Rivera excels in return

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

NEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano, Raul Mondesi and Robin Ventura homered to account for all the Yankees' runs, and Mariano Rivera returned from the disabled list Thursday to close out New York's 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

The crowd of 55,142 stood when Rivera trotted in from the bullpen to pitch the ninth. Activated before the game after recovering from a strained right shoulder, Rivera pitched a perfect inning for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Orioles 4, Twins 1

BALTIMORE -- Chris Richard and Jeff Conine drove in two runs each to back Travis Driskill as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota.

It was the fourth straight defeat for Minnesota, matching its longest skid of the season (April 8-11). Jacque Jones had three hits for the Twins, just 11-40 against the Orioles since July 1996.

Devil Rays 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND -- Paul Wilson won his third straight start and Tampa Bay scored all its runs with two outs as the Devil Rays defeated Cleveland.

Tigers 2, Rangers 1

DETROIT -- Jose Lima allowed nine hits in 5 1-3 innings and Detroit scored twice in the fourth inning to defeat Texas.

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO -- Jamie Moyer took a shutout into the eighth inning and Jeff Cirillo had three hits as Seattle beat Toronto.

Edgar Martinez had a two-run single in the third and Cirillo hit a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Mariners, who have won 15 of their last 18 games at SkyDome. Seattle hasn't lost a series in Toronto since 1999.

Red Sox 4, Athletics 2

BOSTON -- Derek Lowe became the American League's first 16-game winner, outdueling Barry Zito with seven strong innings as Boston beat Oakland.

White Sox 3, Angels 2

CHICAGO -- Jim Parque won for the first time in nearly two years, leading Chicago past Anaheim. Parque, in his first outing since May 2, allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since Sept. 23, 2000, at Minnesota. Parque underwent shoulder surgery in May 2001 and made three relief appearances earlier this year before going to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

Rocky Biddle, Kelly Wunsch, Keith Foulke and Damaso Marte combined on 3 2-3 scoreless innings of relief with Marte getting five outs for his fifth save.

Frank Thomas hit his 19th home run and Carlos Lee hit his 18th off Aaron Sele (8-8) for Chicago.

Benji Gil homered for the Angels, who fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Seattle in the AL West. Anaheim's wild card lead over Boston was trimmed to a half-game.

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