Yankees rout Red Sox, even series

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004

NEW YORK Jon Lieber no-hit the Red Sox until David Ortiz's two-out home run in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees beat up on Derek Lowe in a 14-4 win Saturday that stopped Boston's momentum.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run single in a five-run first inning and later hit a solo homer, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Bernie Williams had a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees restored their AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.

Lieber (12-8) improved to 5-1 this year following Yankees' losses and won for the fourth time in five decisions. He allowed just one runner in the first six innings against the highest-scoring team in the majors, on a third-inning walk to Doug Mientkiewicz. With New York leading 13-0 and the crowd roaring with every out in anticipation of something special, Ortiz sent a two-out pitch deep over the fence in left.

Orioles 12, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS Miguel Tejada homered twice and drove in five runs, and rookie Daniel Cabrera threw six strong innings for Baltimore.

After winning nine straight, the Twins have been outscored 23-5 in two games by the Orioles keeping the celebration of their third consecutive AL Central title on hold for a bit. Minnesota's magic number to clinch remained at three before the second-place Chicago White Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Athletics 7, Mariners 4

SEATTLE Tim Hudson beat the Seattle Mariners for the third time this season and Eric Chavez hit his 29th homer for the A's, who moved two games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 with his 200th single. He has 236 hits this season, 21 from tying the season record set by George Sisler with the St. Louis Browns in 1920. Suzuki broke the major league mark for singles in a season Friday night.

Rangers 2, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Emergency starter Joaquin Benoit pitched two-hit ball into the fifth inning, then six relievers gave up three hits the rest of the way for Texas.

Rod Barajas, the No. 9 batter, drove in the Rangers' first run with an RBI single off Kelvim Escobar (10-11) in the third inning. Pinch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr. added an RBI single off Scot Shields in the ninth.

Blue Jays 4, Devil Rays 2

TORONTO David Bush and three relievers combined on a three-hitter for the Blue Jays.

Bush (4-4) gave up two runs one earned and two hits and walked four in six innings. The rookie right-hander only allowed Julio Lugo's RBI single in the third and Jose Cruz Jr.'s single in the fourth.

Royals 7, Indians 1

CLEVELAND John Buck hit a two-run homer and Jimmy Gobble (8-8) allowed two hits over seven innings in Kansas City's win over Cleveland.

Angel Berroa had three hits and an RBI for the Royals, who won consecutive road games for the first time since June 16-17.

White Sox 9, Tigers 8

CHICAGO Joe Borchard scored from second base on Aaron Rowand's infield single in the 12th inning to give Chicago a wild victory.

Borchard and Rowand each hit two-run homers in the 10th inning after Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena hit two-run shots in the top half to give Detroit an 8-4 lead.

With one out in the 12th, Borchard was walked by Al Levine (3-4) and advanced to second on a groundout. Rowand then hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Inge and just beat the throw to first for a hit.

Borchard never stopped running and scored without a throw when Pena turned to question first base umpire Jeff Nelson's call of safe.

Damaso Marte (5-5) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win.

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