Royals Score 26, Shut Out in Same Day

Friday, September 10th 2004, 6:53 am
By: News On 6

(AP)_Jeremy Bonderman brought the Kansas City Royals back to earth in a hurry. After Kansas City set a team record for runs in a 26-5 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday, the Detroit right-hander shut down the Royals in the nightcap, allowing six hits in eight innings in the Tigers' 8-0 victory.

``I couldn't worry about the first game,'' Bonderman said. ``I just stuck to my game plan. I can't change what I do because of what happened earlier.''

The Royals tied for the fifth-most runs in a game since 1900, scoring the most since Texas beat Baltimore 26-7 in 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Joe Randa was 6-for-7 and tied a major league record with six runs, becoming the first AL player with six hits and six runs in a nine-inning game.

``You go through stretches like this, where everything you hit finds a hole,'' said Randa, who had five singles and a double. ``I know I got lucky out there.''

The visiting Royals had 26 hits in the game, with Angel Berroa going 4-for-5 with a home run, a triple and five RBIs, and Dee Brown and Alberto Castillo combining for seven hits and seven RBIs.

``It's crazy,'' Royals designated hitter Calvin Pickering said. ``We hit the ball good in the first game, and we hit the ball good in the second game. We just couldn't put anything together in the second one.''

The Royals' previous record for runs was 23, against Minnesota in 1974. The major league mark for a nine-inning game is 29 by the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Browns in 1950, and the Chicago White Sox against the Kansas City Athletics in 1955.

In other American League games Thursday, New York swept a doubleheader from Tampa Bay, winning 9-1 and 10-5; Seattle beat Boston 7-1; Chicago topped Texas 7-3; and Toronto edged Anaheim 5-4.

Kansas City's Zack Greinke (8-9) won the opener, allowing three runs in five innings. Jason Johnson (8-13) took the loss, dropping to 0-5 in his last seven starts. He allowed 11 runs _ nine earned _ in 2 1-3 innings.

``You are going to have days like that,'' Johnson said. ``I haven't been right for four starts now. I need to work on the side and wipe this out.''

In the second game, the 21-year-old Bonderman (9-11) struck out nine and allowed only one Kansas City runner to get into scoring position. Darrell May (9-17) lost his fifth straight, giving up eight runs _ three earned _ and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings.

``We got our clocks cleaned in the first game, and then came out and shut them out in the second game,'' Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. ``How can you explain something like that? You can't.''

Mariners 7, Red Sox 1

At Seattle, Ichiro Suzuki broke his own AL record for singles in a season, Bobby Madritsch (4-2) pitched eight shutout innings, and Seattle dropped Boston 3 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Suzuki had two singles in four at-bats to push his season total to 194, two more than he had as a rookie in 2001. The Japanese star has 229 hits overall and leads the majors with a .378 average. The major league record for hits in a season is 257, set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.

The Red Sox, who had won four in a row, 14 of 15 and 20 of 22, committed two errors that accounted for five unearned runs behind Tim Wakefield (11-9). A dropped fly ball by left fielder Manny Ramirez led to four unearned runs in the fifth.

Yankees 9, Devil Rays 1, 1st game

Yankees 10, Devil Rays 5, 2nd game

At New York, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark each drove in two runs during a seven-run second inning to help the Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep and extend their AL East lead over Boston for the first time since Aug. 23.

John Flaherty and Derek Jeter homered for the Yankees, who outscored the Devil Rays 19-6 and outhit them 26-18 in the doubleheader. Jeter was 5-for-9 with a homer and three RBIs in the two games. The Yankees won all four games in the rain-shortened series and have won five in a row overall.

Mike Mussina (10-9) was the winner in the opener, and Tanyon Sturtze (6-2) got the victory in the second game in relief of Brad Halsey.

Blue Jays 5, Angels 4

At Anaheim, Calif., Carlos Delgado capped a five-run third inning with a two-run homer, helping drop Anaheim two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy homered for the Angels.

Ted Lilly (10-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, barely preserving a five-run lead.

White Sox 7, Rangers 3

At Arlington, Texas, Mark Buehrle pitched a three-hitter, and Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered for Chicago.

Buehrle struck out six and walked two in his 13th career complete game. He retired 15 of his final 16 batters.

Texas dropped six games behind AL West-leading Oakland with its ninth loss in 11 games.