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|Monday, 07 April 2008 19:45|
Coming off a weekend sweep at Detroit, Chicago has won five straight for the first time since Aug. 10-14, 2006. The White Sox have won six of their last seven home openers.
Crede is batting .393 with 10 RBIs. Last year, limited to 47 games because of a back injury, he hit .216 with 22 RBIs.
Jermaine Dye tied the score at 3 with a one-out RBI single off Pat Neshek, who had just relieved Matt Guerrier (0-1). A.J. Pierzynski struck out, and Carlos Quentin loaded the bases with a single.
Crede drove a 1-0 pitch to the bullpen in left for the fifth slam, his first since June 24, 2006, against Houston.
Chicago's Javier Vazquez (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.
Yankees 6, Rays 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Mussina tied Bob Gibson on the career wins list by pitching six sharp innings, Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer and New York beat Tampa Bay.
Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and Hideki Matsui drove in two runs for the Yankees, who lost Derek Jeter after two innings but salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Mussina (1-1) earned win No. 251 and is tied with Gibson for 42nd place. He struck out three to equal Yankees TV broadcaster David Cone for 21st place with 2,668 Ks.
Jonny Gomes homered for the Rays, who are 3-3 heading into their home opener against Seattle on Tuesday.
Jason Hammel (0-1) allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.
Orioles 5, Mariners 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Aubrey Huff homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and the surprising Orioles completed their first four-game sweep of Seattle since 1999.
Melvin Mora also homered, and Brian Roberts had three hits for the Orioles, an AL-best 5-1. The Mariners, last in the AL West, fell to 2-5.
Huff connected off Eric Flaherty (0-1), whose performance was typical of the Mariners bullpen throughout the series. Pitching without injured closer J.J. Putz, Seattle relievers gave up six runs over 7 2-3 innings.
Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with his 26th career leadoff homer and singled in the seventh for his 1,600th hit. Raul Ibanez homered and drove in two runs for Seattle.
Dennis Sarfate (2-0) retired all four batters he faced and George Sherrill, who pitched for Seattle last year, worked the ninth for his fourth save - his third in the series.
Indians 4, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Torii Hunter hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning after Cleveland scored three runs in the top half off closer Francisco Rodriguez, lifting the Angels to a win.
Jhonny Peralta doubled home the go-ahead run off Rodriguez in a three-run ninth as Cleveland took a 4-2 lead before the Angels rallied against Indians closer Joe Borowski (0-1).
The right-hander surrendered a one-out walk to Gary Matthews Jr., a single to Vladimir Guerrero and another walk to Garret Anderson before Hunter drove a 1-0 pitch just inside the left field pole for his 10th career slam.
Hunter also homered in the eight inning, off reliever Rafael Betancourt, to put the Angels ahead 2-1.
Scot Shields (1-0) relieved Rodriguez in the ninth and gave up an RBI single to Casey Blake before completing the inning.