Chicago pounds Seattle

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas led an offensive explosion, homering in his first two at-bats Wednesday night to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 19-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Thomas came close to homering a third time, doubling off the center-field wall. He drove in five runs, one shy of his career high, and finished 3-for-4 with a walk.

Tony Graffanino hit the first grand slam of his career, and Ray Durham homered and drove in another run for the White Sox.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Jose Mercedes (7-4) limited Detroit to two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in seven-plus innings. Mercedes is 6-2 as a starter -- the only Baltimore starter with a winning record.

Rookie Ryan Kohlmeier got the last three outs for his second career save.

Willie Blair (8-3) had a three-game winning streak snapped after he allowed five runs on 10 hits in seven-plus innings.

Yankees 12, Athletics 1

NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez hit a grand slam and an RBI double as New York dealt Kevin Appier his worst loss ever.

Andy Pettitte (13-6) took a shutout into the eighth inning and won his fourth straight start. Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams hit solo home runs as New York sent the A's to their fourth loss in a row.

Appier (10-9) gave up a career-high 10 runs in only 3 2-3 innings.

Devil Rays 5, Twins 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Miguel Cairo walked and scored when shortstop Cristian Guzman mishandled Jose Guillen's grounder.

Cairo walked off LaTroy Hawkins (2-3) and went to third on Fred McGriff's one-out single.

Bill Taylor (1-1), the fifth Tampa Bay pitcher, allowed one hit in the 10th.

Royals 5, Blue Jays 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Toronto lost for the eighth time in nine road games.

Steve Trachsel (6-11) went five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, and remained winless in eight starts. He is 0-1 in two starts with the Blue Jays.

Jeff Suppan (6-6), who is 4-0 in his last six starts, got the victory. He went eight-plus innings, allowing 11 hits, three runs and no walks, striking out eight.

Indians 6, Rangers 4

CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton went 3-for-3, drove in two runs and scored twice in the leadoff spot as the Indians won for the seventh time in eight games.

Texas' Gabe Kapler extended the AL's longest hitting streak this season to 23 games with a bad-hop RBI single in the seventh.

Justin Speier (3-1) pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out four. Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his fourth save in five tries since joining the Indians last month.

Red Sox 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nomar Garciaparra hit a three-run homer as Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Anaheim.

Jeff Fassero (8-5) pitched into the sixth inning for only his second win in nine starts since the end of June.

Derek Lowe pitched the final two innings for his 25th save in 30 opportunities.

Matt Wise (0-1), who pitched three shutout innings of relief in his first two big-league appearances, allowed three runs on five hits in his first career start.

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