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Cone's win streak stopped by Orioles

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2001

BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles ended David Cone's seven-game winning streak Saturday, using a solid pitching performance by rookie Josh Towers to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Ripken had three hits as the Orioles dealt the reeling Red Sox their fourth straight defeat and sixth consecutive loss on the road.

Manny Ramirez hit his 36th home run for Boston.

Cone (7-2) gave up five hits and four runs -- two earned -- in four innings. He walked four and threw 86 pitches in his shortest stint since May 28.

Devil Rays 4, Twins 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jared Sandberg hit his first major league homer and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Minnesota Twins.

Sandberg, the nephew of former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, is the Devil Rays' all-time minor league home run leader with 78.

Brent Abernathy hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay, which won back-to-back games for the first time since July 21-22.

Royals 4, Tigers 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris George got his first major league victory, holding Detroit to three hits over seven innings.

Raul Ibanez and Dave McCarty, filling in for the injured Mike Sweeney, each hit two-run homers. Sweeney hurt his knuckles and right wrist during a brawl Friday night with the Tigers and missed his first game since Aug. 3, 2000.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth.

In his past nine games, Ibanez is hitting .367 with 13 RBIs and nine runs scored.

McCarty homered with two outs in the seventh with Mark Quinn, who had singled, aboard. It was McCarty's sixth home run and his first since July 8.

Rangers 6, Indians 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rafael Palmeiro hit a two-run double in the eighth inning off Cleveland reliever John Rocker as Texas rallied to extend the Indians' losing streak to three games.

Mark Petkovsek (1-1), who got two outs in the eighth after taking over for starter Darren Oliver, got the win. Jeff Zimmerman allowed Jim Thome's 39th homer of the season in the ninth before getting his 22nd save in 25 opportunities.

Mariners 4, White Sox 3

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki singled in two runs and Mark McLemore followed with an RBI single off closer Keith Foulke with two outs in the ninth inning, giving Seattle a win over Chicago.

The win allowed the Mariners to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. The White Sox rallied to beat Seattle 8-6 with five runs off closer Kazuhiro Sasaki in the ninth Friday night.

Ryan Franklin (5-1) got the victory with two innings of scoreless relief.

Athletics 8, Yankees 6

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason and Jeremy Giambi each hit two-run home runs as Oakland Athletics won their 10th straight.

The A's have gone a major league-best 23-7 since the All-Star break. The 10-game winning streak is their longest since Sept. 8-18, 1992.

Blue Jays 7, Angels 6, 10 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jose Cruz Jr. hit two home runs, including a go-ahead homer in the 10th inning, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Anaheim Angels 7-6 Saturday night.

Cruz also matched a career high with four hits for the Blue Jays, who amassed a season-high 17 hits.

Cruz, who entered the game 2-for-19 on the road trip, drove a 2-2 pitch from Al Levine (5-7) to right-center for his 19th homer leading off the 10th.

Dan Plesac (3-3) got the victory, retiring both batters he faced. He slipped a called third strike past Scott Spiezio with runners at the corners to end the ninth.

Billy Koch got three outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.

Cruz, Shannon Stewart and Carlos Delgado all homered in the second inning off an ailing Ramon Ortiz, helping the Blue Jays build a 6-1 lead. But the Angels tied it at 6 against Esteban Loaiza on Adam Kennedy's fifth homer with two out in the sixth.

Kennedy, who has at least one RBI in eight consecutive games, had a run-scoring single and a double his first two times up. He scored Anaheim's fourth run on David Eckstein's fly to right in the second -- kicking the ball out of catcher Darrin Fletcher's glove after a perfect throw by Raul Mondesi.

Fletcher was charged with his third error in 83 starts and Mondesi was credited with his 16th assist, the most this season by an outfielder.

Switch-hitting rookie Felipe Lopez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Toronto.

The Blue Jays grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first when Ortiz hit Brad Fullmer on the foot to force in one run and Lopez hit a broken-bat looper to center to score Stewart, who singled.

After a solo homer by Anaheim's Troy Glaus, the Blue Jays increased the margin to 6-1 in the second. Cruz homered, Stewart hit his seventh one out later and Delgado followed with his 33rd.

Ortiz walked his next batter before leaving the game because of soreness in his shoulder. He was charged with six runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings, after giving up only two runs in each of his previous three starts -- all wins.

The three homers were the most Ortiz has allowed in any of his 23 starts this season, and equalled the total the right-hander had allowed in 41 2-3 innings over his previous six outings.

Lou Pote replaced Ortiz, allowing a single by Fullmer and an RBI double by Lopez before retiring his last 14 batters.

The Angels cut it to 6-4 with three runs in the bottom of the second, the first two coming on RBI singles by Kennedy and Orlando Palmeiro. Eckstein led off the fifth with a single and scored Anaheim's fifth run on Glaus' double-play grounder.

Loaiza allowed 10 hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 6 1-3 innings.

Notes: It was the first time the Blue Jays have homered three times in an inning since April 23 of last season, when Delgado, Fletcher and Marty Cordova did it against Orlando ''El Duque'' Hernandez of the Yankees at SkyDome. ... The five-run deficit matched the largest Anaheim has have rallied from this season to tie a game. ... The Angels totaled three home runs in their previous eight games -- all by Glaus, who led the AL last season with a club-record 47.



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