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Archive for Monday, April 10, 2006

BoSox stifle O’s

April 10, 2006

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— Tim Wakefield pitched six perilous innings without allowing an earned run, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Adam Stern drove in two runs for the Red Sox, whose 5-1 start is their best since 1999. Boston outscored Baltimore 20-10 in the series and has won eight straight against the Orioles.

Wakefield (1-1) retired the side in order only once. The knuckleballer twice worked out of bases-loaded jams and stranded 10 runners before leaving with a 4-1 lead. He lowered his ERA from 17.18 to 6.52.

Yankees 10, Angels 1

Anaheim, Calif. - Jorge Posada homered twice and had five RBIs, Alex Rodriguez added a solo shot, and the Yankees beat up on Bartolo Colon to avert a sweep.

New York avoided starting the season 1-5 for the first time since 1989.

Mike Mussina (1-0) retired six of the first seven batters he faced en route to allowing one run on five hits in six innings.

Colon gave up eight runs - seven earned - on seven hits in two-plus innings, struck out one and walked two.

Indians 3, Twins 2

Cleveland - Jake Westbrook outpitched Minnesota ace Johan Santana, and Aaron Boone drove in two runs to lead Cleveland to its fifth straight victory.

Boone had a two-run double, and Eduardo Perez homered as Cleveland improved to 5-1 for its best start since opening the 2002 season 11-1.

Travis Hafner drew a walk in the first inning, reaching base safely for the 11th consecutive at-bat. He lined out to left-center leading off the fourth, ending his streak, and finished 0-for-3.

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 2

Toronto - Scott Kazmir came within an out of his first career complete game, outpitching Toronto's Roy Halladay.

Kazmir (1-1) allowed 12 hits, struck out six and walked one. After getting the first two outs of the ninth, he allowed singles to Russ Adams and Reed Johnson. Dan Miceli came on and retired Frank Catalanotto on a lineout to shortstop for his second save.

Texas 5, Detroit 3

Arlington, Texas - Texas' Brad Wilkerson ended a stretch of six strikeouts in seven at-bats with a tiebreaking, two-run double off the wall in right-center field to hand Detroit its first loss.

Wilkerson struck out in his first three at-bats against Detroit starter Kenny Rogers (1-1) and then again in the eighth, making him 14-for-32 - for Ks - on the season.

Rogers allowed five runs and 12 hits with five strikeouts.

Athletics 6, Mariners 4

Seattle - Rich Harden combined with four relievers on a five-hitter. Harden (1-0) gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one in seven-plus innings Joel Pineiro (1-1) allowed six runs.

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