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Saturday, 28 April 2007 19:23
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 CLEVELAND (AP) -A bizarre set of circumstances in Baltimore's 7-4 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night led to a run that was waved off in the third inning added to the Orioles' total three innings later.
Baltimore was leading 2-1 in the top of the third with Nick Markakis on third base and Miguel Tejada on first and one out. Ramon Hernandez then hit a line drive to center field and Grady Sizemore made a diving catch. Markakis tagged up and headed for home. Tejada was around second when the ball was caught and was thrown out trying to get back to first.
It appeared Markakis crossed the plate well before Tejada was called out at first, but plate umpire Marvin Hudson waved off the run.
The umpiring crew conferred separately with Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge twice after the top of the third. After the Indians scored a run in the fifth to tie it at 2, it was announced in the bottom of the sixth that the Orioles' run in the third counted, giving Baltimore a 3-2 lead. The Indians then announced they were playing the game under protest.
Corey Patterson hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to help the Orioles snap a five-game losing streak and end the Indians' winning streak at six.
The Indians took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer, but Baltimore scored twice in the eighth. Tejada started the rally with a single off Fernando Cabrera (1-1). Hernandez added a two-run double in the ninth off Roberto Hernandez.
Jamie Walker (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Chris Ray worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Twins 11, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Morneau homered and Minnesota roughed up Justin Verlander and Detroit with 17 hits.
Morneau had three hits and scored three times for the Twins, who reached base 23 times against five Tigers pitchers. Every player in their lineup had at least one hit, and six had at least two.
Verlander (1-1) had his first poor outing of the year, allowing five runs - three earned - and eight hits in three innings. He came into the game with a 2.08 ERA, third-best among American League starters.
Carlos Silva (2-1) wasn't sharp either, allowing 10 hits and a walk in six innings, but he held the Tigers to three runs.
The Twins scored four times in the second, helped by first baseman Sean Casey's throwing error, and added a fifth run in the third on Morneau's sixth homer.
Rangers 9, Blue Jays 8, 10 innings
TORONTO (AP) - Hank Blalock atoned for an earlier error with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift Texas to the win.
Michael Young hit a one-out double in the 10th and stole third. Mark Teixeira walked and Sammy Sosa was given a free pass from Brian Tallet (0-1) before Blalock flied out to the warning track in center to drive in Young.
Akinori Otsuka (1-0) got the win despite giving up the tying run in the ninth. Joaquin Benoit worked the 10th for his first save, getting John McDonald to fly out to center with runners on first and second to end the game.
Teixeira and Gerald Laird homered for Texas.
Frank Thomas hit his 491st career home run and Adam Lind hit a two-run drive for his second homer for the Blue Jays. Lind also homered in Toronto's 5-3 loss Friday night.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Banished to the bullpen, Kei Igawa saved the struggling Yankees when they desperately needed him.
Igawa (2-1) shut out Boston for six-plus innings after replacing injured starter Jeff Karstens in the first, and New York snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-3) and Mariano Rivera earned his first save to help the Yankees avoid their first eight-game skid since August 1995.
The slump had owner George Steinbrenner seething in Florida, and it raised questions about manager Joe Torre's job security. But the Yankees (9-13) got what they needed - a well-pitched game, even though they lost yet another starter to injury.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter had three hits for the second consecutive game.
Athletics 12, Devil Rays 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Travis Buck hit a three-run homer in Oakland's six-run first and Eric Chavez had a three-run drive in the seventh.
Mark Ellis added his first homer of the year for the Athletics. Dan Haren (3-2) struck out a season-high seven and allowed two earned runs in 7 1-3 innings to win his third straight start.
The runs were the second-most of the season for the A's behind a 16-4 showing April 20 at Texas and marked just the second time the club has scored 10 or more.
B.J. Upton homered and went 3-for-4 for the Devil Rays.
Casey Fossum (2-2), coming off back-to-back wins over Baltimore and the New York Yankees, was tagged for a season-high nine runs in five innings.
Angels 3, White Sox 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Jered Weaver pitched 5 2-3 innings for his first win of the season and Gary Matthews Jr. led off the game with a home run for Los Angeles.
Weaver (1-2), who was 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA last season as a rookie but started this year on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, bounced back from his shortest outing of the season. He scattered six hits and didn't allow a walk, striking out five.
Francisco Rodriguez getting three outs for his seventh save in eight opportunities.
White Sox starter Jon Garland (1-1) pitched seven innings and allowed three runs and five hits.
Before the game, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said slugger Jim Thome is likely headed for the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury.
Royals 8, Mariners 3
SEATTLE (AP) - Gil Meche pitched six innings in his return to Seattle, and Kansas City ended the Mariners' four-game winning streak.
Jeff Weaver (0-4) surrendered five consecutive hits to start the game and didn't make it out of the first inning. He recorded one out, allowing six runs and seven hits to raise his ERA to 18.26.
Meche (2-1) wasn't overpowering, giving up 10 hits - at least one every inning. But he struck out five, walked two, and allowed three unearned runs.
Brandon Duckworth pitched the final three innings for his first career save.
Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and an RBI, and every Royals starter had at least one hit.
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