Guillen's extra-inning homer beats Mariners

Posted: Sunday, August 01, 2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Anaheim Angels a stunning 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Curtis Pride, who took over in the outfield for an injured Vladimir Guerrero, led off the 11th with a single against Eddie Guardado (2-2). Guillen drove an 0-1 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 20th homer and career-high fifth hit and was mobbed by his teammates as he crossed home plate.

Brendan Donnelly (3-2) allowed two hits in two innings and got the win despite giving up a go-ahead RBI single by Bret Boone in the top of the 11th.

David Eckstein got an RBI single in the eighth against Shigetoshi Hasegawa to give Anaheim a 7-6 lead. But Ichiro Suzuki homered into the right-field seats on reliever Troy Percival's first pitch of the ninth to tie it.

Yankees 6, Orioles 4

NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez stole home and hit a long homer, Gary Sheffield also connected and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Saturday.

The Yankees also made a big deal just before baseball's 4 p.m. trade deadline, acquiring All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza from the Chicago White Sox for enigmatic right-hander Jose Contreras and $3 million.

Javier Vazquez (12-6) lasted only 5 1-3 innings on a humid afternoon, but that was enough to improve to 9-2 in his last 14 starts. Erik Bedard (4-6) has lost four of his last five starts.

Mariano Rivera got three outs for his major league-leading 37th save in 40 chances and the 320th of his career, tying him with Roberto Hernandez for ninth place on the career list.

Tigers 3, White Sox 2

DETROIT Cliff Politte walked Carlos Guillen to force in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, stretching Chicago's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Alex Sanchez started the rally with a one-out single off Politte. Omar Infante singled, with the ball glancing off the glove of diving shortstop Jose Valentin. Sanchez went to third and Infante moved to second on the throw. Ivan Rodriguez was then intentionally walked.

First baseman Paul Konerko saved a potential winning hit, making a diving catch of Dmitri Young's liner, but Guillen followed by walking on a 3-1 pitch.

Ugueth Urbina (4-5) pitched a perfect inning of relief to earn the victory. Politte (0-3) came in to start the 10th and took the loss, allowing one run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Royals 10, Indians 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Matt Stairs hit a three-run double and the Kansas City Royals broke an eight-game losing streak.

Mike Sweeney and Desi Relaford also homered for Kansas City, and Stairs matched a career high with his third triple of the season.

Omar Vizquel homered and extended his hitting streak to 13 games for Cleveland, which lost for just the second time in nine games and missed a chance to pass the Chicago White Sox for second place in the AL Central.

Zack Greinke (3-8) gave up three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four.

Kazuhito Tadano (1-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3 2-3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jorge Sosa allowed two runs over five innings in his first start of the season and Robert Fick hit a two-run homer.

Sosa (3-0) was moved into the rotation after 29 relief appearances when Victor Zambrano was traded Friday to the New York Mets. He gave up four hits, two walks and struck out five.

Carlos Delgado homered in his two at-bats against Sosa, giving the Toronto slugger homers in five straight at-bats off the Tampa Bay right-hander.

David Bush (1-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. In his previous start, Bush allowed three runs over 7 1-3 innings for his first major league win in Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Devil Rays last Sunday.

Athletics 9, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas Barry Zito continued his mastery of the Rangers at Texas and the Oakland Athletics moved back into first place in the AL West.

Zito (7-7) improved to 8-0 in 10 career road starts against Texas, allowing four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked five for the A's, who have won seven of their last eight.

Erubiel Durazo went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Damian Miller also had two hits for the A's, who moved past Texas again a day after being knocked out of first place.

Brian Jordan and Rod Barajas homered for the Rangers, who have lost six of their last eight.

Twins 5, Boston 4

MINNEAPOLIS Jacque Jones hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the eighth inning to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Boston Red Sox, a few hours after the clubs were involved in a four-team trade.

Jones hit his 17th homer off Alan Embree (2-2) with one out for the go-ahead run, after Michael Cuddyer tied it with a solo shot off Derek Lowe in the seventh.

Juan Rincon (9-3) got two outs in the eighth, and Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 30 opportunities as the Twins won for the 10th time in 12 games.

By the time the game started Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was on a plane to join the Chicago Cubs, and Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was in the starting lineup for Boston.

Garciaparra was already wearing his Boston jersey when manager Terry Francona called a team meeting before the game. Then, the news spread inside the clubhouse: The five-time All-Star shortstop and two-time AL batting champion was headed to the Cubs.

The Red Sox wound up with Orlando Cabrera, Montreal's Gold Glove shortstop, and Mientkiewicz, while the Cubs got Garciaparra and minor league outfielder Matt Murton. The Twins acquired left-hander Justin Jones, a Class-A pitcher with the Cubs.

Mientkiewicz was wearing his Twins gear during pregame and talking with reporters, when bench coach Steve Liddle interrupted the session and took him away.

An hour later, Mientkiewicz was in a different uniform, wearing No. 13 for Boston. Playing first base and batting sixth, Mientkiewicz received a standing ovation before his first at-bat and finished 2-for-4.

Johnny Damon had two hits and two RBIs, and Mark Bellhorn homered for the Red Sox.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bellhorn's 13th homer, a solo shot off Brad Radke with one out in the first. Minnesota tied it in the second on Corey Koskie's two-out RBI single.

Koskie started a Twins' rally in the fifth with a leadoff walk. Henry Blanco followed with an RBI double and he scored, one out later, on Shannon Stewart's RBI double to make it 3-1.

The Red Sox got a run back in the sixth when Manny Ramirez pushed a two-out RBI single down the right-field line.

Trailing 3-2, Boston scored twice in the seventh to take the lead. Mientkiewicz led off with a single and Ricky Gutierrez's two-out single put runners on first and second.

J.C. Romero relieved Radke and promptly threw a wild pitch to advance the runners. Damon followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 4-3.

But, the Twins quickly pulled even when Cuddyer led off the seventh against Lowe with his eighth homer.

Notes: To replace Mientkiewicz on the roster, the Twins selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain from Triple-A Rochester of the International League. ... Stewart was at third base with Lew Ford up in the fifth inning, when Ford lined a foul ball off Stewart's left elbow. Stewart went down immediately and was attended to, but stayed on base. He was then replaced by Cuddyer to start the sixth. The team announced Stewart has a bruised left elbow. ... In a separate trade, Boston acquired outfielder Dave Roberts from the Dodgers for Triple-A outfielder Henri Stanley. ... Bellhorn has already matched his career best for RBIs with 56, which he accomplished in 146 games for the Cubs in 2002.

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