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|Friday, 04 May 2007 16:57|
Jay Payton homered and scored the decisive run for the Orioles, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Markakis drove in the final two runs for Baltimore, which improved to 2-14 when trailing after seven innings.
Casey Blake homered for the Indians, whose four-game winning streak ended. Cleveland had won 10 of 11 and was 3-0 in extra innings.
Payton led off the 10th with a single off Tom Mastny (2-1) and Corey Patterson followed a perfectly placed bunt between the mound and first. Mastny retrieved the ball but threw wildly to first, allowing Payton to reach third.
After an intentional walk to Brian Roberts loaded the bases with no outs, Markakis hit a sharp grounder inside the first-base line.
Chris Ray (3-2) worked two innings to cap a fine performance by the Baltimore bullpen, which retired 12 of 15 batters.
Mariners 15, Yankees 11
NEW YORK (AP) - Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking two-run double in an eight-run fifth inning, and the Mariners ended New York's three-game winning streak.
Jose Guillen, Kenji Johjima, Betancourt and Jose Lopez - the bottom four batters in Seattle's starting lineup - combined to go 9-for-18 with 10 RBIs as Seattle scored its most runs in three years. The first eight Mariners reached base in the fifth inning against Kei Igawa, Colter Bean (0-1) and Luis Vizcaino, a half-inning that took 30 minutes.
Every starter in Seattle's batting order had a hit and a run scored, seven of nine had RBIs, and the Mariners had a season-high 20 hits. Lopez drove in four runs, and Raul Ibanez had four hits.
Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) got his first major league win. J.J. Putz came in with two on in the ninth and got two outs for his sixth save in six chances.
Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui homered for the Yankees, who led 5-0 after one.
Athletics 5, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning for Oakland.
Shannon Stewart walked and Mark Ellis singled off Gary Glover (0-2) with one out in the ninth. Brian Stokes replaced Glover and struck out Eric Chavez before Swisher hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands.
Justin Duchscherer (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Huston Street got the final three outs for his eighth save in nine opportunities.
Elijah Dukes homered for Tampa Bay.
Red Sox 2, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Wakefield limited Minnesota to three hits in seven innings and David Ortiz homered to lead Boston to its third straight win.
Wakefield (3-3) didn't allow a runner past second base against the AL's top-hitting team. J.D. Drew tripled in the ninth and scored on Coco Crisp's single, and Jonathan Papelbon got the last three outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Carlos Silva (2-2) allowed just one run over seven innings, but got nothing from an offense that flailed helplessly at 61-mph knucklers all night.
Torii Hunter had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, but Jason Bartlett managed the only other hit against Wakefield as the Twins lost their third straight.
Rangers 7, Blue Jays 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer, Brandon McCarthy pitched six sharp innings and Texas snapped a five-game losing streak.
McCarthy (2-4) allowed one run and two hits with four walks. He began the night with a 9.90 ERA, having allowed 17 runs over six innings in his previous three starts.
Kenny Lofton also homered and Michael Young had three hits for the Rangers, who managed only 10 runs during the skid. Blalock went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Tomo Ohka (2-3) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. Sal Fasano homered for the Blue Jays, who've lost four straight overall and 14 of their last 17 in Arlington.