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Birds stay hot, topple Tribe

April 21, 2006


— Big rallies and series wins are commonplace these days for the Baltimore Orioles.

Erik Bedard remained unbeaten, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs, and the Orioles rallied for a 9-4 victory Thursday over the Cleveland Indians.

Javy Lopez, Jeff Conine and Tejada each had two RBIs during a six-run sixth that erased a 4-3 deficit and gave Baltimore its sixth victory in eight games.

"It was a big inning for the team, it was a big relief for me that I was able to contribute to the team," Lopez said.

Minor injuries and inconsistency at the plate have hampered Lopez's transition from catcher to designated hitter. But a 5-for-13 series against the Indians may represent a turning point.

Eduardo Perez and Victor Martinez homered for Cleveland.

Bedard (4-0) pitched six innings and joined Boston's Curt Schilling and Atlanta's Oscar Villareal as the majors' only four-game winners.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3

Seattle - Seattle closer Eddie Guardado walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning and then walked Phil Nevin to force in pinch-runner Gerald Laird with the go-ahead run.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 1

Boston - Jonny Gomes homered twice, and Scott Kazmir held Boston to four hits before a sixth-inning injury as Tampa Bay handed knuckleballer Tim Wakefield another tough-luck loss. Kazmir (3-1) allowed one run - Dustan Mohr's solo homer - and one walk while striking out seven in 52â3 innings to stop Boston's four-game winning streak.

Angels 6, Twins 4

Minneapolis - Jose Molina's two-out double drove in pinch-runner Maicer Izturis to break an eighth-inning tie and spark the Angels. Adam Kennedy followed Molina with an RBI single against Jesse Crain (0-1), after shortstop Nick Punto's throw home to get Izturis bounced away for an error and allowed Molina to move up.

Tigers 4, Athletics 3

Oakland, Calif. - Curtis Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Detroit rallied to beat the A's.


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