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AL Roundup

June 26, 2000

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Blue Jays jolt Martinez, 6-5
Toronto Carlos Delgado made Pedro Martinez look ordinary.
Delgado hit a two-run homer off Martinez the first homer off Martinez with a man on base in two seasons and Tony Batista's RBI single in the 13th gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 win over Boston on Sunday.
"I'm glad I gave up five runs," Martinez said. "In a way it's relaxing for me that I give up a few, so that you guys start thinking I'm normal."
The Red Sox are winless in Martinez's last three starts his longest winless streak since losing three straight in September 1998.
The Blue Jays have won five straight games to move two games ahead of New York and 21/2 in front of Boston in the AL East.
"We played a tough opponent, and came out big," Delgado said.
Boston reliever Bryce Florie (0-2) retired the first two batters in the 13th before Chris Woodward hit fly ball to left-center that ticked off the glove of center fielder Carl Everett for a three-base error. It was Boston's fourth error of the game.
"I should have caught that ball," said Everett, who waved off left-fielder Curtis Pride.
Pride, who is deaf, said it was his fault.
"I should have backed off earlier," he said.
Batista lined the next pitch to right field for the win.
Rookie Matt Dewitt (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for his first career win.

Indians 2, Tigers 1
Cleveland Enrique Wilson homered on the first pitch from Matt Anderson (3-1) in the eighth inning, his second of the season, as Cleveland won for just the fifth time in 15 games. Steve Karsay (1-4) had given up an RBI double to Tony Clark in the top of the inning.

White Sox 8, Yankees 7
Chicago Magglio Ordonez homered and drove in four runs, and New York's attempt to rally from an 8-1, ninth-inning deficit fell short when Jose Vizcaino took a called third strike that ended the game. Capturing the season series with the Yankees 8-4, the White Sox won six of the final seven meetings against the World Series champions.

Mariners 4, Orioles 2
Seattle Tom Lampkin hit his first career grand slam as Seattle rallied in the eighth inning to hand Baltimore its ninth straight loss. The Mariners, who have six straight, swept the Orioles in a four-game series for the first time in their history.

Rangers 9, Devil Rays 5
Arlington, Texas Rafael Palmeiro's two-run double capped a six-run, sixth-inning that was kept alive by two Tampa Bay errors. Jose Guillen's grand slam in the top of the sixth put Tampa Bay ahead 5-1, but breakdowns by Albie Lopez (4-5) and some shoddy defense gave it all back and then some.

Angels 7, Twins 6, 11 innings
Anaheim, Calif. Darin Erstad hit a leadoff homer and a game-ending one in the 11th inning to give Anaheim the win. Erstad, who hit his second leadoff homer of the season, won the game for the Angels in the 11th, hitting his 16th homer of the season on a 1-0 pitch from Eddie Guardado (3-2). Shigetoshi Hasegawa (6-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

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