Odd-ball play scores winning run for Twins

Posted: Monday, August 05, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a bizarre play, with Corey Koskie being hit by a throw as he ran down the first-base line for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The AL Central leaders won their fifth in a row and improved to 19-4 since the All-Star break. Kansas City lost its sixth straight game.

The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the 10th and Koskie pulled a grounder down the line. First baseman Chan Perry made a diving stop, tagged the bag with his glove and got up to throw home from foul ground.

But Perry's throw nailed Koskie in the chest, allowing Torii Hunter to score.

Koskie, who was more than halfway down the baseline, stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes and then was driven off the field on a cart. Twins trainer Jim Kahmann said Koskie was responsive and able to walk.

J.C. Romero (7-1) got the win and Scott Mullen (3-3) took the loss.

Athletics 4, Tigers 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cory Lidle teamed with three Oakland relievers on a one-hitter, and Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer.

Lidle (4-9) retired Detroit's first 15 batters before Wendell Magee's line-drive single to lead off the sixth. He faced just 22 hitters in seven innings, striking out six and getting double-play grounders to kill the Tigers' only scoring chances.

Tejada extended his hitting streak to 24 games -- the second-longest in the majors this season behind Luis Castillo's 35-gamer for Florida -- with his third-inning blast against Mike Maroth (3-4).

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

TORONTO -- Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead single off B.J. Ryan (2-1) in the seventh inning and Toronto beat Baltimore.

Hinske drove in two runs as Toronto stopped the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Felix Heredia (1-2) pitched an inning for the win. Kelvim Escobar, who blew a two-run lead on Friday, worked the ninth for his 21st save.

Devil Rays 10, White Sox 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Aubrey Huff and Jared Sandberg hit consecutive homers and Joe Kennedy threw seven strong innings as Tampa Bay beat Chicago.

Huff and Sandberg homered in the span of four pitches off Mark Buehrle (14-8) to put the Devil Rays up 3-2 in the sixth. It's the first time Tampa Bay has hit consecutive homers this season.

Kennedy (7-8) gave up two runs and seven hits. He matched his victory total from his rookie campaign last season.

Yankees 7, Angels 5, 12 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alfonso Soriano hustled to beat second baseman Adam Kennedy's flip for a go-ahead single with two outs in the 12th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Anaheim Angels.

Scot Shields (3-2), the sixth Anaheim pitcher, walked the bases loaded before Soriano hit a slow grounder to the right side.

Kennedy shoveled the ball with his glove on a hop to first, and umpire John Hirschbeck ruled Soriano safe, allowing Rondell White to score.

First baseman Scott Spiezio fell backward to the ground after the call was made, and Jorge Posada raced home, beating the throw from Shields, who took the ball from Spiezio's glove.

Mike Stanton (5-1), pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.

Ramiro Mendoza, the sixth New York pitcher, blanked the Angels in the bottom of the 12th for his fourth save in seven chances. Yankees relievers combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings.

Indians 10, Mariners 8

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Bill Selby hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning against Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki as the Cleveland Indians blew a six-run lead before beating the Mariners.

The Indians led 8-2 before the Mariners tied the game with six runs in the sixth inning. But Cleveland won it with two runs in the ninth to snap Seattle's six-game winning streak.

With a runner on first and one out, pinch-hitter Lee Stevens singled off Sasaki (2-5) to move Travis Fryman to third base. Selby followed with a single to give the Indians a 9-8 lead. Matt Lawton added an RBI groundout.

Jake Westbrook (1-1) allowed one run in 2 2-3 innings to get the win and Mark Wohlers pitched the ninth for his third save.

Red Sox 11, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in seven shutout innings for his 15th win, and Nomar Garciaparra homered twice as Boston beat Texas.

Martinez (15-2), who has pitched 23 scoreless innings over his last three starts, joined teammate Derek Lowe and Oakland's Barry Zito as the AL's only 15-game winners. He allowed just three singles.

Garciaparra went 4-for-4 to lead the Red Sox, who had 19 hits. Shea Hillenbrand and Cliff Floyd, in just his fourth game for Boston, had three hits each. Every Boston starter had at least one hit.

Garciaparra's second homer, a two-run shot, capped a five-run fourth and chased Aaron Myette (0-4) with the score 8-0.

