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|Thursday, 31 May 2007 19:28|
The Indians won despite a rough outing by ace C.C. Sabathia (8-1), who allowed five runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. Sabathia, 5-0 at Jacobs Field, moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins.
Hafner hit a two-run drive in the first inning and Martinez's two-run homer capped a four-run fifth off Justin Verlander (5-2) as Cleveland improved to 4-0 against the defending AL champion Tigers.
Verlander gave up seven runs and eight hits over five-plus innings for Detroit, which lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central. The right-hander hit three batters with pitches, walked three, uncorked two wild pitches and struck out six.
Tigers designated hitter Gary Sheffield was ejected in the top of the fifth by plate umpire Greg Gibson after arguing a called strike, then breaking his bat on a groundout and angrily throwing the piece of wood still in his hands.
Blue Jays 2, White Sox 0
TORONTO (AP) - Roy Halladay picked up his 100th career victory in his return from the disabled list, and Frank Thomas hit a homer to help the Toronto Blue Jays send the Chicago White Sox to their fifth-straight loss.
The game lasted just 1 hour, 50 minutes, and was the second quickest in the majors this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Seattle beat the Athletics 2-0 on April 25 in Oakland in 1 hour, 47 minutes.
Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.
Thomas' homer was his 495th, and 243rd as a designated hitter, tying him with Edgar Martinez for the most career home runs by a DH.
Aaron Hill also homered for Toronto.
Mark Buehrle (2-2) was the hard-luck loser, giving up the two home runs in his second complete game of the season. He struck out six and walked none.
Orioles 6, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nick Markakis drove in three runs, Brian Roberts had three hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels for their sixth win in a row.
Brian Burres (3-2) allowed one run and three hits in five innings, struck out three and walked three in his first career start against the Angels.
Kelvim Escobar (6-3) gave up five runs on nine hits in eight innings, struck out three and walked four in losing for the second time in his last seven starts.
Roberts snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a single that scored Kevin Millar. Markakis followed with a double to left-center, driving in Roberts and Ramon Hernandez to make it 4-1.
The Angels had the tying run at the plate in the fifth, but Orlando Cabrera struck out swinging and Vladimir Guerrero flied out to center to end the inning.
Mariners 9, Rangers 5
SEATTLE (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to a career-high 24 games and the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the Texas Rangers.
Suzuki went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Kenji Johjima, Adrian Beltre and Yuniesky Betancourt all had two hits for Seattle. The Mariners' first 11 hits of the game were singles.
Cha Seung Baek (3-2) got the win, giving up five runs on five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Gerald Laird hit a three-run homer and Frank Catalanotto had a two-run double for Texas, which lost for the eighth time in nine games to fall a season-low 16 games under .500. The Rangers lost a team-record 20 games in May.
Texas slugger Sammy Sosa struck out four times and remains stuck on 598 career homers.
Vicente Padilla (2-8) gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3 innings.