Tigers Send Angels To 5th Loss In A Row

Bobby Higginson’s third grand slam of the season and rookie Juan Encarnacion’s first career homer powered the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory Saturday over the Anaheim Angels at Tiger Stadium.

Anaheim has lost five straight, six of seven and 15 of 21. The Angels, 0-5 in Detroit this year, are five games behind first-place Seattle in the A.L. West.

Brian Moehler (10-10) got through five innings for the win, allowing four runs and six hits.

Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 27th save and 19th straight.

Allen Watson (11-10) lost his third straight start. He gave up six earned runs and seven hits in 3-2/3 innings.

Orioles 4, Yankees 1 New York

Scott Erickson pitched a four-hitter and Baltimore beat New York for the seventh time without a loss this season, to increase its A.L. East lead to 9-1/2 games.

Geronimo Berroa homered as Baltimore sent the Yankees to their sixth straight loss.

A crowd of 52,535 saw the Orioles match their biggest lead of the season, winning for the third straight day at Yankee Stadium. Never before had Baltimore won seven in a row in a year against the Yankees.

Indians 9, White Sox 7 Cleveland

Matt Williams hit two homers, including a goahead, two-run shot in a four-run fifth as Cleveland stopped Chicago for the seventh time in nine games this season.

Williams extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with his 30th and 31st homers.

Albert Belle, Cleveland’s career leader with 242 homers, was 0 for 5 with two strikeouts for Chicago. As the tying run in the ninth, Belle flied to the wall against Jose Mesa and blew a kiss to the roaring crowd as he trotted back to the dugout.

Frank Thomas hit his 31st homer for Chicago.

Red Sox 10, Brewers 2 Boston

Making his first start for the Brewers since a bitter departure from the Mets, Pete Harnisch gave up seven runs in the third inning and Boston went on to beat Milwaukee.

Reggie Jefferson, Wilfredo Cordero and Scott Hatteberg all hit two-run doubles in the third as Boston sent 12 batters to the plate. Cordero, Mo Vaughn and Nomar Garciaparra also hit solo homers for Boston, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Harnisch (0-1) was charged with seven runs on four hits and three walks.

Blue Jays 2, Rangers 1 Toronto

Pat Hentgen allowed six hits in eight innings, leading Toronto to a victory over Texas.

Hentgen (15-9) struck out six and walked three. The right-hander lost his shutout bid with two outs in the eighth inning when Juan Gonzalez hit a solo homer.

Kelvim Escobar struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

John Burkett (7-12) lost his fifth straight decision.

Athletics 9, Royals 3 Kansas City, Mo.

Scott Spiezo hit a two-run homer and matched a career high with four RBIs, leading Oakland over Kansas City.

Kevin Appier (8-12) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4-2/3 innings for the Royals.

Clearing the bases

Cal Ripken, Jr. celebrated the second anniversary of the date he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak.

Ripken, playing his 2,455th straight game, went 0 for 4 and made an error at third base… . Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, hit in the face and left thumb by Ripken’s line drive Friday night, watched from the dugout. It does not appear as though he will miss a start… . Matt Williams joined Jim Thome and David Justice to give the Cleveland Indians three players with 30 homers for the third time in their history. Cleveland also did it in 1987 and ‘96… . The Angels have lost 10 straight games in Detroit over the past two seasons. Their last Tiger Stadium win was April 12, 1996.

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