Wilson Alvarez became the first White Sox pitcher to strike out four batters in an inning, and Frank Thomas homered off just-activated Justin Thompson to lead Chicago past the Detroit Tigers 3-0 Monday night at Detroit.
Alvarez struck out Tony Clark to start the seventh inning, then Phil Nevin reached first when he fanned on a wild pitch. Melvin Nieves and Orlando Miller struck out to end the inning.
Alvarez became the 28th player in modern major league history to fan four in an inning. Derek Wallace of the New York Mets, on Sept. 13, 1996, was the last to accomplish the somewhat dubious feat.
Alvarez (9-7) gave up only three hits and struck out nine in 7-1/3 innings.
Thompson (8-7), sidelined by soreness in his left elbow, was activated from the disabled list before the game. But he lasted just three innings in his first appearance since the All-Star Game, giving up Thomas’ two-run homer in the first.
Orioles 5, Rangers 1
Jimmy Key allowed six hits in six innings and Rafael Palmeiro sent Baltimore ahead for good with a two-run homer.
Key (13-6) struck out seven and walked one to pull out of a tailspin during which he had lost five of his previous six decisions. Key dueled with Darren Oliver (6-10), who allowed four runs and six hits in 6-1/3 innings.
The faltering Rangers have lost six of their last eight.
Yankees 7, Brewers 3
Andy Pettitte won his fourth consecutive decision for New York.
Pettitte (12-5) gave up three runs and nine hits in 6-2/3 innings. He has not lost since June 21 at Cleveland, a span of six starts.
The Yankees staked Pettitte to a 4-0 lead with three runs in the first inning and another in the second.
Bryce Florie (1-2), making his first major league career start after 134 relief appearances, pitched five innings.
Florie replaced Ben McDonald, who went on the disabled list Saturday with a sore right shoulder.
Red Sox 3, Indians 1
Steve Avery flirted with a no-hitter for five innings in winning his second consecutive start and Boston wrapped up the four-game series by winning for the third time.
Avery (4-2), who hasn’t pitched a complete game since May 1996 with Atlanta, didn’t allow a hit until Julio Franco lined a clean single to center leading off the sixth.
Avery allowed one run and four hits in 7-2/3 innings, pitching into the seventh for the third consecutive start.
New York Yankees outfielder Mark Whiten was arrested Monday on a charge of second degree sexual assault involving a 31-year-old woman and was to spend the night in a Milwaukee jail, police said.
Neither police nor the Yankees released any details regarding the alleged incident. The district attorney’s office will review the case today and decide whether to file a charge, police Lt. Ernest Meress said.
Mo Vaughn will not be charged with assault until a man who says the Boston Red Sox first baseman hit him in the mouth can present more evidence that his story is true.
Scott Bird, a 24-year-old from North Olmsted, Ohio, must show more witnesses and medical documentation before her office will press a misdemeanor assault charge, chief prosecutor Carolyn Allen said.
Clearing the bases
Cal Ripken played in his 2,477th game, passing Max Carey to take over 41st place on the list for games played. Ripken also had his 1,428th RBI to break a tie for 44th with Charlie Gehringer… . Oakland outfielder Matt Stairs, who hit .611 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, was chosen the A.L. player of the week… . Angels right-hander Rich DeLucia (6-3, 2.41 ERA, 3 saves, 29 appearances) underwent successful surgery to repair an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder, the team said. DeLucia was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday after complaining of numbness in his pitching hand.
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