AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP Angels bomb Loaiza in 6-1 rout
The Yankees starter didn't make it out of the fourth inning.
NEW YORK -- Esteban Loaiza is pitching his way out of the New York Yankees' rotation.
Jose Guillen and Jeff DaVanon homered off the newest target of booing fans at Yankee Stadium, and Loaiza failed to make it out of the fourth inning Saturday in the Angels' storm-interrupted 6-1 win over New York.
Anaheim has won four straight and 12 of 16.
New York, playing its worst ball since early April, has lost five of its last six. Its AL East lead over second-place Boston is down to 61/2 games, the Yankees' smallest margin since July 11.
Acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 31 for Jose Contreras, Loaiza has made himself nearly superfluous in the Yankees' current six-man rotation, going 0-2 with a 7.08 ERA in four starts. Already, there has been talk that he will be dealt again.
The skies darkened ahead of a thunder-and-lightning storm that led to a 3-hour, 42-minute rain delay in the fourth.
Loaiza faced five batters in the inning and didn't retire any.
The crowd booed loudly after Guillen's homer put Anaheim ahead 2-1, again when DaVanon homered three pitches later, and yet again when Chone Figgins' drive into the right-field upper deck hooked just foul.
After Figgins hit an RBI single, Torre came out to remove Loaiza, and fans booed some more when the pitcher walked back to the dugout. He has allowed 29 homers, third-most in the AL.
Only about 5,000 fans from the original sellout crowd of 54,008 remained after the delay.
Torre admitted that Orlando Hernandez, an afterthought when he was signed in March, has proved key because of injuries to Kevin Brown and Mike Mussina.
"He's been as consistent as we have right now," Torre said. "We have to start winning more regularly now."
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E--Jeter (9), ARodriguez (11). DP--Anaheim 1. LOB--Anaheim 11, New York 7. 2B--GAnderson (14), JGuillen (23), Pride (1). HR--JGuillen (24), DaVanon (6), Flaherty (4). SB--Erstad (14). CS--Figgins (11). S--Eckstein.
Loaiza pitched to 5 batters in the 4th. HBP--by Nitkowski (Pride). Umpires--Home, Bill Welke; First, John Hirschbeck; Second, Wally Bell; Third, Laz Diaz. T--2:49. A--54,008.
Red Sox 10, White Sox 7
CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez homered and drove in five runs, Jason Varitek hit two solo shots and the Boston won its fifth straight.
The streaking Red Sox battered Chicago pitching for the second day in a row and moved a season-high 17 games over .500.
The slumping White Sox (60-60) fell to .500 for the first time since April 11, when they were 3-3. They lost for the fourth time in five games, all at home.
Bronson Arroyo (6-9) got the win, giving up five runs and seven hits in 52/3 innings. Mike Timlin came in with two runners on in the sixth, gave up a wild pitch and a walk to load the bases, then fanned Carl Everett to end the threat.
Timlin and Terry Adams each allowed a run before Keith Foulke struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.
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E--Borchard (2). DP--Boston 1. LOB--Boston 7, Chicago 9. 2B--Varitek (19), Millar (27), Mueller (21), Uribe (21), Rowand (29), Gload (7). HR--MRamirez (32), Varitek 2 (17), Konerko (30), Crede (16). SB--Bellhorn (5). SF--Kapler.
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HBP--by Arroyo (Uribe), by Arroyo (Rowand). WP--Timlin. Umpires--Home, Doug Eddings; First, Charlie Reliford; Second, Jeff Kellogg; Third, Dan Iassogna. T--3:10. A--37,303.
Blue Jays 10, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE -- Carlos Delgado homered and drove in three runs to key a 15-hit outburst, and Toronto handed Baltimore its fifth straight loss.
Rookie Dave Bush (2-3) allowed three runs in six innings for the Blue Jays, who have their first winning streak under interim manager John Gibbons, now 4-8 since taking over for Carlos Tosca.
Reed Johnson scored three runs for Toronto, which last won two straight Aug. 2-3.
Karim Garcia homered for the Orioles, who have been outscored 43-13 during the first five games of a homestand that ends today.
The Blue Jays did most of their damage against rookie Daniel Cabrera (9-6), who yielded eight runs, eight hits and two walks in 21/3 innings -- his shortest stint in 20 major league starts. Over his last six starts, Cabrera's ERA has swollen to 4.67 from 3.05.
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DP--Toronto 1. LOB--Toronto 10, Baltimore 5. 2B--Johnson 2 (21), Hinske (19), Rios (20), Zaun (21), RPalmeiro (19). HR--CDelgado (20), KGarcia (3). SB--Rios (9). SF--CDelgado, Woodward.
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HBP--by Williams (Johnson), by Cabrera (OHudson). WP--Bush. Umpires--Home, Paul Schrieber; First, Derryl Cousins; Second, Ed Montague; Third, Jerry Meals. T--2:45. A--38,079.