Yankees jump all over A's, Zito

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Bernie Williams had four hits and two RBIs as the New York Yankees tagged Barry Zito for eight runs in a 10-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

John Flaherty and Hideki Matsui also homered for the Yankees, who returned from Friday night's tough extra-inning loss to Oakland with an impressive power display.

It was the shortest start of the season for Zito (8-9), who lasted just three innings. He set up New York's five unearned runs in the second inning with a defensive mistake.

Jeff Weaver (6-8) recovered from a rough beginning to earn his third victory in five weeks. He allowed 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings. Mariano Rivera got his 21st save.

Eric Chavez went 4-for-4 for Oakland, but also made a key throwing error. The A's lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Orioles 11, Red Sox 2

BALTIMORE Luis Matos homered to cap a seven-run sixth inning as Baltimore dealt Boston its fourth straight loss.

Jay Gibbons went 4-for-4 with three doubles, and Rodrigo Lopez (4-6) allowed two runs in six innings to help the Orioles win their eighth straight home game and improve to 11-5 since the All-Star break.

The Orioles on Sunday will try to complete their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Baltimore since September 1974.

Nomar Garciaparra homered for the Red Sox, whose losing streak is one short of their season high. Boston, which fell 4 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, has been outscored 29-8 during the current skid.

Derek Lowe (11-5) gave up six runs, five earned, and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in falling to 8-2 over 15 starts since May 17.

Royals 10, Devil Rays 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Brent Mayne hit an RBI single and an error allowed another run to score on the play as Kansas City rallied in the seventh inning to beat Tampa Bay.

The AL Central-leading Royals stopped their four-game losing streak, which matched their longest skid of the season. Tampa Bay had won four in a row.

Carlos Beltran hit his team-leading 16th homer and drove in two runs for the Royals.

The Devil Rays scored six times in the seventh for an 8-7 lead, keyed by Julio Lugo's two-run double.

Curtis Leskanic (1-0) got the win and Mike MacDougal earned his 25th save in 31 chances. It was Kansas City's first save since July 6.

Mark Malaska (1-1) took the loss.

Tigers 9, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS Craig Monroe hit a three-run homer and Detroit snapped a 16-game losing streak against Minnesota.

It was the Tigers' first win over the Twins since May 5, 2002.

Mike Maroth (6-15) allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings and Warren Morris hit a bases-loaded triple for Detroit, which had lost five straight and 12 of 14 overall.

The Twins had won three in a row. Rick Reed (5-10) gave up eight hits and four runs in seven innings.

Rangers 9, Indians 7

ARLINGTON, Texas Rafael Palmeiro hit a tiebreaking double and one of Texas' three homers as the Rangers beat Cleveland for their fourth straight win.

Alex Rodriguez homered for the third consecutive game and rookie Laynce Nix also connected for the Rangers, who increased their major league-leading total to 167 a night after tying a team record with seven homers.

Palmeiro's first double in 49 games was a sinking liner to left in the seventh. Rodriguez, who drew a one-out walk from reliever Jason Stanford (0-1), scored from first to break a 7-7 tie.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-0), the third of six Texas pitchers, retired all four batters he faced. After a four-pitch walk, Francisco Cordero struck out three in the ninth for his fourth save.

Mariners 10, White Sox 0

SEATTLE John Olerud hit a grand slam and a three-run homer, setting a career high with seven RBIs and powering Seattle to a 10-0 victory over the White Sox.

Ryan Franklin (8-9) shut down Chicago's streaking offense, allowing just three singles in seven innings.

Olerud hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a grand slam in the seventh.

The Mariners led 3-0 before Olerud chased Chicago starter Dan Wright (0-5) with his first homer of the night.

Olerud's slam came off Matt Ginter, his eighth homer of the season.

Blue Jays 6, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Corey Thurman scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in his second major league start, and Vernon Wells went 3-for-3 with two RBI singles as Toronto beat Anaheim.

One night after snapping Roy Halladay's 15-game winning streak with a 5-0 win, the defending World Series champions had no answer for Thurman (1-0) as they lost for the 13th time in 16 games since the All-Star break.

The 24-year-old right-hander, who made 43 relief appearances last season as a rookie, was inserted into the rotation after two miserable outings by veteran John Wasdin who was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday.

Jarrod Washburn (8-11) lost for the sixth time in eight decisions. The Angels left-hander threw 123 pitches in just 5 1-3 innings, allowing six runs three earned and nine hits.

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