Rally lifts Devil Rays over Chi-Sox

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Flaherty hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Albie Lopez (10-8) allowed three runs and five hits in his second consecutive complete game and fourth of the season.

With one out in the ninth, Kelly Wunsch walked Jose Guillen. After pinch-runner Jason Tyner stole second, Bob Howry (2-3) walked pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo.

Flaherty, who also had an RBI single in the seventh, worked the count full before fouling off six two-strike pitches. He then hit his seventh homer of the season for the game-winner.

Royals 10, Orioles 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney homered to reach 100 RBIs earlier than any Kansas City player ever and Mac Suzuki (6-7) won at home for the first time.

Sweeney singled home a run and then hit his 19th homer in the eighth inning, giving him 100 RBIs for the second straight season. Sweeney reached the mark earlier than Hal McRae, who drove in his 100th run on Aug. 16, 1982.

Chris Richard hit two home runs for Baltimore and Brook Fordyce also connected.

Blue Jays 13, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Gonzalez homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and Tony Batista had four of Toronto's season-high 20 hits.

Carlos Delgado hit his 34th homer and Brad Fullmer also went deep as Toronto raised its league leading home run total to 193.

Chris Carpenter (9-10) pitched 5 1-3 innings of emergency relief after starter Frank Castillo left with tightness in his forearm in the second inning.

Indians 10, Mariners 4

SEATTLE -- Travis Fryman homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Cleveland took advantage of Seattle's sloppy fielding to pull into a tie with Oakland for the AL wild-card spot.

The Mariners made four errors in a game for the first time since June 8, 1998. They began the day with a .986 fielding percentage, second only to Cleveland (.987) in the American League. Seattle made seven errors in the three-game series.

Justin Speier (4-1) recorded the win with 2 1-3 innings of hitless relief. He walked three and struck out three.

Tigers 5, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Juan Encarnacion returned to the Tigers lineup and hit a three-run homer off Barry Zito (1-1) as Detroit handed Oakland its seventh loss in eight games.

Brian Moehler (9-7), coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore on Tuesday, allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. It was his third straight victory.

Todd Jones came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and went on to earn his AL-leading 33rd save.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek hit two-run singles in the third for Boston.

Gabe Kapler extended the majors' longest hitting streak this season to 26 games with a sixth-inning single, but Texas had just six hits.

Tomo Ohka (1-2) pitched 5 2-3 innings, his longest stint in 12 major league appearances the past two seasons for Boston. Derek Lowe pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 31 opportunities.

The Rangers couldn't overcome Boston's four-run burst off Kenny Rogers (11-10).

Yankees 4, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Roger Clemens pitched four-hit ball for 6 2-3 innings to win his sixth straight decision for New York.

The Yankees managed two runs off rookie right-hander Ramon Ortiz on a bases-loaded walk and a balk to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

Clemens (10-6) allowed one run, walked three and struck out two. He has not lost since June 9 to the Mets.

Mariano Rivera got the last five outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.

Ortiz (4-3) pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, but walked six. He allowed two runs and struck out five.

The Angels cut it to 2-1 on Darin Erstad's two-out RBI single in the fifth.



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