Anderson, Angels thump Devil Rays

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Garret Anderson homered twice and tied a career high with seven RBIs as the Anaheim Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-1 Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.

Anderson hit three-run homers in the fifth and six innings. It's his second multihomer game this year and sixth overall.

Anderson finished 4-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle. He also drove in seven runs on Aug. 29, 1996, against the New York Yankees.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4

BOSTON -- Josh Phelps hit two home runs and Justin Miller (7-4) won his third straight decision as Toronto beat Boston.

Boston lost for the seventh time in 11 games and fell 7 1/2 games behind AL wild-card leader Anaheim. The Red Sox trail the Yankees by 9 1/2 games in the AL East.

Phelps hit solo homers off John Burkett in the fourth and sixth innings for his second multihomer game in his rookie year. Phelps added a tiebreaking double in the seventh off Dustin Hermanson (1-1).

Yankees 9, Tigers 3

NEW YORK -- Raul Mondesi homered, doubled and drove in three runs as New York defeated Detroit.

Orlando Hernandez (8-4), trying to boost his chances for a spot in the Yankees' postseason rotation, gave up three runs in seven innings.

Hernandez allowed seven hits, including five doubles. He struck out seven, walked none and won for only the third time in 10 starts.

Steve Sparks (8-15) took the loss.

Rangers 11, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs to become the first player in the majors to reach 50 this season, and three of his teammates also connected as Texas cruised past Baltimore.

Rodriguez homered twice against Jason Johnson (4-12), hitting a two-run drive in the first inning and a solo shot in the third.

Rodriguez, who hit 52 last year, is the fifth player in major league history to record successive 50-homer seasons. He follows Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr.

Carl Everett, Todd Hollandsworth and Michael Young also homered for Texas.

Kenny Rogers (13-7) got the win.

Indians 11, White Sox 6

CHICAGO -- Karim Garcia hit a grand slam and Jim Thome added a two-run homer as Cleveland defeated Chicago.

Ricardo Rodriguez (2-1), making his fourth career start for Cleveland, allowed four runs and five hits in five innings to earn the win.

Gary Glover (7-7) took the loss.

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