Valentin hits three homers, White Sox roll

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jose Valentin hit three home runs in the first five innings and Paul Konerko had a grand slam and a career-high six RBIs as the Chicago White Sox routed the Kansas City Royals 15-4 Wednesday night.

Chicago has won three straight, pulling within two games of AL Central-leading Kansas City, the closest the White Sox have been to first place since April 8. Chicago set season highs for runs, hits (19) and homers (six).

Rangers 9, Red Sox 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Laynce Nix, Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock homered, and Nix drove in four runs.

Robert Ellis (1-1) gave up two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings for his first victory since June 16, 2001.

Twins 5, Orioles 1

MINNEAPOLIS Brad Radke (7-9) won for just the second time in 13 starts, taking a four-hit shutout into the eighth. He wound up allowing one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, his fewest runs allowed since opening day.

Jacque Jones had three RBIs for the Twins, who moved with 5 1/2 games of first place.

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO Jeff Liefer hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Cory Lidle (11-9) in the fourth after being recalled from the minors earlier in the day, putting Tampa Bay ahead 4-3.

Victor Zambrano (8-5) improved to 7-3 since returning from the minors May 23, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Jesus Colome pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Yankees 8, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Roger Clemens (10-7) pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since the 2-0 loss to Boston's Pedro Martinez on May 28, 2000. He had gone 104 regular-season starts without a complete game, the longest drought in Yankees history.

Clemens, who turns 41 Monday, pitched his 46th shutout, his first since June 29, 1999, against Detroit.

Mariners 13, Tigers 3

SEATTLE Randy Winn had his first two-homer game, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs.

Winn hit his slam and John Olerud had a three-run homer in a nine-run first, the Mariners' biggest inning since they scored 10 runs at Chicago on May 2, 2002.

Indians 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. C.C. Sabathia (9-6) gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Milton Bradley and Victor Martinez drove in runs, and Danys Baez got three outs for his 23rd save.

Ted Lilly (6-9) lost for the fourth time in five decisions, allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings.

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