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AL: Ortiz cuts Yanks' power

By Associated Press
Published August 21, 2004

NEW YORK - Ramon Ortiz was lights out at Yankee Stadium.

With the main scoreboards blackened by a power problem, Ortiz pitched four-hit ball for eight stellar innings and led the Anaheim Angels over the Yankees 5-0 Friday night.

"I think it is the best game I have thrown in my whole life," Ortiz said.

Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson homered and Anaheim took advantage of leftfielder Hideki Matsui's error to win its third in a row. The Angels, in the hunt for a playoff berth, won for the eighth time in nine road games.

Right after Matsui misplayed a fly ball in the seventh, the power on all scoreboards went out, and the public address and sound effects system went silent. But the stadium lights stayed on, and the game continued without a delay.

"It was a little bit like The Twilight Zone,' " Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said.

There was no immediate word on what caused the outage, which lasted the rest of the game and took the Yankees' YES Network broadcast off the air.

The Con Ed power company said it believed the problem was related to Yankee Stadium. A bevy of electricians and engineers scampered around the ballpark after the game ended.

It made for an odd scene when the top of the seventh ended. Without longtime PA man Bob Sheppard to prompt them, the 53,530 fans did not stand for God Bless America or Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Then again, the songs weren't played.

Ortiz won for the first time since June 19, a span of seven starts. He made Gary Sheffield and Rodriguez look bad swinging at sharp sliders and escaped his only jam when rightfielder Vladimir Guerrero ran down Matsui's liner with runners at the corners to end the first.

TWINS 5, INDIANS 1: Kyle Lohse pitched three-hit ball for seven stellar innings and Corey Koskie homered for host Minnesota.

The Twins moved five games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the Central by sending the Indians to their fifth straight loss. Minnesota has won four of five.

Lohse walked one and struck out four against the team with the second-most runs in the majors. He has struggled most of the season and entered 0-3 with a 10.20 ERA against the Indians.

RED SOX 10, WHITE SOX 1: Curt Schilling allowed three hits in seven shutout innings for his 15th win and Manny Ramirez hit a grand slam to lead visiting Boston.

Orlando Cabrera homered and drove in four for the streaking Red Sox, who won for the 10th time in 13 games and surged to 16 games over .500.

They moved within 71/2 of the first-place Yankees in the East, the closest Boston has been since July 30, and remained tied with Texas for the wild-card lead.

RANGERS 5, ROYALS 3: David Dellucci hit two home runs and Kevin Mench had a three-run drive, powering visiting Texas to its seventh straight win.

Ryan Drese won his fourth straight decision, a career best. He has won seven of his past eight starts, and his 3.35 ERA is third in the league behind Oakland's Tim Hudson (2.95) and Minnesota's Johan Santana (3.23).

TIGERS 8, MARINERS 3: Craig Monroe went 4-for-5 with a tiebreaking homer and Nate Robertson pitched seven solid innings for host Detroit. Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki was in the lineup after leaving Wednesday night's game against Kansas City when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He went 3-for-4.

BLUE JAYS 14, ORIOLES 4: Chris Woodward hit his first career grand slam and Orlando Hudson had three hits for Toronto, which had lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road.

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