Tigers pull off comeback against Red Sox, Schilling

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2005

DETROIT — Pinch-hitter John McDonald's two-out single in the ninth capped a comeback against Curt Schilling, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Schilling (4-5) entered the game with a two-run lead with two outs in the eighth and struck out Curtis Granderson to end the inning. In the ninth, Schilling gave up three runs on four hits and a walk.

Mariners 11, Royals 3

SEATTLE — Kansas City lost its club-record 16th consecutive game Monday night, managing only three hits and one run in eight innings against 19-year-old Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez.

The Royals, winless since July 27, have the longest losing streak in the major leagues since the Chicago Cubs lost 16 straight in 1996-97. The Cubs lost the final two games of the 1996 season and the first 14 in 1997.

The 1988 Baltimore Orioles are the only American League team to have a longer skid in the last 30 years, losing a league-record 21 in a row at the start of the season.

Bench coach Bob Schaefer directed the Royals in place of manager Buddy Bell, who was in Virginia to attend services at Arlington National Cemetery for his nephew, a Marine killed in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Tim Bell Jr. was killed by a roadside bomb.

Yankees 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jaret Wright won his first start in nearly four months and Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield homered to help New York win its fifth straight.

Rodriguez homered for the third straight game, hitting a two-run, fourth-inning shot off Casey Fossum (6-9) to boost his American League-leading total to 36. Sheffield hit No. 25, a solo blast off reliever Travis Harper, for a 5-2 lead in the seventh.

Twins 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO — Lew Ford and Brent Abernathy hit two-run singles in the fourth inning and Nick Punto had three hits and three stolen bases for Minnesota.

Kyle Lohse (8-11) hung around long enough to earn his first victory since July 2, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Orioles 6, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Sammy Sosa's 25-foot RBI single highlighted a wild rally by Baltimore, and the Orioles ended Barry Zito's eight-game winning streak.

The Orioles came back with five runs in the seventh inning thanks to several misplays by the A's, including two hit batsmen, two bases-loaded walks and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby.

Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Darin Erstad singled home the winning run in the 11th inning, and Adam Kennedy had four hits for Los Angeles.

Chone Figgins drove in two runs to help the AL West-leading Angels move two games ahead of second-place Oakland.

National League

CINCINNATI — Randy Winn hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Todd Linden also homered and drove in two runs for the Giants, who overcame solo shots by Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns.

Winn, who scored twice, led off the first inning with a single and the third with his ninth homer this season — his third in 13 games since being acquired from Seattle on July 30.

Nationals 6, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA — Preston Wilson homered twice, Livan Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Washington won again on the road, beating Philadelphia.

Astros 12, Cubs 4

HOUSTON — Morgan Ensberg hit a long home run and finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and Chris Burke, Adam Everett and Humberto Quintero also homered to help Houston follow consecutive shutouts with its second-highest scoring game of the season.

Ensberg homered in the seventh, a solo shot that landed on the train track well above the left-field stands. Burke hit a three-run homer in the third, and Everett had a solo homer and Quintero a two-run shot in a six-run fifth. Astros rookie Willy Taveras had his fourth four-hit game, finishing 4-for-6.

Rockies 11, Brewers 2

DENVER — Aaron Cook pitched six solid innings for his first win in more than a year, Garrett Atkins homered and drove in four runs, and Colorado ended a four-game losing streak a victory over slumping Milwaukee.

Cook (1-1) returned to Colorado's rotation on July 30 after missing nearly a year with blood clots in his lungs that nearly killed him. After being tagged for seven runs in 4 1-3 innings his first start back, he pitched well enough to win his next two outings, only to walk away with no-decisions in both games.

Cook got the victory this time, allowing two runs and nine hits for his first win since Aug. 1, 2004, against Arizona.

Colorado's offense certainly helped, sending Milwaukee to its sixth loss in seven games.

The Rockies managed only four runs against Washington last weekend, setting a record for fewest in a three-game series in Coors Field's 10-year history.

Colorado had one more than that in the fifth inning alone and ended up with 17 hits. Most of the damage came against Ben Sheets (8-9), who gave up a career-high 13 hits and matched another career high with 10 runs allowed in six innings.

Todd Helton hit a two-run homer and finished 3-for-5, raising his average above .300 for the first time since May 22.

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