Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

American League Roundup: Tribe trounces Red Sox

Ramirez returns, but Alomar steals show

July 4, 2001


— Roberto Alomar has played in 11 All-Star games. He has nine Gold Gloves, a pair of World Series rings and more than 2,300 hits.

But until Tuesday night, a five-hit game was nowhere on his resume.

Alomar's 5-for-5 night overshadowed Manny Ramirez's return to Jacobs Field, leading Jake Westbrook and Cleveland over Boston, 9-1, Tuesday night.

"I had no idea," Alomar said. "I got lucky. I guess I'm seeing the ball real well."

Alomar, leading the AL with a .365 batting average, had four singles and a double, and Jim Thome had three RBIs as the Indians won for just the third time in eight games.

Before the game, Alomar said he isn't thinking about batting titles. Soon, he may have to.

Alomar is hitting .412 since June 1, and .543 in his last 12 games.

"He's been hot lately," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's been hot all year."

Westbrook (2-0), making his third career start and first with Cleveland, didn't allow a run until Trot Nixon homered with two outs in the sixth.

Before that, only Ramirez, back at Jacobs Field for the first time since leaving as a free agent, had been able to figure out Westbrook.

Ramirez went 2-for-4, singling his first two times up before grounding out in the sixth and striking out against Danys Baez in the ninth.

Never known for his fielding, Ramirez made a nice running catch toward the gap to take extra bases away from Einar Diaz leading off the second.

Ellis Burks homered off Tomo Ohka (2-3), and Jolbert Cabrera went 3-for-4 for the Indians, whose shell-shocked starting staff was bailed out by a rookie pitcher for the second straight night.

On Monday, lefty C.C. Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings against Kansas City.

Westbrook allowed five hits in his longest career outing, walked two and struck out four. Paul Shuey, who went over the Boston scouting report with Westbrook at his locker before the game, followed with 11/3 scoreless innings.

Cleveland fans had circled Ramirez's return on their calendars from the moment he signed an eight-year, $160 million free-agent contract with the Red Sox. He received a mostly positive reception when he came to the plate in the first.

However, there were some boos.

"You know what?" said Red Sox shortstop Lou Merloni. "The people that booed the loudest are the ones that still wish they had him on their team. Manny is a great guy. He did a lot for Cleveland. Now he does a lot for Boston."

Mariners 8, Rangers 4

Arlington, Texas Aaron Sele pitched into the seventh inning and won for the first time in six starts, as Seattle beat Texas. Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer before Sele even took the mound. The Mariners had a season-high 10 extra-base hits, seven in six innings against Darren Oliver (7-3). Sele (9-1) was relieved by Jeff Nelson with two outs in the seventh after he walked Mike Lamb. Sele gave up three runs and six hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Yankees 10, Orioles 6

Baltimore Chuck Knoblauch had three hits and three runs scored as New York rallied to win its sixth straight. Derek Jeter, Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius homered for the Yankees, who moved a half-game ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. The Red Sox lost 9-1 to Cleveland. Despite snapping an 0-for-16 skid with a homer Monday, Knoblauch entered the game in a 4-for-26 slump. He had two singles, a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Athletics 5, Angels 2

Oakland, Calif. Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer to highlight a five-run burst in the third inning and Oakland beat Anaheim, handing the Angels their sixth straight loss. The crowd of 51,838, helped by a postgame fireworks show, was the third largest in Coliseum history. Barry Zito (5-6) won for just the second time since April 29. He allowed two runs on three hits over five innings, matching his second-shortest outing of the season.

Devil Rays 7, Blue Jays 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. Rookie Joe Kennedy pitched six solid innings and Steve Cox drove in two runs as Tampa stopped a four-game losing streak. Kennedy (3-1) allowed two runs and five hits, walked one and struck out one. He beat the Blue Jays for the second time since making his major league debut just under a month ago. Toronto lost its fourth in a row. Cox's RBI single highlighted Tampa Bay's four-run third inning off Chris Michalak (5-6).

Twins 5, White Sox 3

Chicago Matt Lawton homered twice, including a two-run shot in the seventh inning as Minnesota rallied to beat Chicago for its fifth straight win. The first-place Twins are 10-1 this season against the White Sox. Chicago fell 12 games back in the AL Central. Brad Radke (9-4) won for the first time in four starts since June 12.

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