Ichiro collects five hits in win

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2004


  AP Photo/Chris Carlson Ichiro Suzuki gets his third base hit off Angels pitcher Ramon Ortiz at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday. AP Photo/Chris Carlson

AP Photo/Chris Carlson Ichiro Suzuki gets his third base hit off Angels pitcher Ramon Ortiz at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

ANAHEIM, Calif. Ichiro Suzuki went 5-for-5 to pull within 14 hits of George Sisler's major league record of 257, and Seattle beat Anaheim 7-3 Tuesday.

The Angels remained 2 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West and dropped 5 1/2 games back of Boston in the wild-card race.

Suzuki singled every time up for his fourth five-hit game of the season and his major league career. He raised his batting average to .372, taking over the major league lead from San Francisco's Barry Bonds (.369). Suzuki has 11 games left to break the record Sisler set in 154 games with the 1920 St. Louis Browns.

Winning pitcher Jamie Moyer (7-12) had been 0-10 since beating Pittsburgh on June 18. Scott Spiezio drove in four runs against the team he helped to a World Series title two years ago.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3

NEW YORK Jason Giambi homered to end the longest slump of his career and Esteban Loaiza finally earned his 100th career victory and first for the Yankees.

Gary Sheffield hit his 36th home run two days after getting a pair of cortisone shots. Alex Rodriguez almost homered for the Yankees, too, but was robbed on a spectacular catch by center fielder Vernon Wells.

Mariano Rivera matched his career high with his 50th save as the Yankees held their 4 1/2-game lead over Boston in the AL East and stopped Toronto's three-game winning string.

Giambi had been 0-for-32, with 11 of those at-bats coming since he returned from the disabled list.

Loaiza (10-7) outpitched Roy Halladay (7-8) after finishing runner-up to the Toronto ace last year in the AL Cy Young voting. Halladay, in his first outing since July 16, left after four innings trailing 3-2.

Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

BOSTON Mark Bellhorn singled in two runs in the ninth as Boston rallied past Baltimore and snapped a three-game losing streak after nearly blowing the game in the top of the inning.

Curt Schilling cruised through eight innings, striking out a season-high 14 as he went for his major league-leading 21st victory.

Given a 1-0 lead on Kevin Millar's sacrifice fly in the eighth, Keith Foulke (4-3) gave up Javy Lopez's two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth.

B.J. Ryan (3-6) walked Kevin Youkilis in the bottom half, and Bill Mueller doubled off the Green Monster for his career-high fourth hit. Pinch-hitter David McCarty popped up to first, then Johnny Damon struck out looking.

Jorge Julio came on to face Bellhorn, who laced a pitch to deep center field.

Devil Rays 7, Royals 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jorge Cantu hit a go-ahead, two-run double during a five-run eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.

Cantu made it 5-4 on his drive to left-center field off Shawn Camp (2-1), and Carl Crawford and Jose Cruz Jr. followed with RBI singles off Jaime Cerda.

Rocco Baldelli pulled the Devil Rays to 4-3 on a solo homer earlier in the eighth off Dennys Reyes.

Cruz had four hits, including a two-run homer for the Devil Rays.

Indians 8, Tigers 7

DETROIT Casey Blake's bloop single broke a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cleveland over Detroit.

The Indians trailed 7-2 after five innings before rallying behind five RBIs from Ben Broussard.

Coco Crisp led off the ninth with a walk, and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After Victor Martinez flew out, Esteban Yan (3-5) intentionally walked Matt Lawton, but Blake looped a single into shallow right field to give Cleveland the lead.

Bobby Howry (3-1) got the win in relief, and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

White Sox 8, Twins 6

CHICAGO Paul Konerko hit his 40th home run of the season, and Juan Uribe had his first career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning that sent Chicago over Minnesota.

Ross Gload and Aaron Rowand also drove in runs for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game losing streak against the AL Central-champion Twins.

Minnesota rested Torii Hunter and Shannon Stewart a night after clinching its third straight division title.

Rangers 9, Athletics 4

ARLINGTON, Texas Michael Young hit a grand slam, Mark Teixeira had a two-run double and Texas beat All-Star starter Mark Mulder for the second time in a week.

While the September struggles of Mulder continued, Ryan Drese (14-8) won his third straight start even though he allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Mulder (17-6) didn't make it out of the fifth, allowing nine runs five earned on eight hits with two walks and two hit batters. The left-hander is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in four starts this month.

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