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AMERICAN LEAGUE Yankees halt skid, beating Blue Jays on Womack's hit



Published: Sat, April 30, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Chien-Ming Wang's debut was impressive, but didn't get the win.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK -- Chien-Ming Wang thrived in his major league debut, and Tony Womack hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning to help the New York Yankees end a sorry April on a positive note.

The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on a rainy Saturday, leaving them at 10-14 -- their first losing April since 1991.

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer, his major league-leading ninth of the season and fifth of the week, then walked on four pitches from Vinnie Chulk (0-1) to start the ninth. Rodriguez was thrown out at second on Andy Phillips' bunt, but Tino Martinez's single to right sent Phillips to third.

Pinch-hitter Jorge Posada was intentionally walked, loading the bases, and Bubba Crosby pinch-ran for Phillips. Womack then singled to right, ending Toronto's four-game winning streak.

Rivera gets victory

Mariano Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win, his first outing since April 21.

Wang, a 25-year-old right-hander from Taiwan, held the Blue Jays to six singles in seven innings, including two that didn't leave the infield. Wang (pronounced "Wong") retired his first 10 hitters before Orlando Hudson chopped a single to second base in the fourth.

He allowed his only runs in the fifth, when Eric Hinske singled leading off, Alex Rios walked, Russ Adams hit an RBI groundout and Frank Catalanotto singled with two outs off Rodriguez's glove at third, just beating shortstop Derek Jeter's throw as Rios crossed the plate.

Wang started eight of his first 12 batters with strikes and 18 of 29 in all.

Tom Gordon came in with a 3-2 lead but allowed his second batter, Corey Koskie, to hit a tying home run with one out in the eighth.

Dave Bush, who beat the Yankees with a two-hit shutout last October, allowed hits to his first three batters and fell behind 2-0 in the first. Jeter singled up the middle and, with Jeter running, Bernie Williams grounded the ball to the shortstop side of second base. Hudson came over from second but the hard-hit ball bounced off him into short left-center as Jeter scored.

Gary Sheffield followed with another single and Hideki Matsui, in a 2-for-25 slump, grounded into a double play as Williams scored. Bush allowed his only other run on Rodriguez's fourth-inning homer, his eighth at home, a Yankee Stadium record for April.

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One out when winning run scored.

DP--Toronto 1. LOB--Toronto 8, New York 7. 2B--Hillenbrand (6), Phillips (3). HR--Koskie (4), ARodriguez (9).

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WP--Bush. Umpires--Home, Ted Barrett; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Rick Reed; Third, Terry Craft. T--2:42. A--47,483.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 5

BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Orioles won their seventh straight game.

Miguel Tejada homered for the third consecutive game, a two-run shot off Travis Harper (0-1) that tied the game at 4-all in the seventh. B.J. Surhoff also hit a home run for the Orioles, whose winning streak is their longest since taking eight straight from Aug. 3-10, 2004.

Baltimore rallied from a 4-0 deficit to hand the Devil Rays their sixth straight loss, a season high. Tampa Bay fell to 1-9 on the road.

Todd Williams (3-0) got the win by getting the last out of the eighth inning. B.J. Ryan earned his fourth save, despite allowing a pinch homer by Jonny Gomes to lead off the ninth.

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DP--Baltimore 2. LOB--Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 7. 2B--Crawford (5), NGreen 2 (2), Mora (7). HR--Gomes (2), BRoberts (8), Tejada (8), Surhoff (2). SB--Crawford (6). S--Surhoff.

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Ponson pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. HBP--by Ponson (NGreen). WP--Ponson 2, Kline. Umpires--Home, Ed Rapuano; First, Jerry Crawford; Second, C.B. Bucknor; Third, Phil Cuzzi. T--2:45. A--19,920.

Athletics 6, Mariners 5, 10 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Kotsay had five hits, including a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning for the Athletics.

Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the ninth off Oakland closer Octavio Dotel sent the game to extra innings. It was Dotel's first blown save in six chances.

Keiichi Yabu (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Kotsay finished 5-for-6 and matched an Oakland record for hits, also equaling his career best.

With two outs and none on in the 10th, Ron Villone (0-1) walked Nick Swisher and Marco Scutaro. Kotsay followed with a single to center, scoring Swisher.

Kotsay had three hits off starter Jamie Moyer, raising his career average to .714 (10-for-14) against the left-hander.

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DP--Oakland 2. LOB--Seattle 14, Oakland 11. 2B--BBoone (4), Kotsay (6), EChavez (5), KGinter (1). HR--Sexson (6). SB--Reed (1), BBoone (2), Winn (4).

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Street pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. HBP--by JMateo (Byrnes). PB--Kendall. Umpires--Home, Angel Hernandez; First, Greg Gibson; Second, Brian Runge; Third, Charlie Reliford. T--3:42. A--23,288.




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