Yankees top Texas behind Jeter tater

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas Derek Jeter hit a solo homer and Tanyon Sturtze pitched five strong innings in a spot start, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sturtze (4-2), moved into the rotation Tuesday because Javier Vazquez has pink eye, started poorly but recovered enough to give the Yankees a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Tigers 11, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer and Wilfredo Ledezma made the early lead stand up, giving Detroit a win over the Athletics.

Omar Infante drove in three runs and Rondell White homered as the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak. Ivan Rodriguez was the only Detroit starter who did not get a hit.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 2

CLEVELAND C.C. Sabathia pitched seven strong innings and rookie Grady Sizemore drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, leading the Indians over Toronto.

Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have won three in a row and improved to 15-3 at home in one-run games.

Red Sox 14, Devil Rays 4

BOSTON Kevin Millar had four hits and four RBIs in the first five innings, and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay.

Boston scored five runs in both the second and third innings for a 13-1 lead and cruised to its fourth win in five games. Tampa Bay lost for the 11th time in 12 road games.

Royals 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO Darrell May didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over the White Sox, ending its five-game losing streak.

Chicago committed three errors in losing for the 13th time in 17 games.

Angels 4, Orioles 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero's homer in the sixth tied it and Garret Anderson's two-run single in the seventh gave the Angels the lead, helping Anaheim snap Baltimore's season-high eight-game winning streak.

Kelvim Escobar (7-8) improved to 12-3 against the Orioles in his career, allowing a run and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two in winning back-to-back games for the first time in more than three months after losing six of his previous seven decisions.

Mariners 4, Twins 3

SEATTLE Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist stole third base and scored on catcher Henry Blanco's throwing error with one out in the ninth inning to give the Mariners a victory over Minnesota.

Blanco's throw appeared to ricochet off Bloomquist's helmet toward the Twins' third-base dugout. Sliding headfirst, Bloomquist collided with third baseman Corey Koskie, who fell over in pain.

Bloomquist then got up and scored without a play at home plate. He was running for Scott Spiezio, who got aboard on an infield single to second with one out. Bloomquist moved to second on Juan Rincon's throwing error.

George Sherrill (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to get the victory while Rincon (9-5) was the loser.

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