Archive for Saturday, June 3, 2006

This time, Tigers victims of rally

June 3, 2006


— In 24 hours, the Detroit Tigers experienced baseball's full range of emotions.

One night after rallying in the ninth inning for a dramatic victory over the New York Yankees, the Tigers saw the same thing from the other side as Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer with two outs in the ninth gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory Friday.

"Twenty-four hours ago, we were the happiest team in baseball," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Now we're probably the most disappointed. That's baseball."

It was the second loss in four days for closer Todd Jones.

"I've been here before - I just wish it hadn't been back-to-back outings," he said. "That's why this job isn't for the faint of heart."

With Detroit leading 2-1, Jones (0-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth. But Mike Lowell singled, and Youkilis drove an 0-1 pitch just over the glove of left fielder Craig Monroe and into the bullpen for his sixth homer.

On Tuesday, Jones allowed five runs in the 11th inning of a 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees.

Angels 10, Indians 3

Cleveland - Rookie Jered Weaver took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning and won his second start in the majors. He allowed two runs and four hits in 61â3 innings, walked two and struck out eight. The Indians managed to get just one runner to second base before the seventh when Casey Blake singled and scored on Ben Broussard's double.

Yankees 6, Orioles 5

Baltimore - Derek Jeter singled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, and New York got homers from Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi. Returning from a two-day absence because of a hand injury, Jeter went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. The Yankees finished with 12 hits, giving them nine straight games with at least 10 for the first time since July 1958, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Blue Jays 13, Devil Rays 4

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Reed Johnson homered twice, including a three-run shot to cap Toronto's nine-run ninth inning. Johnson, who came in with just one home run this season, had his second career multihomer game. Frank Catalanotto had an RBI triple to start the ninth-inning outburst, and Aaron Hill added a two-run single to help Toronto stretch its lead to 13-3.

Rangers 4, White Sox 3

Chicago - Gary Matthews Jr. doubled home the go-ahead run off Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning, and Texas handed Chicago its fourth straight loss. Francisco Cordero (5-3) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of relief.

Twins 2, Athletics 1

Oakland, Calif. - Johan Santana pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, and Justin Morneau's two-run homer in the eighth spoiled the chance of three straight shutouts by Oakland. Santana gave up both hits in the second inning.


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