Late rally pushes Red Sox past Yanks

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

BOSTON Pinch-hitter David Ortiz's two-out RBI single off Armando Benitez in the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Home runs by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez helped the Red Sox build a 4-0 lead against Mike Mussina. But the bullpen blew it, nearly wasting an outstanding start by John Burkett.

The Yankees rallied to tie the game against closer Byung-Hyun Kim on Karim Garcia's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth.

Benitez (0-1), acquired from the Mets on July 16, gave up a one-out single to Jeremy Giambi in the ninth.

Giambi stole second his first career steal as Jason Varitek struck out. After Johnny Damon was intentionally walked, Ortiz hit a drive off the wall in left-center to win it.

After losing the series opener 4-3 Friday night, Boston trimmed New York's lead in the AL East to 2 1/2 games.

Mariners 4, Rangers 0

SEATTLE Joel Pineiro pitched a career-best three-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, leading Seattle over Texas.

Pineiro (12-5) struck out seven and walked two in his third career shutout and second this season.

Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single and Bret Boone had a sacrifice fly for the AL West-leading Mariners, who lead the majors with 12 shutouts.

Surprisingly, the powerful Rangers have been blanked nine times, second-most in the majors. The three hits were a season low for Texas.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Pat Hentgen beat his former team, and Jeff Conine and Melvin Mora homered in Baltimore's victory over Toronto.

Former Blue Jays third baseman Tony Batista had three hits and scored twice.

Hentgen (3-5) won his second straight start, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings.

Toronto starter Mark Hendrickson (6-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Athletics 8, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Rich Harden earned his first major league win and Billy McMillon hit a leadoff homer as Oakland beat Anaheim.

McMillon, Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg had three hits apiece for Oakland. Eric Chavez added a two-run double.

Harden (1-0) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings. He also pitched well at Kansas City in his big league debut last Monday.

The 21-year-old right-hander is considered perhaps the top pitching prospect in baseball.

Tigers 5, Royals 1

DETROIT Jeremy Bonderman took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Ramon Santiago hit a two-run triple as Detroit beat Kansas.

The Tigers improved to 13-36 at home, winning for the second time in three games overall following a six-game losing streak. The AL Central-leading Royals have dropped four of six.

Bonderman (4-14) won for the second time in three starts. Three outs shy of his first shutout, he walked Aaron Guiel leading off the ninth and was lifted after throwing a wild pitch.

Chris Mears came on and finished the three-hitter, a game that took only 2 hours, 7 minutes.

Bonderman allowed one run, walked three and struck out four. Ken Harvey had an RBI groundout in the ninth for Kansas City.

Indians 9, Twins 2

CLEVELAND Rookie Jody Gerut hit a grand slam to highlight Cleveland's eight-run second inning, powering Cleveland over Minnesota.

Billy Traber (5-5) made the huge, early lead stand up by holding the Twins to one earned run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. The rookie left-hander is 5-1 in six starts at home this season.

Gerut and Travis Hafner each had three hits as Cleveland matched a season high with 17.

Gerut's first career slam capped Cleveland's outburst off Kyle Lohse (6-9), who hasn't won in his last eight starts and was tagged for seven earned runs in just 1 2-3 innings.

Minnesota entered ranked No. 2 in the AL in fielding percentage, but miscues by right fielder Dustan Mohr, Lohse and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz allowed the Indians to score four runs and load the bases with one out for Gerut.

Devil Rays 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO Rocco Baldelli homered and drove in four runs as Tampa Bay snapped Chicago's eight-game winning streak.

Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who won for just the 15th time in 49 road games. Tampa Bay finished with 15 hits, including a season-high seven doubles.

Baldelli's big game came one night after he was doused with beer by a fan sitting in the bleachers at U.S. Cellular Field. He broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning with a two-out, two-run double off reliever Rick White (1-2).

Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot, reaching base four times and scoring three runs. Julio Lugo also homered for Tampa Bay.

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