Baltimore pitcher wins six straight decisions in one month

Lopez finishes fabulous July

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rodrigo Lopez became the first Baltimore pitcher in 23 years to win six straight decisions in a single month as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-2 Wednesday night.

Lopez (12-3) gave up one run and six hits over six innings.

Baltimore's Chris Richard homered on the first major league pitch he saw this season to lead off the second inning. Richard, activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, had left shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Marty Cordova and Jerry Hairston also homered for the Orioles, who beat Luis De Los Santos (0-3).

Athletics 6, Indians 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Ellis singled home Terrence Long with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Oakland avoided a sweep.

Mark Mulder (12-6) recovered from a rocky second inning to win for the 10th time in 13 starts as the A's salvaged one victory against Cleveland following two narrow losses.

Eric Chavez and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homers in the second for Oakland. The Athletics rallied from an early four-run deficit, then went ahead in the eighth when Long led off with a single against Jacob Westbrook (0-1).

Blue Jays 9, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer and Dewayne Wise drove in three runs for Toronto.

Hinske hit his 18th homer after Shannon Stewart led off the game with a single off Shawn Sedlacek (1-2). Hinske is two homers shy of the team's rookie record set by Fred McGriff in 1987.

Blue Jays starter Steve Parris (4-2) did not allow a hit until Aaron Guiel led off the fourth with a double.

Rangers 17, Yankees 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer, his major league-best 36th, and rookie Kevin Mench had four hits as the Texas set season highs for hits and runs in support of Rob Bell (4-3).

Every Rangers starter but Carl Everett had at least a hit and an RBI as Texas banged out 21 hits. A-Rod, Frank Catalonotto and Ivan Rodriguez each had three, with the latter hitting a three-run homer as the Rangers pounded Mike Mussina (13-5).

He joined Boston's Lefty Grove as the only pitchers to give up seven extra-base hits -- in an inning when he allowed A-Rod's homer and six doubles in the second.

Twins 2, White Sox 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Ortiz hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Minnesota the victory.

Ortiz's hit came after Antonio Osuna (5-2) intentionally walked Corey Koskie to load the bases with one out.

J.C. Romero (6-1) pitched the 10th for the win, walking one and striking out one.

The AL Central-leading Twins won despite being held to five hits for the second straight game. Minnesota came into the game with the highest batting average in the majors (.303).

Mariners 5, Tigers 2

SEATTLE -- Bret Boone hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning as the Mariners beat Detroit for Seattle's first three-game home sweep of the Tigers in 13 years.

Boone hit his 15th homer of the season on the first pitch he saw from starter Brian Powell (1-1). The two-out shot to the right-field bleachers scored Carlos Guillen, who led off with a single, and John Olerud, who walked with two outs before Boone came to the plate.

Boone now has three homers and 14 RBIs since the All-Star break after struggling in the first half of the season. He was 0-for-5 in Tuesday's 5-4 win.

Seattle helped James Baldwin (7-7) finish July on a positive note. He was 0-1 in his previous four starts, including Seattle's 8-0 loss to Anaheim last Friday.

Red Sox 2, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Wakefield pitched five scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox scored both of their runs on sacrifice flies as they beat Anaheim to tie the Angels in the AL wild card race.

Wakefield (5-3) allowed five hits over five innings, struck out five and walked one for his 99th career victory. The knuckleballer improved to 3-1 as a starter this season.

Nomar Garciaparra and Brian Daubach hit sacrifice flies to account for Boston's runs as the Red Sox won the series 2-1.

Boston moved within four games of the New York Yankees in the East and improved its major league-leading road record to 35-19.

Anaheim dropped two games behind first-place Seattle in the West, losing for the third time in its last five games.

Red Sox reliever Alan Embree, who took the loss Monday night in his first appearance after coming off the disabled list, gave up Troy Glaus' homer in the eighth.

Ugueth Urbina got three outs for his 25th save in 29 attempts.

John Lackey (2-2) took the loss.

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