Sheffield rallies Yankees to win

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2004

The New York Yankees wasted a six-run lead and were about to get swept by the Minnesota Twins until Gary Sheffield saved them just as he has so often this season.

Sheffield homered twice and keyed a four-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday night, sending the Yankees to a seesaw, 13-10 victory in Minnesota.

''I can't see anybody who's played better baseball in the last four months with a bad shoulder to boot. It's been awesome to watch,'' teammate Alex Rodriguez said.

Down 9-3 and minus Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter after he crashed into the fence, the Twins came back and nearly swept the three-game series between AL division leaders.

Tigers 8, White Sox 4

At Chicago, Bobby Higginson homered twice and Wilfredo Ledezma (3-0) pitched six effective innings for the win. The White Sox played their third straight game without manager Ozzie Guillen, who got his second two-game suspension Thursday, this time for calling umpire Hunter Wendelstedt a liar.

Angels 10, Devil Rays 7

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and Josh Paul added his first career grand slam. Darin Erstad hit a two-run shot for the Angels, who have won 10 of 14.

John Lackey (10-10) took a shutout into the seventh inning and Francisco Rodriguez got five outs for his 10th save.

Braves 6, Dodgers 5

At Los Angeles, Johnny Estrada homered, drove in three runs and started Atlanta's go-ahead rally in the ninth inning against Eric Gagne (4-3). Pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche drove in the tiebreaking run with a single.

Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green each hit a pair of solo homers for the Dodgers in a matchup of division leaders.

Cubs 9, Brewers 6

At Milwaukee, Greg Maddux (12-8) overcame a shaky start to earn his 301st win, and Sammy Sosa hit one of Chicago's three homers. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez also connected for the Cubs.

Astros 12, Phillies 10

At Philadelphia, Eric Bruntlett, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman homered during a seven-run rally in the seventh inning and Houston turned a game-changing triple play to send Philadelphia to its seventh straight loss.

The Phillies led 7-2 in the fifth when Todd Pratt grounded into a bases-loaded triple play, the first turned by Houston in 13 years.

Mets 10, Rockies 3, 1st game Mets 4, Rockies 2, 2nd game

At Denver, David Wright hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth to help New York complete a doubleheader sweep.

The Mets won the opener behind the pitching of Kris Benson (10-9) and Mike Cameron's four RBIs..

Pirates 3, Cardinals 2, 10 inn.

At St. Louis, Scott Rolen's second error in two innings allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 10th. Reggie Sanders tied it at 2 in the ninth with a two-out homer off Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa (5-1).

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