Sierra, Rangers pound Yankees

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2001

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ruben Sierra went 5-for-5 with two homers, including one of four Texas hit off Orlando Hernandez, as the Rangers beat New York 13-3.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer on the eighth pitch thrown by Hernandez. ''El Duque'' made his first major league appearance since May 25.

Frank Catalanotto added a two-run homer in the second inning, and Rafael Palmeiro and Sierra both hit solo shots in the third, giving Texas a 7-1 lead.

Sierra hit another solo homer in the eighth inning off Mark Wohlers. It was the first five-hit game of his career.

Hernandez (0-6) had been on the disabled list since June 1 with an injured toe on his left foot. He allowed eight runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Doug Davis (7-8), 3-1 his last seven starts, allowed just one run and six hits in seven innings.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shannon Stewart, Carlos Delgado and Raul Mondesi hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning as Toronto spoiled Brad Radke's return from the disabled list.

The Twins were leading 5-3 when Jack Cressend (2-2) opened the sixth in relief of Radke by giving up the homers.

Minnesota lost for the 11th time in 12 games and is a major league worst 10-29 since the All-Star break.

Radke gave up six hits and three runs over five innings in his first start since going on the DL with a thumb injury. Brandon Lyon (2-2) won his fourth career start, despite giving up five runs in five innings.

Billy Koch earned his 29th save.

White Sox 6, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Valentin and Jeff Liefer homered as Chicago snapped Paul Byrd's five-game winning streak.

Byrd (6-5), attempting to become the first Royals pitcher to win six straight starts since David Cone in 1994, yielded eight hits and four runs before being replaced in the sixth.

In his five-game winning streak, Byrd had a 0.97 ERA, allowing just four earned runs and 32 hits in 37 innings.

Liefer, who matched his career high with three hits, lacked a triple for the cycle. Jon Garland (5-4) earned the victory.

Devil Rays 8, Orioles 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Greg Vaughn knocked in the go-ahead run with his first extra-base hit in 14 games, and Chris Gomez hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.

The latest stop on Cal Ripken's farewell tour drew just 13,247 at Tropicana Field. Ripken went 1-for-4 with a single in the eighth, and he has a hit in 44 of 49 games.

Tony Batista and Larry Bigbie homered for Baltimore, which lost for just the fifth time in 13 games.

Tampa Bay, with the majors' worst record at 45-81, has won seven of 11 and is 15-14 since July 21.

Travis Phelps (2-1) went 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.

Jose Mercedes (7-14), who leads the AL in losses, gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Indians 2, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Juan Gonzalez was walked by Cory Lidle (8-6) with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, forcing in the go-ahead run as Cleveland snapped Oakland's five-game winning streak and the A's eight-game winning streak at home.

The A's have still won 16 of 19 games and are a major league-best 29-10 since the All-Star break. They remained ahead of the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead.

Steve Woodard (3-2) allowed one run on five hits in seven innings.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Lidle had won five straight starts and eight of his last nine.

Red Sox 8, Angels 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Doug Mirabelli capped an eight-run third inning with his first career grand slam, as Boston beat Anaheim.

David Cone (8-2) allowed two runs, six hits and one walk in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. The Red Sox have won 14 of his last 15 outings, with five of the wins resulting in no-decisions.

It was the 17th time in 18 starts that Cone has allowed no more than three earned runs.

Boston's first seven batters in the third inning reached base against Scott Schoeneweis, who surrendered four hits with the bases loaded.

Schoeneweis (10-9) allowed seven hits and two walks in 2 2-3 innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander had won his previous four decisions.

Mariners 4, Tigers 1

SEATTLE -- Aaron Sele allowed three hits in eight innings, and Mark McLemore had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh as Seattle beat Detroit.

The Mariners notched their 90th victory, one shy of their franchise record set last season when they went to the AL championship series. It was the 1,200th career victory in the managerial career of Lou Piniella, 721 with the Mariners.

Sele (13-4) broke his three-game losing streak and won for the first time in five starts since July 20. He walked none and struck out four.

Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 45 opportunities.

Jeff Weaver (10-13) pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits. He walked none and struck out three in losing his fourth straight start and fifth in six outings.

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