July 9, 2005

Palmerio closes on 3,000 hits as Orioles romp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Rafael Palmeiro homered, drove in six
runs and moved to within three hits of the 3,000 mark for his
career as the Baltimore Orioles crushed the Boston Red Sox 9-1
in American League at Camden Yards on Saturday.

Palmeiro hit a three-run homer in the third inning to put
the Orioles ahead for good and had two hits, giving him 2,997
for his career.

The Cuban native is looking to become just the fourth major
league player to amass 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray, all in the Hall
of Fame, are the only men to have accomplished the feat.

The home run was Palmerio's 14th of the season and 565th of
his career as he helped the Orioles win for just the fourth
time in 16 games.

Miguel Tejada went five-for-five for the Orioles and drove
in a run, while Larry Bigbie and Melvin Mora both added two
hits to the Baltimore attack.

Bruce Chen (7-5) allowed one run on five hits over seven
innings for the win, striking out five and walking three.

Wade Miller (2-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on
seven hits over six innings, striking out five and walking

Johnny Damon had two of Boston's seven hits, stretching his
career-best hitting streak to 24 games.

Edgar Renteria drove in the lone run for the Red Sox.

In other games, Jose Hernandez homered twice as the
Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees 8-7 in New York.

Scott Elarton (6-3) pitched seven innings, allowing three
runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three.

Bob Wickman pitched one inning for his 23rd save and Jhonny
Peralta also homered for the Indians.

Darrell May (1-4) pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven
runs on eight hits and striking out three.

Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, Ruben Sierra and Hideki
Matsui homered for the Yankees.