Williams stars as Yankees sweep twin bill from Devil Rays

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

NEW YORK Bernie Williams hit two homers in a game for the first time in more than a year and Ruben Sierra added a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-5 Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader for their seventh straight win.

Williams, who turned 35 on Saturday, hit a solo homer on the first pitch he saw from Rob Bell in the second inning, then drove Bell's pitch into the first row of the upper deck in the sixth for a 5-4 lead. It was the first multihomer game for Williams since May 17 last year against Minnesota.

Aaron Boone and John Flaherty hit second-inning RBI doubles for the Yankees.

After Tampa Bay tied the score 5-all in the eighth against Gabe White (2-0), Sierra led off the bottom half with a homer to center off Joe Kennedy (3-12).

Mike Mussina (17-7) got his 199th win in the nightcap matching teammate David Wells and improved to 11-3 career against the Devil Rays. Mariano Rivera saved both games.

Sierra had an RBI single in the first inning of the night game as the Yankees overcame a 2-0 deficit against Carlos Reyes (0-3), then hit a two-run double in the fifth off Jon Switzer.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 1

TORONTO Greg Myers became the second catcher in Blue Jays history to hit an inside-the-park home run, and Toronto won its fourth straight.

Myers also homered over the left-field fence off Pat Hentgen (7-7), becoming the fourth Blue Jays player to have a multihomer game that included an inside-the-park home run.

Hentgen allowed six runs five earned in 6 2-3 innings against his former team.

Deivi Cruz hit an RBI double in the fourth for Baltimore's lone run. The Orioles have lost four straight.

Toronto starter Kelvim Escobar (11-9) won for just the second time in his last six starts.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1

BOSTON Bartolo Colon pitched his third consecutive complete game and Carlos Lee was 3-for-4 with a home run as Chicago beat Boston to retain a share of the AL Central lead.

Colon (14-12) allowed just an unearned run on five hits and two walks, striking out two to snap Chicago's three-game losing streak and earn his eighth complete game of the season. The win kept the White Sox tied atop the division with Minnesota, which beat Cleveland 2-0.

Tim Wakefield (10-7) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight, getting Frank Thomas and Miguel Olivo three times apiece.

Twins 2, Indians 0

CLEVELAND Kyle Lohse pitched 7 1-3 shutout innings and Cristian Guzman homered for the first time in more than a year Saturday night as Minnesota stayed tied atop the AL Central with a win over Cleveland.

Lohse (13-11) allowed six hits and matched a career high with nine strikeouts for the Twins, who are tied for the division lead with Chicago.

LaTroy Hawkins got two outs in the eighth and Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Guzman hit his first homer since Sept. 11 last season 600 plate appearances off rookie Jason Stanford (0-2) in the sixth and Torii Hunter homered in the seventh as Minnesota improved to 6-9 vs. Cleveland in 2003.

Royals 7, Tigers 0

DETROIT Jamey Wright threw a seven-hit shutout to win for the first time in almost a year and Carlos Beltran drove in three runs to lead Kansas City past Detroit.

Detroit (38-109) tied a franchise record with its 109th loss, originally set in 1996, and are the most losses in the majors since then. The Tigers need to win five of their final 15 games to avoid tying the 1962 New York Mets for the most losses in a season since 1900.

Detroit's 215 losses in consecutive seasons tie the 1916-17 Philadelphia Athletics for seventh-most in the majors since 1900.

Its was the Tigers' 16th shutout loss of the season, most in the majors.

Wright (1-1) earned his first major league victory since last September 23, when he beat Arizona while pitching for St. Louis. It was his first shutout since last July 1 at Pittsburgh, when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Detroit's Chris Mears (0-3), making his third major league start, lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three.

Athletics 9, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas Erubiel Durazo hit two home runs and Jose Guillen also homered as Oakland beat Texas, the Athletics' fifth win in a row.

Oakland starter Tim Hudson (15-6) gave up three runs and six hits over the first two innings but was still able to end a personal two-game losing streak, his longest of the season.

The Athletics led 4-3 heading into the eighth inning before scoring five runs over the final two innings.

Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs for the Rangers, who've lost eight of nine.

The A's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning against R.A. Dickey (8-8) on Durazo's 18th homer.

Mariners 5, Angels 1

SEATTLE Randy Winn hit his second grand slam of the season and Freddy Garcia threw eight shutout innings.

The Mariners moved within a half-game of Boston for the AL wild card after the Red Sox lost to Chicago. Seattle won its fourth straight to keep up with Oakland, remaining 2 1/2 games behind the Athletics in the AL West.

After Edgar Martinez hit a tiebreaking single, Winn's slam off Francisco Rodriguez (7-3) touched off a celebration at Safeco Field.

Garcia (12-14) allowed six hits with five strikeouts and three walks.



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