Brown ramps record to 9-1

Yankees roar past Athletics

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

NEW YORK Kevin Brown threw four-hit ball over eight shutout innings to beat Barry Zito, and newly signed John Olerud went 3-for-3 with a two-run double on his 36th birthday in the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Looking sharp in his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, Brown (9-1) struck out seven and walked two, matching the longest outing by a Yankees starter this season. It was just the 10th time a New York pitcher threw eight innings, the first in 19 starts since Jose Contreras beat Detroit on July 15.

Oakland, which lost for just the third time in 12 games, dropped into second place in the AL West, a half-game behind Texas.

Zito (7-8) has struggled since winning the 2002 AL Cy Young Award. He allowed five runs four earned and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Rangers 2, Tigers 1

DETROIT Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking homer, Ryan Drese pitched six strong innings and Texas completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.

Drese (8-6) allowed one run and six hits to win for the fourth time in five starts. Ron Mahay and Carlos Almanzar each pitched a scoreless inning before Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 33rd save in 35 tries, sending the Tigers to their fourth consecutive loss.

Detroit loaded the bases in the eighth, but Almanzar retired Bobby Higginson to end the inning.

Esteban Yan (1-3) lost in relief of starter Wilfredo Ledezma, who pitched five innings.

Soriano finished 3-for-4, adding a single and a triple.

Angels 8, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS Aaron Sele won his seventh straight decision with another fine performance against Minnesota, and Jose Guillen drove in three runs for Anaheim.

Sele (7-0) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings, running his record against the Twins to 16-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 22 career starts. He matched his longest outing of the year and became the first pitcher in Angels history to win his first seven decisions in a season.

Garret Anderson had four of Anaheim's 15 hits. Josh Paul went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.

Torii Hunter hit his 14th homer for the AL Central-leading Twins, who had won four in a row.

Terry Mulholland (3-4) gave up seven runs five earned and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Indians 6, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO Grady Sizemore hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to help Cleveland beat Toronto.

John McDonald and Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have won two straight following a four-game skid. Ben Broussard and Jody Gerut singled in the 10th before Sizemore doubled off Kerry Ligtenberg (1-4). McDonald followed with an RBI single.

Rafael Betancourt (5-5) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Bob Wickman worked the 10th for his second save.

Royals 6, White Sox 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings, and Matt Stairs homered twice in a game that was delayed 24 minutes by a power outage in the ninth inning.

The teams were just about to start the top of the ninth when the Kauffman Stadium lights brightened momentarily before going out in two-thirds of the stadium. The scoreboard and videoboard also lost power, which returned moments later before going out again.

After about 13 minutes, the game was ready to resume and Royals reliever D.J. Carrasco was in his windup set to throw a pitch to Paul Konerko when power went out yet again before returning about 11 minutes later.

The Royals said the outages at the ballpark and surrounding areas were due to a problem with a transformer outside the stadium.

Greinke (4-8) allowed just three hits for his second straight win. Jon Garland (7-8) gave up six runs on seven hits in seven innings for Chicago, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Mariners 4, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Randy Winn and Bret Boone each hit RBI singles during a three-run 11th, and Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak.

Miguel Olivo drew a leadoff walk from Tampa Bay closer Danys Baez (3-2) in the 11th and went to second on Justin Leone's sacrifice bunt.

Olivo advanced to third on a single by Jose Lopez and scored when third baseman Geoff Blum misplayed Ichiro Suzuki's grounder for an error. Suzuki was credited with an RBI.

Winn and Boone followed with consecutive run-scoring singles to make it 4-1, sending Seattle to just its second win in 23 road games.

Scott Atchison (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major league win.



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