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Devil Rays corral fourth straight win

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

  Baltimore Oriole's Miguel Tejada reacts after getting the force at second on Texas Ranger's Michael Young but unable to make the throw to first because no one was covering the bag in the third inning Monday, July 25, 2005 in Baltimore. Unable to complete the double play allowed the Texas Ranger's Rod Barajas to score the first run. AP Photo/Gail Burton

Baltimore Oriole's Miguel Tejada reacts after getting the force at second on Texas Ranger's Michael Young but unable to make the throw to first because no one was covering the bag in the third inning Monday, July 25, 2005 in Baltimore. Unable to complete the double play allowed the Texas Ranger's Rod Barajas to score the first run.

AP Photo/Gail Burton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Devil Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth straight victory, beating Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday night on Aubrey Huff's two-out RBI double in the 10th inning.

Jorge Cantu scored from first base when the game-winning hit off Schilling (2-4) soared over right fielder Trot Nixon's head and bounced off the wall to end Boston's first extra-inning game of the season.

Rangers 4, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Alfonso Soriano homered among his three hits and drove in two runs, helping Texas stop a five-game losing streak.

Joaquin Benoit (2-1) blanked Baltimore on four hits over five innings in his second start of the season. The first came last Wednesday, when he allowed six runs in five innings in a loss to the New York Yankees.

Francisco Cordero, the fifth Texas pitcher, worked the ninth for his 23rd save, getting Miguel Tejada to hit into a game-ending double play,

It was a bad night for Baltimore in more ways than one. Not only did the Orioles extend their losing streak to six games, tying a season high, but they also lost a possible addition of San Diego Padres first baseman Phil Nevin, who blocked a proposed trade that would have sent him to the Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson.

White Sox 14, Royals 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jermaine Dye had three hits and drove in four runs, and Juan Uribe homered among his three hits and had three RBIs to lead Chicago in a rout of Kansas City.

Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand, Willie Harris and A.J. Pierzynski each added three hits for the White Sox, who matched a season high with 22 hits, the most allowed by the Royals this year.

Podsednik stole his AL-leading 51st base and Pierzynski hit a solo shot in the ninth inning as the White Sox improved to 10-0 against the Royals this season.

Athletics 13, Indians 4

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eric Chavez homered twice and drove in four runs, Barry Zito pitched six strong innings to win his sixth start in a row and Oakland won its seventh straight.

Mark Ellis hit a two-run double, Scott Hatteberg had a two-run single and scored twice, and Dan Johnson and Jason Kendall drove in two runs apiece as the streaking A's took over sole possession of the AL wild-card lead, a half-game ahead of idle Minnesota.

Mariners 5, Tigers 3

SEATTLE — Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive home runs in the fourth inning for the Mariners.

Seattle went ahead with two runs in the seventh on Beltre's RBI single and rookie Jeremy Reed's RBI groundout. Sexson had an infield hit in the inning.

J.J. Putz (4-3) got the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 22nd straight save, and his 23rd in 24 opportunities overall.

Nate Robertson (5-8), who started the night with the AL's seventh-best ERA at 3.32, had a three-game winning streak snapped. In 6 1-3 innings, he gave up five runs and nine hits with six strikeouts.

National League

HOUSTON — Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman set an Astros record by hitting consecutive home runs twice in one game, and Andy Pettitte won his fifth straight decision to lead Houston past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Monday night.

Jason Lane also connected for Houston, which has won eight of nine and 20 of 27.

Cubs 3, Giants 2

CHICAGO — Jeromy Burnitz hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Chicago rallied past San Francisco.

Shut down by Jason Schmidt for seven innings, Chicago tied the game in the eighth on Neifi Perez's bases-loaded single.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 2

MILWAUKEE — J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to back Ben Sheets, and Milwaukee beat Arizona.

Hardy, in an 0-for-11 slide, connected off Tim Worrell (0-2), making his second appearance since Arizona acquired him from Philadelphia last Thursday. It was just the third homer in 216 at-bats this year for Hardy, his second in six days.

Lyle Overbay and Brady Clark also homered for the Brewers. Sheets (6-7) allowed two runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Derrick Turnbow finished for his 21st save in 23 chances.

Dodgers 4, Reds 0

LOS ANGELES — Derek Lowe allowed only one hit in eight innings and Jason Repko hit a three-run double for the Dodgers.

Lowe (7-10) struck out five and got 16 groundball outs before leaving due to a blister on his right thumb after 97 pitches. Steve Schmoll worked a perfect ninth to finish it.

Cincinnati got its only hit when Rich Aurilia singled sharply through the left side with two outs in the fifth. Lowe allowed just two flyouts, both by rookie Edwin Encarnacion.

Rockies 5, Mets 3

DENVER — Jose Acevedo allowed three runs over six innings in a spot start, helping Colorado open its homestand with a victory over New York.

Acevedo (2-0), who started for the Reds last year and was traded to Colorado this spring, made his first start of the season, allowing five hits and striking out one without a walk. He was replacing Jason Jennings, who was lost for the season last week when he broke his finger sliding into second base.

Brian Fuentes got his 15th save in 18 chances, retiring Mike Piazza with a runner on to end it.

Todd Helton had three hits to improve his average to .294, but pulled up lame running the bases in the seventh and limped into the dugout. The Rockies didn't have an immediate report on his condition.

Tom Glavine (7-8) allowed five runs over six innings and lost for just the second time in seven starts.



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