wasn't sharp, but didn't have to be.

Giambi matched the club mark for runs done a total of 14 times by 11 different players. He had four hits and drove in three runs.

Bernie Williams, Rondell White and Robin Ventura also had three RBIs for New York.

Nick Johnson hit a two-run homer and Derek Jeter scored three times for the Yankees, who pounded Ryan Drese (8-8) and improved to 63-37. New York was 59-41 after 100 games last season.

Ellis Burks hit his 22nd homer for the Indians, who staggered to the 100-game mark at 44-56. Last year, they were 58-42 on their way to the AL Central title.

Devil Rays 9, Red Sox 5

BOSTON -- Andy Sheets hit a three-run home run to highlight a six-run second inning, and Tampa Bay's bullpen did not allow a run over six innings as the Devil Rays beat the Boston Red Sox.

Tampa Bay starter Joe Kennedy lasted just three innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.

Jesus Colome (2-5) pitched three hitless innings in relief for the win, and Victor Zambrano allowed one hit over the final three innings for his first save.

Frank Castillo (5-11), who made his first relief appearance for Boston on Sunday against the New York Yankees, lasted just 1 2-3 innings and lost his fifth straight decision.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Kenny Rogers, starting a day after turning down a trade to Cincinnati, pitched eight effective innings as the Texas Rangers posted a rare victory over the Seattle Mariners.

The Rangers were set to send Rogers to the Reds this week for three minor leaguers, but the left-hander cited family concerns and invoked his no-trade clause.

Seattle had shown interest in acquiring Rogers before Texas worked out the deal with Cincinnati. The Rangers were unwilling to pick up any part of Rogers' salary in a deal with the Mariners, who have said they don't want to go over their $90 million payroll.

Rogers (11-5) won for the second time at Safeco Field in his fourth start against the Mariners this season. He beat them 9-0 with a five-hitter on April 19.

In his four starts against Seattle this season, Rogers is 2-0 with an 1.50 ERA. Rogers gave up three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits and one walk.

The Rangers beat the Mariners for the second time in 11 games in 2002. They're 7-24 against Seattle in the past two seasons.

Angels 5, Athletics 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Aaron Sele pitched seven strong innings and Orlando Palmeiro hit a three-run double as the Anaheim Angels beat the Oakland Athletics.

Sele (8-7) scattered six hits, walked none and struck out four. The only run the right-hander allowed came in the seventh, when Miguel Tejada led off with his 22nd homer and 117th of his career -- breaking Eddie Joost's record for most home runs by an Athletics shortstop in the franchise's 102-year history. Tejada also owns the single-season club mark for homers by a shortstop with 31 last year.

Tim Hudson (7-9) lost to the Angels for the second time in eight days, allowing five runs and eight hits in seven innings with five strikeouts. The right-hander entered the game 9-2 lifetime against Anaheim, and 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six career starts at Edison Field.

Adam Kennedy, who failed to make it to second base on an extremely high popup that was dropped by Tejada in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the A's, was back in the starting lineup -- and hustled to set up the game's first run.

Kennedy led off the second with a bunt single up the third-base line, beating the throw from Eric Chavez with a headfirst slide. David Eckstein followed with an RBI triple and came home two pitches later on Hudson's seventh wild pitch, the most on the Oakland staff.



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