Ripken lowers curtain on Hall of Fame career

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2001

BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken went hitless in his last major league game, closing out his Hall of Fame career in a 2-for-48 skid as the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.

A sellout crowd of 48,807, including former President Clinton and major league commissioner Bud Selig, attended the game. Many of the fans missed several innings standing in long lines to buy souvenirs and programs to mark the occasion -- the 3,001st and final game for Ripken.

The crowd collectively stood and cheered each time Ripken came to the plate, but the Orioles' 41-year-old third baseman couldn't reward them with one final hit.

Batting against veteran David Cone, Ripken lined to left in the second inning, hit a popup to short in the fifth and a fly ball to center in the eighth in the final at-bat of his career.

After he entered the dugout, he emerged to the cheers of the crowd and waved in appreciation.

With fans chanting ''We want Cal,'' Ripken was left on deck when Brady Anderson struck out against Ugueth Urbina to end the game.

The horrid skid dropped Ripken's batting average to .239, the worst of his career over a full season. He hit .128 in 23 games as a rookie in 1981.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 2

TORONTO -- Chris Carpenter won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Cleveland Indians their fourth consecutive loss.

The Indians, who will begin the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at Seattle, have lost five of six since clinching the AL Central last Sunday.

Shannon Stewart hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight.

Carpenter (11-11) hasn't lost in eight starts since Aug. 14. Paul Quantrill pitched the ninth for his second save in eight opportunities

Twins 6, White Sox 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Ortiz and A.J. Pierzynski hit home runs to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox and assure them of at least a tie for second place.

The Twins, who moved a game ahead of the White Sox in the AL Central, are 13-5 against Chicago this year.

Jack Cressend (3-2) got all three outs in the fifth for the victory. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Athletics 6, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics beat the Anaheim Angels 6-3 for their 28th victory in 32 games.

Mike Magnante (3-1) got four outs for the win and Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 34th save.

Devil Rays 5, Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte, scheduled to start Game 2 of the playoffs against Oakland, allowed five hits in five scoreless innings in his final regular-season start.

He left his previous outing on Sept. 26 after two batters when he was hit on the left elbow by liner off the bat of Tampa Bay's Ben Grieve.

Royals 8, Tigers 3

Tigers 2, Royals 1

DETROIT -- Randall Simon hit a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to overcome a four-hitter by Chris George (4-8), and Detroit (66-95) gained a doubleheader split that ensured Kansas City (64-97) will finish last in the AL Central.

Steve Sparks (14-9) pitched his major league-leading eighth complete game of the season, allowing 10 hits.

Mariners 1, Rangers 0

SEATTLE -- Seattle tied the major league record for wins with their 116th, beating Texas behind Bret Boone's first-inning homer.

The Mariners (116-45) can break the record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs (116-36-3) by winning their final regular season game Sunday against the Rangers.

Rookie Dennis Stark, Paul Abbott, Joel Pineiro (6-2), Jeff Nelson and Kazuhiro Sasaki combined for a two-hitter as the Rangers were shut out for the first time since the final day of last season.



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