Pedro's scoreless string reaches 31 innings

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez extended his career-best scoreless streak to 31 innings, blanking Minnesota through the eighth and pitching the Boston Red Sox past the Twins 2-0 Saturday.

Martinez (16-2), off to the best start of his career, gave up only four hits in winning his ninth straight decision. He has the longest shutout string in the majors since Atlanta's Greg Maddux went 39 1-3 innings in September 2000.

The three-time Cy Young winner didn't walk a batter and struck out eight in lowering his ERA to 2.14, second best in the majors behind teammate Derek Lowe's 2.09.

Ugueth Urbina struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Athletics 8, Yankees 0

NEW YORK -- Cory Lidle shut out the Yankees for eight innings, and Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez homered off David Wells (12-6) to lead Oakland past New York.

The A's won for the eighth time in 10 games, handing the listless Yankees their first shutout at home since Sept. 25 of last season against Tampa Bay.

With Friday night's 3-2 loss in 16 innings, New York has dropped its first series since late June. The Yankees lead Boston by four games in the AL East.

Lidle (5-9) gave up nine hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Mariners 7, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Bret Boone hit his 20th home run, breaking an eighth-inning tie and sending Seattle over Chicago.

Boone was in an 0-for-10 slump before going deep with one out against reliever Rocky Biddle (1-3). Boone added an RBI grounder in a three-run ninth as the Mariners maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West.

Jeff Nelson (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory.

Seattle scored three unearned runs in the seventh after rookie third baseman Joe Crede's error to tie it at 3.

Angels 11, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer in a seven-run third inning as Anaheim beat Toronto.

Brad Fullmer and Darin Erstad also homered for the Angels, who ended a three-game losing skid to remain a half-game ahead of Boston and Oakland in the wild card race.

Staked to a 7-0 lead in the third, rookie starter John Lackey (4-2) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. The Angels, who had 18 hits, roughed up Steve Parris (5-3) in the third.

Indians 4, Rangers 3

CLEVELAND -- Karim Garcia lined a game-winning single off the left-field wall with one out in the ninth inning, lifting Cleveland over Texas.

Garcia preserved a tie in the top half with a fine running catch on a two-out drive to right field by Alex Rodriguez with runners at the corners.

Bob Wickman (1-3), activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, pitched the ninth for the win. Ellis Burks hit a three-run homer for the Indians.

Danny Kolb (2-1) took the loss.

Orioles 3, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Tony Batista hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as Baltimore rallied from two runs down to beat Detroit.

Chris Singleton and Gary Matthews Jr. also had run-scoring singles in the three-run eighth as the Orioles won their eighth in 11 games.

Rodrigo Lopez (13-4) went seven innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits for the win.

Jorge Julio got one out for his 24th save in 29 chances. Shane Halter had an RBI triple for the Tigers. Julio Santana (3-5) was the loser.

Devil Rays 13, Royals 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jared Sandberg hit two of Tampa Bay's club-record six home runs in a win over Kansas City.

Carl Crawford and Andy Sheets each hit three-run homers, and Aubrey Huff and Steve Cox added solo shots.

The 13 runs were a season high for Tampa Bay. Every Devil Rays starter except Jason Conti had a hit and scored a run. Huff matched a career high with four hits.

Rookie Shawn Sedlacek (2-3) gave up four homers in three innings, tying a Royals' record for home runs allowed in a game.

Victor Zambrano (5-4) got the victory in his second major league start, and Wilson Alvarez worked the final four innings for his second career save.



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