June 28, 2005

Yankees rally past Orioles while Steinbrenner fumes

TORONTO (Reuters) - Bernie Williams delivered the go-aheadrun with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as the Yankeesresponded to another threat from owner George Steinbrenner witha 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards Monday.

For the second consecutive game, New York rallied from athree-run deficit to claim victory but it is unlikely toappease Steinbrenner, who issued a statement before the gameexpressing his unhappiness with his high-priced team'sperformance.

"The thing I like is we continue to fight," Yankee managerJoe Torre said. "These are the wins that build character.

"Struggling the way we have, to have your hard work pay offreally helps."

Trailing 4-1, the Yankees struck for three-runs with twoout in the sixth triggered by Ruben Sierra's RBI single toright, scoring Hideki Matsui.

With the score tied 4-4 in the eighth, Williams lofted ahigh fly ball to center, bringing in Jorge Posada who hadsingled to lead off the inning.

Tanyon Sturtze (2-1), who came on in relief of starter CarlPavano, worked one inning for the win while Mariano Riverasealed the win with his 17th save.

Steve Kline (2-3) took the loss.

Larry Bigbie had a solo home run for the Orioles, whoslumped to a season-high sixth straight defeat.

In Boston, Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore homered andKevin Millwood scattered three hits over six scoreless inningas the Cleveland Indians snapped the Red Sox season-highseven-game winning streak with a 7-0 shutout.

Millwood (3-5) was dominant in shutting down the Red Sox,allowing just one base-runner past second.

The right-hander struck out six and walked two in sixsparkling innings.

The Indians seized control with a three-run fourth, RonBelliard lining a drive to third, scoring Hafner and VictorMartinez on Mark Bellhorn's fielding error.

Bronson Arroyo (6-4) was saddled with the loss giving upseven runs -- five earned -- on six hits in 6 2/3 innings ofwork.

In Minneapolis, Joe Mays tossed eight strong innings andJacque Jones drove in a run and scored another as the MinnesotaTwins eased past the Kansas City Royals 3-1.

Mays (4-3) allowed just one run on six hits, striking outthree without a walk to pick up his first win since mid-May.

Zack Greinke (1-9) was tagged with the loss, yielding tworuns on four hits in six innings.

David DeJesus ruined the Twins' shutout bid with an eighthinning solo home run for the Royals, who absorbed their seventhstraight defeat.

In Arlington, Vladimir Guerrero homered and had two doublesand Bartolo Colon tossed eight solid innings as the Los AngelesAngels crushed the Texas Rangers 13-3, to stretch theirseason-high winning streak to seven games.

Colon (10-4) allowed three-runs on eight hits and struckout five without a walk to collect his eighth straight win overthe Rangers.

The Angels pounded out 20 hits, Adam Kennedy contributing atwo-run homer and three RBIs while Juan Rivera wentfour-for-five, including three doubles.

Jeff DaVanon also had three hits and Darin Erstad, GarretAnderson, Maicer Izturis and Chone Figgins two each.

In Tampa Bay, Aubrey Huff belted a three-run homer andJonny Gomes cracked a solo shot, powering the Devil Rays to a4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hideo Nomo (5-6) tossed seven solid innings to earn thewin, giving up a pair of runs on eight hits with threestrikeouts and two walks.

Dany Baez came on to get the final four outs to clinch thewin and his 13th save.