AL: Pettitte ends O's streak at six
By Times Wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 24, 2003
NEW YORK - Andy Pettitte tied a career high by winning his seventh straight decision and again proved to be a Baltimore nemesis, pitching the Yankees to a 4-2 win Wednesday night that stopped the Orioles' six-game winning streak.
Pettitte improved to 16-4 against the Orioles and handed them their first loss since the All-Star break.
Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead single in a three-run sixth inning and Raul Mondesi homered to lead off the seventh.
Pettitte (12-6) shut down the Orioles on one run and four hits through seven innings. He was pulled after his 99th pitch, giving up a leadoff homer to Deivi Cruz in the eighth.
"Pettitte was Pettitte," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "Andy is one of the top pitchers in the American League and he showed why tonight."
Pettitte became the first pitcher to win at least 12 games in his first nine seasons starting with his rookie year since Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski did it for Cleveland from 1916-26.
Tony Batista's run-scoring single put the Orioles ahead 1-0 in the second and leftfielder Melvin Mora preserved the lead by reaching above the fence to rob Mondesi on a home run in the third. Mora was back in the lineup after missing two games when he was hit in the face by a pitch from Anaheim's John Lackey on Sunday.
Rick Helling (6-7) blanked the Yankees until the sixth. Alfonso Soriano led off with a single, stole second and tied it on Derek Jeter's single.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 0: Ryan Franklin pitched a two-hitter and host Seattle capitalized on six walks by Barry Zito.
Ex-Rays outfielder Randy Winn homered and John Olerud drove in four for the Mariners, who stretched their lead over Oakland in the West to five games.
Franklin (7-8) finally got some offensive support. His teammates had a total of 12 runs in his eight losses this season, but the Mariners delivered for him and posted their major league-leading 11th shutout.
RANGERS 12, ANGELS 9: Shane Spencer drove in four, including his first home run for host Texas.
Texas was down 4-0 before batting, but Spencer's sac fly in the second broke a tie at 4 and put the Rangers ahead to stay. His three-run homer in the fourth made it 10-6.
Alex Rodriguez also homered for the Rangers, and Doug Glanville had two run-scoring singles among his four hits. Erasmo Ramirez (1-0) pitched 22/3 shutout innings in relief for his first career victory.
Spencer was 0-for-10 in his first three games for Texas after being acquired in a trade from Cleveland on Friday night. He finished 2-for-4, including a double.
INDIANS 4, TIGERS 1: Brian Anderson pitched seven strong innings and Cleveland stopped a seven-game losing streak. Anderson (8-7), who might be dealt to a playoff contender before the July 31 trade deadline, allowed one run and five hits. The left-hander is 4-0 in five career starts against the Tigers.
The 2-hour, 4-minute game was the fastest at Jacobs Field, which opened in 1994.
"A quick game," said Tigers first-year manager Alan Trammell. "And another loss."
Travis Hafner homered off Matt Roney (1-5). Cleveland won for the first time since the All-Star break. Detroit has lost six in a row and is on pace to lose 119.
WHITE SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 6: Magglio Ordonez hit a tying two-run double in the ninth and Toronto reliever Dan Reichert hit Paul Konerko with a pitch to score the go-ahead runs as visiting Chicago rallied for its season-high sixth straight win.
Rick White (1-1) got the last out of the eighth for the win.
Toronto starter Roy Halladay was trying for his 15th straight win, but left after allowing four runs in six innings.
ROYALS 8, TWINS 3: Aaron Guiel homered twice, and Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez and Angel Berroa also connected for visiting Kansas City.
The Central-leading Royals improved to 8-3 against the Twins this year and dropped the defending division champions 61/2 back. Minnesota is in third place, also trailing Chicago.
Berroa hit a three-run drive that gave Kansas City a 7-0 lead.
Jeremy Affeldt (6-5) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, striking out five. He left after 94 pitches and the long top of the sixth.
Johan Santana (4-3) is winless in three starts since beating Arizona on June 13.
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