CREDIT:AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

CAPTION:New York Yankees left fielder Rondell White makes a diving catch to rob Anaheim Angels' Troy Glaus of an extra-base hit in the second inning at Edison Field of Anaheim, Calif., Sunday.

BYLINE1:By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a bizarre play, with Corey Koskie being hit by a throw as he ran down the first-base line for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The AL Central leaders won their fifth in a row and improved to 19-4 since the All-Star break. Kansas City lost its sixth straight game.

The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the 10th and Koskie pulled a grounder down the line. First baseman Chan Perry made a diving stop, tagged the bag with his glove and got up to throw home from foul ground.

But Perry's throw nailed Koskie in the chest, allowing Torii Hunter to score.

Koskie, who was more than halfway down the baseline, stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes and then was driven off the field on a cart. Twins trainer Jim Kahmann said Koskie was responsive and able to walk.

J.C. Romero (7-1) got the win and Scott Mullen (3-3) took the loss.

Athletics 4, Tigers 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cory Lidle teamed with three Oakland relievers on a one-hitter, and Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer.

Lidle (4-9) retired Detroit's first 15 batters before Wendell Magee's line-drive single to lead off the sixth. He faced just 22 hitters in seven innings, striking out six and getting double-play grounders to kill the Tigers' only scoring chances.

Tejada extended his hitting streak to 24 games -- the second-longest in the majors this season behind Luis Castillo's 35-gamer for Florida -- with his third-inning blast against Mike Maroth (3-4).

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

TORONTO -- Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead single off B.J. Ryan (2-1) in the seventh inning and Toronto beat Baltimore.

Hinske drove in two runs as Toronto stopped the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Felix Heredia (1-2) pitched an inning for the win. Kelvim Escobar, who blew a two-run lead on Friday, worked the ninth for his 21st save.

Devil Rays 10, White Sox 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Aubrey Huff and Jared Sandberg hit consecutive homers and Joe Kennedy threw seven strong innings as Tampa Bay beat Chicago.

Huff and Sandberg homered in the span of four pitches off Mark Buehrle (14-8) to put the Devil Rays up 3-2 in the sixth. It's the first time Tampa Bay has hit consecutive homers this season.

Kennedy (7-8) gave up two runs and seven hits. He matched his victory total from his rookie campaign last season.

Yankees 7, Angels 5, 12 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alfonso Soriano hustled to beat second baseman Adam Kennedy's flip for a go-ahead single with two outs in the 12th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Anaheim Angels.

Scot Shields (3-2), the sixth Anaheim pitcher, walked the bases loaded before Soriano hit a slow grounder to the right side.

Kennedy shoveled the ball with his glove on a hop to first, and umpire John Hirschbeck ruled Soriano safe, allowing Rondell White to score.

First baseman Scott Spiezio fell backward to the ground after the call was made, and Jorge Posada raced home, beating the throw from Shields, who took the ball from Spiezio's glove.

Mike Stanton (5-1), pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.

Ramiro Mendoza, the sixth New York pitcher, blanked the Angels in the bottom of the 12th for his fourth save in seven chances. Yankees relievers combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings.

Indians 10, Mariners 8

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Bill Selby hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning against Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki as the Cleveland Indians blew a six-run lead before beating the Mariners.

The Indians led 8-2 before the Mariners tied the game with six runs in the sixth inning. But Cleveland won it with two runs in the ninth to snap Seattle's six-game winning streak.

With a runner on first and one out, pinch-hitter Lee Stevens singled off Sasaki (2-5) to move Travis Fryman to third base. Selby followed with a single to give the Indians a 9-8 lead. Matt Lawton added an RBI groundout.

Jake Westbrook (1-1) allowed one run in 2 2-3 innings to get the win and Mark Wohlers pitched the ninth for his third save.

Red Sox 11, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in seven shutout innings for his 15th win, and Nomar Garciaparra homered twice as Boston beat Texas.

Martinez (15-2), who has pitched 23 scoreless innings over his last three starts, joined teammate Derek Lowe and Oakland's Barry Zito as the AL's only 15-game winners. He allowed just three singles.

Garciaparra went 4-for-4 to lead the Red Sox, who had 19 hits. Shea Hillenbrand and Cliff Floyd, in just his fourth game for Boston, had three hits each. Every Boston starter had at least one hit.

Garciaparra's second homer, a two-run shot, capped a five-run fourth and chased Aaron Myette (0-4) with the score 8-0.



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