Anaheim's Pote flaunts potential by shutting down Yanks

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2001

NEW YORK -- Emergency starter Lou Pote limited New York to four hits over five innings Monday, helping the Anaheim Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

Pote (2-0), making just his second major league start, pitched just twice in Anaheim's previous 17 games. He took the start in place of Scott Schoeneweis, who was sidelined by a stomach ailment.

Against the Yankees, Pote bordered on brilliant, allowing only a pair of harmless hits by Bernie Williams and shutting out New York until David Justice hit his 11th home run of the season in the fifth inning. Troy Percival pitched the ninth inning for his 30th save.

The Angels nicked loser Sterling Hitchcock (1-1) for a run in the second and two in the fifth.

Athletics 6, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Oakland's Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth inning off Danny Patterson (4-3) to give the Athletics their first four-game sweep in Detroit in 46 years.

The A's hadn't swept a four-game series in Detroit since July 1955, their first season in Kansas City. Oakland has won five straight and 21 of 28 overall to move into wild card contention. The Tigers have lost six straight games.

Luis Vizcaino (1-0) got one out for his first career win, and Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 28 chances.

White Sox 5, Devil Rays 2

CHICAGO -- Dan Wright took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his second career start, leading Chicago over Tampa Bay.

Wright (2-0) was effectively wild, walking seven batters and allowing no runs before being replaced after Chris Gomez's double with one out in the seventh broke up the no-hit bid. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

Jose Canseco and Paul Konerko each hit two-run homers off Jeff Wallace (0-3).

Red Sox 10, Rangers 7

BOSTON -- Scott Hatteberg hit a grand slam one at-bat after lining into a triple play, powering Boston to a four-game sweep.

The Red Sox moved within 2 1/2 games of AL East-leading New York with their first four-game sweep of Texas since July 10-13, 1975.

Manny Ramirez hit his 35th homer for Boston to give him 101 RBIs. Nomar Garciaparra went 3-for-4 and added a solo homer for the Red Sox. Casey Fossum (1-0) worked two scoreless innings of relief for his first major league win.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 32nd homer for the Rangers.

Mariners 8, Indians 6

CLEVELAND -- Paul Abbott won his 10th straight decision, Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and Seattle didn't let any leads slip away.

One day after the Indians became the third team to rally from a 12-run deficit to win a game, the Mariners took the lead in the first and never gave it up.

Orioles 9, Royals 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cal Ripken kicked off his final trip to Kansas City in style, capping a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double that led Baltimore to the win.

Ripken, who is retiring at the end of the season, earned a standing ovation just for showing up and then drew applause for helping beat the hometown team. Melvin Mora and Mike Kinkade had three hits apiece and Jeff Conine homered for Baltimore, which broke a four-game losing streak.

Baltimore starter Jason Johnson (10-6) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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