Yankees knock down Angels

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams singled three times, giving him 10 straight multihit games, and Jason Giambi homered and drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees over the Anaheim Angels 7-5 Tuesday night.

The Angels are in a three-way tie with Seattle and Oakland for first place in the AL West, although they lead by two percentage points.

Athletics 6, Indians 3

CLEVELAND -- Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer and Eric Chavez had a two-run shot as streaking Oakland won its seventh straight game.

Dye homered in the third off Cleveland's Jake Westbrook (1-2) and Chavez went deep in the first as the A's improved to 14-4 in August. Oakland's first 11 hits came with two outs.

Tigers 6, Mariners 3

DETROIT -- Damion Easley and Bobby Higginson hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and Detroit beat Seattle for the second straight night.

Easley led off the sixth with his seventh homer into the left-field stands and Higginson followed with his ninth, a high drive off the right-field foul pole.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 4

BALTIMORE -- Gary Matthews Jr. hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, capping a rally against rookie Lee Gardner that gave Baltimore a victory over Tampa Bay.

The Orioles scored four runs in the ninth, all unearned.

Twins 5, White Sox 0

CHICAGO -- Kyle Lohse pitched a four-hitter and Jacque Jones hit his second leadoff homer in as many days as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox.

It was the sixth straight loss for the White Sox, who dropped a season-high 10 games under .500.

Royals 6, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO -- Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning, then Kansas City held to beat Toronto.

Ibanez homered off SkyDome Windows restaurant beyond the center-field wall off Toronto reliever Scott Cassidy (0-2) to put the Royals up 6-3, but Kansas City closer Roberto Hernandez nearly gave it all back.

Rangers 3, Boston 2

BOSTON -- Ivan Rodriguez homered to tie it in the ninth inning and Todd Hollandsworth hit a solo shot in the 10th as the Texas Rangers won their fifth straight.

Derek Lowe pitched seven-plus innings of four-hit ball in his bid to become the AL's first 18-game winner.

He left with a 2-1 lead, but Red Sox closer Ugueth Urbina blew his fifth save in 33 chances when Rodriguez led off the ninth with his 11th home run.

National League

Pirates 8, Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS -- Kris Benson allowed one hit in seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had lost six straight to St. Louis, homered a season-best five times in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Brian Giles, Craig Wilson, Adam Hyzdu, Aramis Ramirez and Rob Mackowiak homered and Jason Kendall had a three-run double for the Pirates, who have won only four of their last 14.

Rockies 8, Expos 6

DENVER -- Denny Neagle had his fourth straight solid outing since rejoining the rotation, and Jay Payton hit a three-run homer to lead Colorado past Montreal.

Neagle (7-7) went five innings, allowing seven hits and three runs -- two earned. Demoted to the bullpen for a month at midseason, the left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in his last four starts.

Brewers 2, Phillies 1

MILWAUKEE -- Jamey Wright pitched into the seventh inning to beat Philadelphia for the first time in more than five years.

Jose Hernandez hit an RBI single for Milwaukee, and Robert Machado also drove in a run.

Pat Burrell hit his career-high 30th home run for the Phillies.

Cubs 14, Astros 12

HOUSTON -- Corey Patterson tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs as Chicago got a season-high 24 hits to beat Houston.

Every Cubs position player had at least two hits except Bill Mueller, who had one. Fred McGriff, Alex Gonzalez and Roosevelt Brown each drove in a pair of runs.

Houston's Lance Berkman had his 33rd homer and five RBIs. Jose Vizcaino had four hits and three RBIs for the Astros, who remained 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

Padres 6, Braves 2

SAN DIEGO -- Brett Tomko pitched a seven-hitter for his second complete game this season and Ron Gant had his first two-homer game in more than two years as San Diego beat Atlanta.

Tomko (7-8) had been 0-2 with a 7.01 ERA lifetime against Atlanta before his fourth career complete game.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 3

PHOENIX -- The Arizona bullpen cost Randy Johnson his 19th victory, but the Diamondbacks regrouped to score twice without a hit in the eighth inning and beat Cincinnati.

Matt Williams drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off reliever Danny Graves, and another run scored on David Dellucci's groundout.

Arizona has won nine of 10, including four in a row over the Reds.

Giants 1, Mets 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt struck out his first six batters and finished a five-hitter by fanning Mike Piazza with a runner on third as San Francisco sent New York to its ninth consecutive loss.

In one of his most impressive performances since joining the Giants late last season, Schmidt (8-6) tied a career high with 13 strikeouts. The shutout was the second of his career.

Marlins 6, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES -- Juan Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs to back seven strong innings from Brad Penny (6-4) as Florida beat Los Angeles.

Kevin Brown struggled in three innings of relief for the Dodgers, who saw their lead in the NL wild-card race cut to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco.

Kazuhisa Ishii (13-8) allowed three runs and three hits in five innings. The left-hander is 3-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 13 starts since winning 10 of his first 11 decisions.

Preston Wilson had three hits and scored twice for Florida.

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