Yankees Complete 0-5 Road Trip
Wednesday, April 25th 2007, 7:31 am
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Carl Crawford's first career grand slam sent the New York Yankees home with a winless trip.
Crawford connected off lefty specialist Mike Myers for a slam that overcame a seventh-inning deficit, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat New York 6-4 Tuesday night.
``Considering the timing and what it did for us to win the game, that was the best home run I ever hit,'' said Crawford, who went 4-for-4.
New York dropped into last in the AL East and has lost five straight for the first time since a six-game slide from May 28 to June 3, 2005. The 0-5 trip, which began with three games in Boston, was the first winless trip of five games or longer for the Yankees since they dropped the final six games in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
``It's tough,'' said Derek Jeter, who left after being hit with a pitch in the first inning. ``We should have won a few of them, but it didn't happen. It's just one of those things you have to work yourself through.''
A night after hitting his 13th and 14th homers to tie the major league record for home runs in April, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk. Rodriguez had hit in 23 straight games dating to September.
``The only thing I can tell this ballclub is you can't start forcing it,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ``You just have to continue doing what you're doing. You can only do what you do. If you're out there trying to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, it's going to come back and bite you.''
In other games it was Toronto 10, Boston 3; Los Angeles 9, Detroit 8 in 10 innings; Oakland 4, Baltimore 2; Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3; and Chicago 9, Kansas City 7. Seattle's game at Texas was postponed because of bad weather.
Chien-Ming Wang (0-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings after being activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday.
Juan Salas (1-1) got one out in relief, and Al Reyes pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3
Vernon Wells went 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs and Roy Halladay (3-0) struck out 10 over eight innings for his first double-digit strikeout game since 2005. Toronto took advantage of four Boston errors at Fenway Park.
Julian Tavarez (0-2) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Kyle Snyder relieved and gave up four unearned runs while getting just four outs.
Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun injured a thumb when he was hit by Eric Hinske's foul ball in the first inning and will go on the 15-day disabled list.
Angels 9, Tigers 8
Detroit overcame a 7-0 deficit and went ahead on Maggio Ordonez's two-run homer in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez, but Todd Jones (0-1) threw a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score in the bottom half, then made a throwing error in the 10th that led to the winning run.
Kendry Morales led off the 10th with a chopping single off the plate that Jones fielded before firing wildly past first base. After an intentional walk and a a sacrifice, the Tigers pulled the infield in and second baseman Placido Polanco charged Erick Aybar's slow bouncer. He threw high to the plate as pinch-runner Reggie Willits slid in with the winning run.
Dustin Moseley (2-0) got the final out in the 10th.
Athletics 4, Orioles 2
Dallas Braden (1-0) allowed one run and three hits over six innings and struck out six to win his major league debut and give visiting Oakland a two-game sweep. Huston Street, the fourth Athletics reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Oakland has gone a record 20 straight games without allowing a first-inning run, one more than the 1990 Milwaukee Brewers and 2005 Red Sox, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) allowed two runs _ one earned _ and four hits in five innings.
Indians 5, Twins 3
Johan Santana (3-2) lost his second straight home start after winning 17 in a row during the regular season, giving up four runs and six hits in seven innings.
Fausto Carmona (1-1) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings, ending a skid of 11 straight losing decisions since he beat Detroit in his major league debut on April 15, 2006.
Joe Borowski allowed an RBI single to Jason Kubel in the ninth before finishing for his eighth save.
White Sox 9, Royals 7
With two outs in the ninth, Joakin Soria (1-1) walked Paul Konerko and gave up a single to A.J. Pierzynski. He got a glove on Pablo Ozuna's infield single but made a bad throw at first for an error that allowed Konerko to score with the go-ahead run. Pierzynski, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, took third on the error and scored on the wild pitch.
In a game that started 1 hour, 45 minutes late because of rain and ended past midnight, Boone Logan (1-0) threw a called third strike past Mark Teahen to strand two runners in scoring position in the eighth, getting his first major league victory. Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his eighth save.