July 5, 2005

Yankees punish Ryan to rally past Orioles

TORONTO (Reuters) - Bernie Williams hit a two-run single tokey a seven-run eighth inning rally, lifting the New YorkYankees to a 13-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles in theAmerican League at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Trailing 8-6 after squandering an early 6-0 advantage, theYankees pounded B.J. Ryan in the eighth to regain the leadafter the Orioles went ahead with three runs in the seventh.

Jason Giambi started the rally with a homer before beinghit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Alex Rodriguez alsowalked with the bases loaded in the inning to force in anotherrun.

New York sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, withthe majority of the damage coming off Ryan.

Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer for the Yankees andHideki Matsui also homered for the Yankees, who had 14 hits.Derek Jeter had two hits and scored three runs for New York.

Jason Anderson (1-0), the fourth of five Yankee pitchers,went 1-1/3 innings for the win, allowing one run on one hit.Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth.

Ryan (1-2) was nailed for five runs on three hits in just2/3 innings, taking the loss, as Baltimore used seven pitchersin the marathon game that took more than four hours to play.

Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles anddrove in two runs, as did Luis Matos.

In other games, Travis Hafner hit a pair of home runs andhad five RBIs as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 in theopener of a day/night doubleheader in Cleveland.

Hafner had four of the Tribe's 14 hits and scored threeruns. Scott Elarton (5-3) pitched a complete game six-hitter,giving up three runs with six strikeouts and no walks.

Jason Johnson (5-7) allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 3-1/3innings to take the loss. Rondell White homered and drove inall three Detroit runs.

In the nightcap, Coco Crisp homered as the Indians beat theTigers 6-0, completing the sweep.

Jason Davis (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing four hits,walking two and striking out five for the win.

Hafner homered again for the Indians in Game Two, his thirdround-tripper of the day.

Justin Verlander (0-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing fourruns on seven hits, walking three and striking out four to takethe loss.

In Kansas City, Ryan Franklin pitched a complete gamesix-hitter as the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 6-0.

Franklin (4-10) walked one and struck out four, while RaulIbenez homered for the Mariners.

J.P. Howell (1-3) pitched five innings, allowing six runson eight hits, walking one and striking out two to take theloss.

In Arlington, Kevin Mench drove in the winning run with aninth inning single as the Texas Rangers beat the Boston RedSox 6-5.

Joaquin Benoit (1-0) pitched two innings, allowing one runon two hits, walking one and striking out one for the win.

Keith Foulke (5-5) got one out, allowing two runs on threehits and walking one to take the loss.

Manny Ramirez homered for the Red Sox.

In Anaheim, Juan Castro had two hits and drove in threeruns as the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5.

Carlos Silva (7-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing fourruns on eight hits and striking out six for the win.

Joe Nathan pitched one inning for his 24th save and JacqueJones homered for the Twins.

John Lackey (6-3) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runson eight hits, walking two and striking out six to take theloss. Darin Erstad and Vladimir Guerrero both homered for theAngels.

In Chicago, Jermaine Dye drove in six runs and had a grandslam home run as the White Sox edged the Tampa Bay Devil Rays10-8.

Juan Uribe had a solo homer and two RBI for Chicago.

Luis Vizcaino (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for thewin and Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect ninth for his 20thsave.

Hideo Nomo (5-7) went four innings and took the loss,allowing eight runs on eight hits.

Aubrey Huff homered and had four RBI and Carl Crawford andNick Green also went deep for Tampa Bay.