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Crisp play lets Indians trap Tigers

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

CLEVELAND Coco Crisp, who wasn't in Cleveland's original starting lineup Tuesday night, had first career grand slam among three hits and drove in a career-high five runs for the Indians in a 10-6 victory Tuesday night over the Detroit Tigers.

He became a late replacement as the starter in left field and at leadoff when Travis Hafner was scratched with a sprained neck and Matt Lawton moved to designated hitter. Crisp hit his slam in the second inning off Gary Knotts (5-6) and added a RBI single in the fifth.

Crisp also scored twice and also saved at least one run in the second with a leaping catch against the left-field wall. C.C. Sabathia (7-5) struggled through six innings, allowing a three-run homer to Rondell White. Bobby Higginson had three RBIs for Detroit.

Devil Rays 6, Royals 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Rocco Baldelli had an RBI double and threw a runner out at the plate to help Tampa Bay end a six-game losing streak.

Baldelli hit the RBI double off Darrell May (7-11) during a two-run third that put Tampa Bay up 3-1.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the first, but failed to score because of Baldelli's defensive play in center field. He caught Ken Harvey's fly in medium center and made a strong throw to catcher Toby Hall to retire a sliding David DeJesus.

Hall homered and drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who won behind Dewon Brazelton (3-3).

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO Jorge Posada hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, Gary Sheffield connected for his 400th career home run and New York rallied to win.

Orlando Hernandez became the latest Yankees starter with an injury, leaving after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown are on the disabled list, and Tanyon Sturtze injured his right pinky in the brawl with Boston on Saturday.

Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter singled and Sheffield walked. Justin Speier relieved Kerry Ligtenberg (1-3), and Alex Rodriguez hit a game-tying sacrifice fly. One night after hitting a grand slam, Posada homered off Speier, giving New York a 5-2 lead.

Bernie Williams and Sheffield homered in the ninth. Scott Proctor (1-0) got for his first major league career victory.

Twins 7, White Sox 3

CHICAGO Johan Santana pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and surging Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox to take a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL Central.

Cristian Guzman had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Corey Koskie was hit by a pitch three times to tie a major league record as the Twins won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Santana (9-6) walked two and struck out six, giving him an AL-best 161 strikeouts, in six-plus innings. After Ben Davis singled with one out in the third for the White Sox's first hit, Santana retired 11 straight before Carlos Lee led off the seventh with his 18th homer the first of two on the night.

After Lee's homer, Santana walked Paul Konerko and hit Carl Everett with a pitch before Juan Rincon relieved. Chicago's Freddy Garcia (8-9) gave up seven hits and four runs in 7 1-3 innings.

Angels 2, Rangers 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, Jose Guillen and Robb Quinlan had RBis and Anaheim beat Texas after the teams scuffled during batting practice.

Colon (9-8) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and Troy Percival got his 299th career save.

Before the game, a fight broke out between Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy and Rangers catcher Gerald Laird, a carry-over from their dispute the night before. Laird thought Kennedy attempted to be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and said something to Kennedy the next time he came to bat.

Athletics 5, Mariners 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Bobby Crosby and Eric Chavez homered, Mark Redman won for the first time in six starts and the Athletics handed Seattle its 14th straight road loss. Erubiel Durazo hit an RBI double and Eric Byrnes had a sacrifice fly in support of Redman (7-8), who pitched into the seventh inning. He beat Ryan Franklin (3-9) to give Oakland its fourth straight victory with Octavio Dotel getting the save.

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning single. Suzuki's tear is the longest run in the majors after the 22-game streak of Atlanta's J.D. Drew ended Tuesday night. The Mariners matched a 16-year-old franchise record for consecutive road losses.



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