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Tuesday, 24 July 2007 19:03
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 CHICAGO (AP) -Javier Vazquez allowed four hits over eight innings Tuesday to win his fifth straight decision, and Paul Konerko's two-run homer off Jeremy Bonderman led the struggling Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Vazquez (8-5) gave up solo homers to Curtis Granderson and Ivan Rodriguez. He struck out eight and walked one, improving to 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances, helping the White Sox stop a four-game losing streak. Detroit won the series opener 9-6.
Bonderman (10-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in seven innings. He is 2-2 in his last six starts after winning eight in a row.
With the score 3-3 in the sixth, Jim Thome singled and Konerko hit a liner over the fence in left for his 22nd homer. Josh Fields also homered for the White Sox.
White Sox 8, Tigers 7, 2nd game
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Guillen misplayed A.J. Pierzynski's one-hopper, allowing the go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning as the White Sox sweeped a doubleheader.
The White Sox trailed 7-1 in the night game before getting two runs in the sixth, then closed to 7-6 when Jim Thome hit a three-run homer off Chad Durbin in the seventh.
Rob Mackowiak opened the eighth with a bad-hop double past first baseman Sean Casey, moved to third on a grounder and scored the tying run on a single by Scott Podsednik.
Podsednik stole second, Juan Uribe walked off Zach Miner (1-2) and Pierzynski hit a potential double-play ball that Guillen missed.
Matt Thornton (3-3), who got the final out of the top of the eighth, got the win. Bobby Jenks got the final three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances, his second of the day.
Red Sox 1, Indians 0
CLEVELAND (AP) - Rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched seven shutout innings to outduel C.C. Sabathia, denying Cleveland's ace his 14th win, as the Red Sox won their fifth straight.
Matsuzaka (12-7), tagged for a season-high 12 hits in his first start against Cleveland on May 30, gave up four hits before turning it over to the majors' best bullpen.
The Japanese right-hander improved to 5-2 in his past eight starts.
Dice-K, with his dizzying array of pitches, was only slightly better than Sabathia (13-5), who gave up five singles, struck out seven and didn't allow a walk in seven strong innings. The left-hander was trying to become baseball's first 14-game winner, but didn't get any offensive support from the scuffling Indians, now 10-10 in July.
Matsuzaka was pulled after 98 pitches, giving way to Hideki Okajima, who worked a perfect eighth. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 24 tries as the Red Sox reached the 100-game plateau a major league-best 61-39.
Yankees 9, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Derek Jeter had four hits, New York batted around in both the first and second innings and the Yankees extended their winning streak to five.
Chien-Ming Wang (11-5) won for the eighth time in nine decisions, backed by another stellar night from New York's offense. The Yankees have scored 63 runs in a five-game span for the first time since July 26-29, 1931, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. New York put a runner on base in 24 consecutive innings before Joel Peralta pitched a perfect eighth.
New York (53-46), a season-best seven games over .500, has won 10 of 12 - against Tampa Bay, Toronto and Kansas City - and pulled within 4 1/2 games of Cleveland, the AL wild card leader. New York stayed 7 1/2 games back of AL East-leading Boston.
Scott Elarton (2-4), the second straight Royals' starter to throw a BP-like outing, gave up seven runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings, his ERA rising from an awful 9.17 to a putrid 10.46.
Rangers 2, Mariners 1, 1st game
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - John Rheinecker didn't allow an earned run in seven innings and Marlon Byrd drove in a run with his third triple in four games for the Rangers.
Rheinecker (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma a day earlier and making only his second start this season, limited the Mariners to six hits. The only walk the left-hander allowed was to Jose Lopez, the second batter of the game who scored on a groundout after an error.
Sammy Sosa had a two-out double in the fourth and tied the game on the triple by Byrd, who is hitting .358 with six triples in 52 games since being recalled from Oklahoma on May 26.
Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Ryan Feierabend (1-4), recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start for Seattle, gave up two runs and six hits over five innings. He is 0-3 with a 12.00 ERA in his last five starts.
Rangers 4, Mariners 3, 2nd game
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Travis Metcalf was 4-for-4, his last hit an RBI double in the eighth inning, and Eric Gagne worked the ninth for his second save of the day.
The two saves in the same day for Gagne came after he gave up three runs in the ninth inning of the Rangers' 8-7 victory in the series opener Monday night. He has 16 saves this season.
Gerald Laird led off the eighth in Game 2 with a single before a sacrifice bunt by Ramon Vazquez. Metcalf then doubled off the left-field wall off Chris Reitsma (0-2).
C.J. Wilson (2-1) struck out three batters in 1 1-3 innings in relief of Loe.
Both Game 2 starters left tied 3-3 after throwing a lot of pitches. Seattle's Jarrod Washburn threw 112 (63 strikes) in 5 2-3 innings. Loe, who had a 9.35 ERA his previous two starts since the All-Star break, threw 77 of 117 pitches for strikes.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 0
TORONTO (AP) - Vernon Wells drove in four runs, Dustin McGowan won consecutive starts for the first time since early June and the Toronto Blue Jays matched their longest winning streak of the season at four.
Wells homered in the fourth off Scott Baker (4-4), his 14th of the season but first since July 6, and added a two-run double in the eighth against Pat Neshek.
McGowan (7-5) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked three. Since beating the New York Yankees on May 28 and the Chicago White Sox on June 2, he had a no-decision and then alternated wins and losses in his next seven starts.
Casey Janssen and Brandon League finished the six-hitter, the eighth shutout against the Twins this year. Minnesota has lost three straight and 12 of 21. The Twins haven't scored in 12 consecutive innings.
Baker (4-4) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings.
Orioles 3, Devil Rays 0
BALTIMORE (AP) - Daniel Cabrera pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and earned his first win since June 22, improving to 5-0 lifetime against the Devil Rays.
Cabrera (7-10) walked five and struck out three. The lone hit against the right-hander came in the fourth inning, when B.J. Upton bounced a hit-and-run single to right through the hole vacated by second baseman Brian Roberts.
Paul Shuey worked the eighth, getting a double play after giving up a leadoff walk, and Jamie Walker got three outs to complete the two-hitter and earn his second save.
Kazmir (7-7) struck out eight, but gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander had won his past two starts while allowing a total of one earned run.
The Devil Rays were coming off three straight losses to the New York Yankees in which they were outscored 45-12. Tampa Bay has lost seven in a row in Baltimore and is 5-21 overall since June 25.
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