Seattle falls as Martinez again masters Mariners

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2003

SEATTLE Pedro Martinez extended his dominance of the Seattle Mariners, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory Saturday.

Martinez (9-3) improved to 11-0 lifetime against Seattle, his most wins against any team. He allowed one run, one walk and struck out seven.

Kevin Millar hit a solo homer and drove in two runs. David Ortiz added a two-run double for the Red Sox, who maintained a one-game lead over Oakland in the AL wild card race.

Seattle's lead over the Athletics in the AL West was reduced to four games because Oakland beat Toronto.

Scott Williamson worked a scoreless eighth. Byung-Hyun Kim struck out two in the ninth, finishing the five-hitter.

Joel Pineiro (13-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4

OAKLAND, Calif. Tim Hudson won his fifth straight decision and Jose Guillen homered twice, lifting Oakland over Toronto.

Mark Ellis hit a three-run homer for the A's, who snapped a three-game skid. Hudson left with a bruised right hand after getting hit by Dave Berg's line drive in the seventh inning and was taken for X-rays, which were negative.

Mike Bordick drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.

Hudson (12-4) allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 6 1-3 innings. Keith Foulke got his 30th save in 35 chances.

Mark Hendrickson (7-9) gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings.

Twins 14, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Torii Hunter drove in three runs for the second straight game and Minnesota routed Kansas City again.

Kyle Lohse (10-9) went seven innings for the win, which brought Minnesota within two games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Luis Rivas scored three runs for the Twins. Doug Mientkiewicz, Corey Koskie, Jacque Jones and A.J. Pierzynski each had two RBIs.

Carlos Beltran, who had missed five starts with a sore elbow, homered twice and drove in the Royals' first three runs.

Runelvys Hernandez (7-5) lasted just 3 1-3 innings and was charged with nine runs on nine hits.

Hunter hit a three-run homer in Minnesota's 9-2 romp Friday.

Yankees 5, Orioles 4, 12 innings

BALTIMORE Orioles rookie Jack Cust fell down and was tagged out 10 feet from an uncovered home plate, ending a wild 12th-inning rundown and New York's win over Baltimore.

Jason Giambi hit his 35th homer with two outs in the top of the 12th off Hector Carrasco (1-4) as the Yankees dealt Baltimore its sixth straight loss.

Jeff Nelson walked Cust with two outs in the bottom half, and Larry Bigbie doubled to right-center. Cust tried to stop coming around third, but slipped to the ground.

Second baseman Alfonso Soriano made a low relay throw to third, and Cust was caught in a rundown. After a couple of throws, nobody covered the plate for the Yankees, and all Cust had to do to score the tying run was outrace third baseman Aaron Boone.

Cust couldn't do it. He stumbled face first to the ground and was easily tagged out by Boone.

Seldom-used John Flaherty hit two home runs for the Yankees, and Chris Hammond (3-1) pitched two innings for the win.

Rangers 12, White Sox 8

ARLINGTON, Texas Todd Greene hit a three-run homer, Jason Jones and Hank Blalock added two-run shots, and Texas rallied after wasting an early five-run lead to defeat hand Chicago its fourth straight loss.

The Rangers scored nine runs in three innings against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon (10-11). Colon, 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his previous five starts, tied a career high for runs allowed. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked three.

Joaquin Benoit (8-5) benefited from Texas' four-run third to post his second straight victory in long relief since being removed from the rotation on Aug. 7.

Devil Rays 5, Indians 3

CLEVELAND Jared Sandberg hit a two-run homer and Aubrey Huff had two RBIs as Tampa Bay ended Cleveland's winning streak at four.

Sandberg connected in the second inning off rookie Cliff Lee (1-1) as the Devil Rays won yet another close game.

Tampa Bay, which has the best record (16-10) in the AL East since July 20, has played in a major league-leading 70 games decided by two runs or fewer. They're 35-35 in those games.

Mark Malaska (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings, and Lance Carter gave up a one-out single in the ninth before getting his 21st save.

Alex Escobar homered for the first time in nearly two years for the Indians, now 9-3 in their last 12.

Angels 11, Tigers 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson got three singles to tie the Angels' franchise record for career hits and Scott Spiezio's bases-loaded triple capped a six-run fifth inning as Anaheim rallied to beat Detroit for the 10th straight time.

Anderson, who made his big league debut in 1994, tied Brian Downing with 1,588 hits when he beat out an infield single to first baseman Carlos Pena.

Gary Glover (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for his first victory since joining the Angels in a July 29 trade that sent Scott Schoeneweis to the Chicago White Sox.

Dmitri Young hit two home runs and drove in three runs for Detroit. His 24th homer of the season off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth made it 11-7.

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