Park solves Angels as Rangers pull away

Associated Press
Published April 14, 2005

ARLINGTON, Texas - Chan Ho Park is finally starting to pitch well for the Rangers.

Park became the first Texas starter to win this season and Michael Young hit a tiebreaking three-run triple, leading the Rangers over the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 on Wednesday night.

"He's had two great starts so far, and we expect Chan Ho to continue that," Young said. "I think he's made some quality adjustments. That's definitely encouraging for us."

Park gave up three runs and five hits in 62/3 innings, struck out six and walked one. He had been 3-6 with a 5.38 ERA in 14 starts against the Angels, 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA last season.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter wanted to see a more aggressive Park throwing more strikes and getting ahead in the count. Park used the fastball early in the count, then had the Angels off-stride with breaking pitches, striking out six in the first three innings.

"I made a lot of good pitches," Park said after his first win against the Angels in seven starts with the Rangers. "I threw off-speed curveballs and changeups. The first three innings, guys struck out with off-speeds. I was aggressive. I still got some power, fastballs, but I understand ball movement better, going down and mix the pitches better."

Park also was effective in his first start April 8 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in 52/3 innings.

"He pitched well his first time," Showalter said. "He should be 2-0. He kept the ball down. He had good tempo. He changed the speed on his breaking ball."

Francisco Cordero got the last out for his third save in five chances, allowing a two-run, two-out single to Darin Erstad before retiring Juan Rivera on a forceout with a man on.

Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-5 to help the Rangers to their first victory in three home games this season.

TWINS 8, TIGERS 4: Terry Tiffee had a two-run homer and a career-high three RBIs in his first game of the season to lead host Minnesota.

Jacque Jones also hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who have won three straight. Tiffee, called up from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday to fill injured Justin Morneau's roster spot, went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Kyle Lohse allowed four runs and eight hits in 61/3 innings while striking out six and walking one.

Brandon Inge homered for the Tigers, losers of three straight.

After retiring leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart, Detroit starter and former Devil Ray Jason Johnson gave up seven straight hits, a walk and five runs before being relieved by Matt Ginter.

WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4 (10): Juan Uribe drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, leading visiting Chicago.

The White Sox improved to 4-1 against Cleveland and at 6-2 are off to their best start since 1991.

A.J. Pierzynski lined a double to right-center off Bob Howry to start the 10th and took third on Joe Crede's sacrifice bunt, beating first baseman Ben Broussard's low throw. Uribe then lofted a fly ball to center, and Pierzynski scored standing up.

A'S 6, BLUE JAYS 3: Jason Kendall hit a tiebreaking single to left in the eighth as host Oakland avoided a three-game sweep.

Rookie Nick Swisher scored the go-ahead run after leading off the inning with a single off Jason Frasor to go with his sixth-inning home run.

Kiko Calero pitched the eighth for the win as the A's avoided being swept by the Blue Jays in Oakland for the first time since Aug.29-31, 1993.

MARINERS 2, ROYALS 1: Aaron Sele allowed three hits in 61/3 innings, and visiting Seattle gave Mike Hargrove his 1,000th managerial win.

Ichiro Suzuki, who set the major-league record last season with 262 hits, was 0-for-4 and failed to hit safely for the first time in 20 games since Sept.19 against Oakland.