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|Saturday, 01 September 2007 19:24|
The lanky Texan baffled Baltimore with an assortment of curves, changeups and fastballs in the Red Sox's 10-0 victory Saturday night. He struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter before the 371st straight sellout crowd at Fenway Park.
The crowd stood through the ninth inning, a groan rising from the stands when Corey Patterson hit a line drive to center with one out. But Coco Crisp easily moved over to catch it.
Buchholz started Nick Markakis with a ball, then went ahead 1-2 when the batter fouled one off with a check swing. Then Buchholz threw a 77 mph curveball that Markakis watched go by.
Buchholz, who turned 23 on Aug. 14, pitched the third no-hitter of the season - following Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox against Texas on April 18 and Justin Verlander of Detroit against Milwaukee on June 12.
Buchholz became the 21st rookie to throw a no-hitter, and first since Florida's Anibal Sanchez against Arizona last Sept. 6. He also became the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second major league start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Yankees 9, Red Sox 6
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs to back Ian Kennedy's impressive major league debut, as the Yankees rolled to another win.
Tampa Bay had Rodriguez's bat confiscated in a classic case of gamesmanship - one inning after umpires took away Akinori Iwamura's unusual model following a request from Yankees manager Joe Torre.
Kennedy (1-0) allowed one earned run in seven innings, helping New York extend its wild-card lead to two games over Seattle. Pitching in place of struggling Mike Mussina, the 22-year-old right-hander gave up five hits, struck out six and walked two.
Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 45th homer in the first inning, a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson (4-13). The two-time MVP added a two-run double in the fourth.
B.J. Upton hit his 22nd homer for Tampa Bay. Josh Wilson had a two-run double but committed three errors at shortstop.
Blue Jays 2, Mariners 1
TORONTO (AP) - Troy Glaus singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays sent the Mariners to their season-high eighth straight loss.
Dustin McGowan (9-8) won for the first time in five starts. He allowed one run and six hits in eight innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Blue Jays cost themselves a chance to score in the second when Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill batted out of order. Overbay led off the second with a fly out before Hill doubled to short left. Mariners manager John McLaren came out with his lineup card, on which Hill preceded Overbay and, after the umpires huddled to discuss the situation, Hill was called out.
Facing reliever Sean Green (5-2), Alex Rios walked to lead off the eighth and went to second on a single by Frank Thomas. Glaus followed with a single that bounced off the mound and through the middle, scoring Rios.
Jeremy Accardo closed it out in the ninth for his 27th save in 31 opportunities.
Rangers 7, Angels 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Marlon Byrd broke out of a rut with three hits including a solo homer, and David Murphy and Brad Wilkerson hit two-run doubles for the Rangers.
Los Angeles remained 6 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the AL West.
Edinson Volquez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to make his season debut, allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings after getting staked to a 6-1 lead.
Kelvim Escobar (15-7) lasted only 2 2-3 innings in his second-shortest outing of the season. He struck out six, but gave up five runs, six hits and four walks.
Garret Anderson greeted C.J. Wilson with a three-run homer in the ninth after the left-hander relieved Joaquin Benoit. But Wilson came back to retire Maicer Izturis with a pop-up and Kendry Morales on a fly ball for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Tigers 6, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Justin Verlander struck out 10 and outpitched Dan Haren, and Curtis Granderson homered, doubled and scored three runs to lead the Tigers.
Detroit tagged Haren (14-6) for 11 hits, the most he's given up this year, and Verlander's big day helped the Tigers hold ground in their chase for the AL Central and wild card.
Granderson went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Raburn each doubled in runs for the Tigers, who had lost three of four and started the day a season-high 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians. They stayed three games behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees, who beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-6.
Verlander (15-5) and Haren, a pair of aces and first-time All-Stars who began the day with identical records, both had won in their home stadium in their previous matchups this season.
Indians 7, White Sox 0
CLEVELAND (AP) - Paul Byrd pitched a four-hit shutout, leading the Indians to their eighth straight win.
Byrd (14-5) has won his last four starts and seven of his last eight decisions.
Casey Blake and Travis Hafner drove in two runs apiece while Franklin Gutierrez and Kelly Shoppach homered, helping Cleveland maintain its 5 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. The winning streak is the Indians' longest since they won nine straight in 2005. Cleveland is also a season-high 21 games over .500 (78-57).
The slumping White Sox, who blew a 5-0 lead Friday night, have lost five in a row and 10 of 11. Chicago also has dropped 11 straight on the road.
Javier Vazquez took the loss, giving up four runs - three earned - on eight hits in six innings.
Twins 6, Royals 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Redmond hit a two-run double and Carlos Silva pitched six effective innings for Minnesota.
Silva (11-13) was hit hard in a two-run fourth, but he survived and struck out four while giving up eight hits and three runs without a walk.
Redmond capped a four-run rally by the Twins in the fifth inning against Brandon Duckworth, who came off the disabled list to start for the Royals in a matinee that began at 11:10 a.m. local time.
Joe Nathan got the last four outs for his 29th save in 31 attempts.
Duckworth (2-4) surrendered eight hits, six runs - five earned - and two walks in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out two and hit one batter.