Yankees suffer team's worst loss

Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2004

NEW YORK The Cleveland Indians sent the New York Yankees to their most-lopsided loss ever, romping 22-0 Tuesday night behind an AL record-tying six hits by Omar Vizquel.

The Yankees' lead in the AL East was cut to 3 1/2 games by Boston, which beat Anaheim 10-7.

New York starter Javier Vazquez (13-8) was knocked out in the second inning, Cleveland took a 15-0 lead in the fifth and Jody Gerut and Victor Martinez hit three-run homers off Esteban Loaiza in the ninth.

To make it worse for New York, owner George Steinbrenner was on hand to watch.

The Yankees had never lost by more than 18 runs, falling 24-6 at Cleveland on July 29, 1928, and 19-1 at home against Detroit on June 17, 1925. Previously, the Yankees' biggest shutout loss was 15-0 at home against the Chicago White Sox on May 4, 1950.

Jake Westbrook (12-6) improved to 6-1 in his last nine starts, allowing five hits in seven innings.

Red Sox 10, Angels 7

BOSTON Manny Ramirez homered twice, Curt Schilling moved into a tie for the major league lead with 17 wins and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the Anaheim Angels.

Boston won its season-high seventh straight and for the 13th time in 14 games to take a 2 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the AL wild-card race. Anaheim had won 10 of 11.

Schilling (17-6) pitched into the eighth inning and matched Oakland's Mark Mulder for the major league lead in wins.

Athletics 7, White Sox 2

CHICAGO Rich Harden pitched seven solid innings to help the Oakland Athletics match a season high with their eighth straight win, beating the Chicago White Sox.

Adam Melhuse homered and had three hits for the A's, who won for the 13th time in 14 games. They extended their lead in the AL West to three games over Anaheim.

Mariners 7, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO Ichiro Suzuki got three hits to finish with 56 in August, the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years, and the Seattle Mariners rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays for their season-high fifth straight victory.

The last player to get so many hits in a month was Cleveland's George Weatherly in July 1936.

Orioles 10, Devil Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons homered in the 12th inning and the Baltimore Orioles outlasted Aubrey Huff and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Huff homered twice. He hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, then tied it again with an RBI single in the 11th.

Royals 9, Tigers 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Aaron Guiel's sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals rallied over Detroit.

With the Royals trailing 8-6, Abraham Nunez hit a leadoff single for his fourth hit. Ugueth Urbina (4-6) walked Calvin Pickering and gave up a bunt single to John Buck, loading the bases.

Twins 8, Rangers 5, 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Texas Rangers.

Hunter drove in a career-high six runs and Justin Morneau also homered for the Twins, who maintained their seven-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

National League

NEW YORK Josh Beckett pitched a six-hitter for his first regular-season shutout and Juan Pierre hit a two-run single to lead the Florida Marlins over the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night in their fifth consecutive victory.

Beckett (6-8) struck out two and walked none to win for only the second time since May 20, when he beat Houston 4-3. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.

Expos 8, Cubs 0

MONTREAL Livan Hernandez allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, and Brad Wilkerson and Maicer Izturis each hit home runs.

Hernandez (10-12) also had two hits including an RBI single for the Expos. He allowed Moises Alou's single in the second, Derrek Lee's single in the fourth, and Michael Barrett's single in the fifth.

Braves 5, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA Mike Hampton pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer to lead Atlanta.

Eli Marrero went 3-for-4 and Julio Franco had two RBIs for the Braves, who went 20-8 this month.

Astros 8, Reds 0

CINCINNATI Jeff Kent homered twice and Houston hit three straight shots in the fifth inning.

Carlos Beltran, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit consecutive home runs for the Astros, winners of a season-high five straight and eight of nine overall.

Cardinals 9, Padres 3

ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds homered twice, giving him seven in six games, and the Cardinals powered past the Padres.

Albert Pujols and Edgar Renteria each homered and had three hits for the NL Central leaders. Reggie Sanders also had three hits, and drove in a run.

Brewers 4, Pirates 2

MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Brewers snapped a 12-game losing streak and avoided their worst month in franchise history.

The Brewers went 6-21 in August, barely avoiding their worst month in franchise history 6-22 by the Seattle Pilots in August 1969. Still, it was their worst month since moving to Milwaukee in 1970, displacing the 6-20 mark from July 2001.

Giants 9, Rockies 5

SAN FRANCISCO Yorvit Torrealba and Marquis Grissom homered, and Ray Durham hit a tiebreaking three-run double for the Giants.

Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a double, but the Giants got enough offense from other sources to move into a virtual tie with the Chicago Cubs for the wild-card lead.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX Steve Finley hit a three-run double off Brian Bruney (3-4) in the 13th in his return to Arizona, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Diamondbacks.

Finley also homered off Randy Johnson as he faced Arizona for the first time since the Diamondbacks traded him on July 31.

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