Rafael Palmeiro homered and Miguel Tejada had a season-high three RBIs, leading the Orioles to a 7-6 comeback victory over Tampa Bay last night in Baltimore. With the victory and the Red Sox' loss at Toronto, Baltimore climbed over Boston into first place in the East Division.
The Orioles trailed, 6-4, in the sixth before rallying for their sixth win in seven games. Tejada, who came in with five RBIs in his first 13 games with the Orioles, hit a two-run single in the fourth and singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh.
Palmeiro brought Baltimore to 6-5 by leading off the sixth with his second home run of the season. It was his 102d homer at Camden Yards, the most by any player, but his first since May 23, 1999, when he played for the Texas Rangers.
In the Baltimore seventh, Trever Miller retired the first two batters before Brian Roberts hit a double. Chad Gaudin (0-1) came in and gave up an RBI double to Melvin Mora and Tejada followed with a single to right.
White Sox 4, Yankees 3 -- Joe Crede homered and host Chicago sent Mike Mussina to his fourth loss in five starts. Mussina (1-4) gave up three first-inning runs, then settled down before Crede -- hitting just .184 entering the game -- lifted his second homer to left in the sixth to make it 4-2.
Mussina gave up nine hits in the eight-inning outing, his longest of the season.
Scott Schoeneweis (2-0) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings to help the White Sox avert a three-game sweep. Damaso Marte pitched the ninth for his second save.
Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 and committed his second error of the season, muffing a grounder in the seventh that did not cost the Yankees a run. He reached on an infield single to short in the eighth, beating a throw with a headfirst slide.
Athletics 8, Mariners 2 -- Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer and Mark Mulder worked six strong innings, leading visiting Oakland. Mark Kotsay led off the game with a double to the right-field corner, Eric Byrnes singled to right, and Chavez drove a 1-and-2 pitch from Jamie Moyer over the wall in right.
Angels 7, Rangers 5 -- Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer, Jeff DaVanon also homered, and host Anaheim ended a three-game losing streak. Glaus, a three-time All-Star whose vision was improved considerably by Lasik eye surgery in the offseason, gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a line drive into the left-field bullpen.
Indians 5, Royals 4 -- Omar Vizquel's 2,000th career hit helped set up Cleveland's three-run rally in the eighth as it beat visiting Kansas City. Vizquel's milestone and the Indians' win was tempered by an injury to Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia, who didn't pitch because of a sore left shoulder.
Twins 4, Tigers 3 -- Fill-in Lew Ford kept up his strong hitting with a three-run homer, Johan Santana picked up his first victory, and host Minnesota beat Detroit. Ford got two hits and now has a team-high 15 RBIs since being called up to replace the injured Torii Hunter April 10. Ford's homer gave the Twins a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.