Twins thump Blue Jays, stop five-game losing streak

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2001

TORONTO -- Rick Reed won his first start for Minnesota despite giving up a career high-tying 12 hits, and the Twins stopped a five-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 Thursday.

Reed (1-0), acquired Monday from the New York Mets for outfielder Matt Lawton, allowed two runs on 11 singles and one homer in six innings. He walked none and struck out two.

Rangers 12, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in Texas' six-run third inning against Mike Mussina, and the Rangers beat New York to win their first series at Yankee Stadium in eight years.

Gabe Kapler also hit a three-run shot in the third, Frank Catalanotto and Ricky Ledee added solo homers, and Aaron Myette earned his first career victory for Texas. The Rangers matched their season high with 18 hits.

Yankee Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Rangers of late. They lost 34 of 44 games -- including the postseason -- in New York before taking two of three this week for their first series win in the Bronx since August 1993.

Devil Rays 3, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Tanyon Sturtze pitched seven strong innings and Steve Cox drove in two runs as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 3-2 to win its first road series of the season against an AL club.

Mariners 2, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Rookie Joel Pineiro allowed one run in seven innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers.

The Mariners took two of three games from Detroit and have not lost a series on the road this season.

Pineiro (2-0) became the second Mariners pitcher to start his career with wins in his first three decisions, joining Freddy Garcia, who was a rookie in 1999. Pineiro, who won his first major league start last Aug. 8 against the White Sox, allowed four hits without walking a batter. He struck out five.

Angels 13, Red Sox 4

BOSTON -- Garret Anderson's second homer of the game began a six-run sixth inning as Anaheim swept a series in Boston for the first time in 27 years.

The Red Sox tied the game at 4 in the fifth against Pat Rapp (4-9). But Anderson, who hit a two-run homer in the third, led off the sixth against Bret Saberhagen (1-1) with his 20th homer of the year.

Athletics 17, Indians 4

CLEVELAND -- Jermaine Dye and Terrence Long each drove in four runs and Oakland routed Cleveland.

Dye, Miguel Tejada and Olmedo Saenz homered to highlight the Athletics' season-high 20-hit attack. Long had four hits.

Given an 11-0 lead in the fifth inning, Mark Mulder (13-6) cruised to his fifth straight victory.

Royals 6, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Jeff Suppan won for the first time in over a month and Raul Ibanez's bases-loaded double sparked a six-run third inning as Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago.

Suppan (5-9), winning for the first time since June 29, pitched three-hit, shutout ball for six innings before faltering in the seventh when Jeff Liefer and Jose Valentin homered to make it 6-3.

The Royals overcame an umpire's overrule to score six runs in the third and drive out struggling White Sox starter Kip Wells (6-7).

Carlos Febles bunted for an apparent base hit as Wells fell down trying to field it. But after a protest by White Sox manager Jerry Manuel, the umpires conferred and apparently ruled that the ball hit Febles in the batter's box and was foul.

Febles returned to the plate and drew a walk to start the six-run inning.

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