AL: This time, Yanks fail Brown

Associated Press
Published April 29, 2005

NEW YORK - Even when Kevin Brown pitches well, he winds up with a loss. This time, he didn't get much help from his teammates.

John Lackey combined with four relievers to shut down the all-or-nothing Yankees, and the Los Angeles Angels got run-scoring singles from Vladimir Guerrero and Darin Erstad in a 3-1 victory Thursday night.

The Angels took two of three at Yankee Stadium, assuring New York of its first losing month since it was 11-17 in May 2003.

After Alex Rodriguez's huge night in a 12-4 victory Tuesday, the Yankees managed one run in each of the last two games and dropped their second straight series at home.

Brown lost his sixth straight start dating to last season, but he was New York's lone bright spot. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, retiring his final 11. Yet Brown hasn't won since Aug. 28, 2004, in Toronto, and his six-game losing streak matches the longest of his career.

Lackey lasted only 51/3 innings because he threw 111 pitches, but he was effective. He gave up only Hideki Matsui's run-scoring double, then turned it over to Los Angeles' outstanding bullpen.

Jake Woods, Brendan Donnelly and Scot Shields combined for 22/3 scoreless innings before Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his fifth save in six chances.

The Angels bullpen has allowed four earned run in its past 392/3 innings.

The Yankees stranded 10.

TWINS 6, ROYALS 5 (11): Lew Ford singled home the go-ahead run off Mike Wood in the 11th, lifting Minnesota and completing Kansas City's first 0-6 homestand.

The Royals lost their eighth in a row and fell to a major league-worst 5-17, 2-12 at home. After being swept in three by the White Sox and the Twins, Kansas City goes on a 12-game trip.

Kansas City tied it at 5 with an unearned run in the ninth off Joe Nathan, who had converted 19 consecutive save opportunities, six this year. Angel Berroa led off with a double and David DeJesus hit a fly ball to deep center. Berroa tagged and took third, then scored when third baseman Juan Castro bobbled the ball.

TIGERS 3, INDIANS 2: Mike Maroth made just two bad pitches in six innings, holding host Cleveland to four hits and leading Detroit to its fourth straight win.

Maroth gave up homers to Casey Blake and Jhonny Peralta in the fifth, but the left-hander had few other issues with the team that's last in the league in runs. He walked one and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

MARINERS 4, RANGERS 1: Ichiro Suzuki and Richie Sexson homered and Gil Meche pitched into the eighth for visiting Seattle. Ichiro pulled Chris Young's pitch into the rightfield stands in the eighth for his second homer of the season to break a tie at 1. Nine of his 39 career homers have come against Texas.

BREWERS 4, CARDINALS 3: Chris Capuano earned his first win since August, giving up two runs in 61/3 innings and doubling to help visiting Milwaukee avoid a three-game sweep.

Russell Branyan homered and Brady Clark had a two-run double for the Brewers, who won for the third time in 13 games and beat the Cardinals for the first time in six meetings this season. Milwaukee also won for the first time this season when scoring fewer than six.

MARLINS AT ROCKIES, PPD.: A day after getting snowed out, Florida and Colorado saw their doubleheader postponed by rain. The doubleheader was rescheduled for Aug. 8, which had been an off day for both teams.