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Rangers power past Yankees

©Associated Press
August 24, 2002

NEW YORK -- Rafael Palmeiro hit two of Texas' four homers off Mike Mussina, leading Chan Ho Park and the Rangers over the Yankees 6-2 Friday night.

Palmeiro hit leadoff shots in the second and fourth innings, giving him 483 career homers.

"I'm swinging the bat okay," Palmeiro said. "You have to scratch Boston. I don't feel comfortable hitting in Boston."

Herbert Perry homered in the fourth and Carl Everett added a two-run drive in the sixth as the Rangers handed the East leaders their third loss in five games. Texas has 177 homers this season, second in the majors to the Yankees' 188.

Ruben Rivera was heartily booed by the Yankee Stadium crowd of 50,871 when he came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Rivera was dismissed from the Yankees during spring training after he admitted stealing Derek Jeter's glove.

Park, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, scattered seven hits in six innings. He gave up a run-scoring double to Jason Giambi and Jeter's 15th homer.

The right-hander left his start on Aug. 6 after just three innings with a blister and was put on the DL the next day.

Park, pitching like the No. 1 starter the Rangers had hoped he would be when they signed the former Dodgers ace to a $65-million, five-year contract in the offseason, struck out six.

Mussina (15-7) gave up five runs -- all on homers -- and eight hits -- in six innings.

In his start at Texas on July 31, Mussina gave up 11 hits and seven runs in just three innings. He has allowed at least four runs in five of his last six starts.

"I think I threw the ball pretty good, but their guys hit some home runs," Mussina said. "It wasn't like there were runners all over the place. If you get A-Rod out three times you think everything's going to be all right."

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4, three times to end an inning.

Red Sox start key stretch with victory over Angels

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez pitched eight sharp innings and Jason Varitek had a pair of run-scoring singles as the Red Sox started a key stretch with a 4-1 win over the Angels.

Manny Ramirez reached base for the 12th straight time, going 2-for-2 with two walks. He has reached base in 20 straight games.

"Manny's been working awfully hard to get in a groove," Red Sox manager Grady Little said. "He even looks good when he takes pitches."

The Red Sox, who won their third straight, took the opener of a four-game series against Anaheim, closing to 11/2 games of the Angels for second in the wild-card race. Boston hosts the East-leading Yankees for two games after the Angels leave town.

Troy Glaus had a homer, ending Martinez's scoreless streak in games at Fenway Park at 37 innings.

Martinez (17-3), scratched Thursday with rain in the forecast, was steady -- but not dominant -- for most of the night. He allowed one run, six hits, struck out six and didn't walk a batter in lowering his major-league-leading ERA to 2.15.

Ugueth Urbina worked the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances.

Jarrod Washburn (15-5) was ineffective in a matchup of two of the AL's better pitchers this season. He gave up a run in the second and three in the third, surrendering nine hits in the first four innings.

Washburn gave up four runs, 11 hits, walked two and struck out three over six innings. He was coming off his worst start of the year, in which he allowed a season-high seven runs in 62/3 innings.

"I was never really settled in at all," Washburn said. "It was an uncomfortable game. I had guys on the bases all game."

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first on Varitek's single after Shea Hillenbrand was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on Brian Daubach's bunt single down the third-base line.

Martinez, who went to a three-ball count just once, had defensive help in the fourth when second baseman Rey Sanchez's relay throw from the rightfield line cut down Orlando Palmeiro as he tried to score on Garret Anderson's double.

Martinez improved to 16-1 against the AL.

TWINS 9, ROYALS 2: Cristian Guzman ran his hitting streak to 21 games and A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs for visiting Minnesota.

Guzman was 2-for-4 and scored twice. He has the longest current hitting streak in the majors and the Twins' best since Shane Mack hit in 22 straight in 1992.

Rick Reed (12-6), given a 5-0 lead after two innings, won for the sixth time in seven decisions.

The right-hander gave up six hits and one earned run in seven innings. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone -- the 14th time in 26 starts he hasn't walked a batter.

Jeff Suppan lost his seventh straight decision. He gave up nine runs on 10 hits and five walks. Suppan, who was 3-0 in one four-start stretch in May, has not won since July 17.

Pierzynski hit a run-scoring double to start the second-inning rally, then Luis Rivas hit a run-scoring grounder followed by run-scoring singles from Guzman, Corey Koskie and David Ortiz.

Pierzynski's bases-loaded single in the fifth made it 7-2. Ortiz brought in another run with a double-play grounder in the sixth and Jacque Jones scored on an error by leftfielder Chuck Knoblauch on Guzman's single.

ORIOLES 11, BLUE JAYS 7: Jay Gibbons hit the first of four Baltimore home runs, and Chris Singleton came off the bench to get three hits as the host Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit.

Geronimo Gil, Melvin Mora and Tony Batista also homered for the Orioles, who are at .500 for the first time since May 11.

Baltimore's 63 wins match its total of last year.

INDIANS 4, MARINERS 2: Josh Bard capped his major-league debut with a game-winning, two-run homer with one out in the ninth for host Cleveland.

Bard, called up earlier in the day when catcher Einar Diaz went on the 15-day disabled list, hit a towering shot to right off James Baldwin to help the Indians snap a five-game losing streak. Bard's shot ended a long 24 hours for the 24-year-old, who caught 13 innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday night.

Baldwin, making just his second relief appearance since June 9, 2001, walked Greg LaRocca on four pitches with one out in the ninth. He then went to 3-and-1 before Bard, who picked up his first career hit in the fifth, homered.

The Mariners went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position for six innings off Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia, who allowed four hits and walked five.

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