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Pena 6 for 6 in Tigers' slugfest

Detroit (27 hits) crowns Royals

The Detroit Tigers smacked 27 hits to tie a team record, with Carlos Pena going 6 for 6 with two home runs in a 17-7 rout at Kansas City yesterday.

Pena, of Haverhill, Mass., matched the club mark for hits in a game, sharing the accomplishment with Ty Cobb and two others. The Tigers last got 27 hits Sept. 29, 1928, against the New York Yankees.

Pena tied the AL record for hits in a nine-inning game, with Alfonso Soriano and Frank Catalanotto also doing it this season.

"Things like this never happen. Very, very seldom do they happen," Pena said.

Detroit also clubbed eight doubles in easily setting the major league high for hits this season, eclipsing the 23 the White Sox got against Minnesota May 23.

The Tigers also had the most hits in the majors since Boston got 28 in a 25-8 rout of Florida at Fenway Park last June 27.

"What a day!" Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "To me, that just sums it up." Pena hit a solo homer in the eighth inning, added a three-run shot in the ninth against Nate Field, and finished with five RBIs.

Yankees 18, Orioles 5 -- Alex Rodriguez homered and Hideki Matsui had two hits during an eight-run fifth inning as visiting New York hammered Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep.

Enrique Wilson homered and drove in four runs and Tony Clark also had four RBIs for the Yankees, who outscored the Orioles, 41-17, in the series. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that New York scored as many as 41 runs in a three-game series.

Miguel Tejada, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jose Leon homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven straight.

New York trailed, 3-0, before getting nine hits in its most productive inning of the season.

Indians 9, Mariners 5 -- Jake Westbrook was spotted a big lead and Cleveland's bullpen didn't give it all back as the Indians beat visiting Seattle, ending their season-high losing streak at seven.

Westbrook (4-2) managed to make it through five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He then turned it over to the bullpen, already responsible for 14 losses and 11 blown saves.

But Rick White, Cliff Bartosh, Rafael Betancourt, and Jose Jimenez did their jobs, combining to hold the Mariners to one run and one hit over the final four innings.

Blue Jays 3, Angels 2 -- Roy Halladay took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and host Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Anaheim. Halladay (5-4) outpitched Jarrod Washburn, who failed in his attempt to become the majors' first eight-game winner.

White Sox 9, Rangers 0 -- Mark Buehrle scattered nine hits over seven innings and Juan Uribe homered twice as host Chicago blanked Texas for the second straight game.

Buehrle (5-1) won his fourth straight start and once again got big run support from his teammates, including a three-run homer from Jose Valentin in the first and solo shots from Uribe in the fifth and seventh innings.

Devil Rays 5, Twins 4 -- Rocco Baldelli hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and reliever John Halama threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to lead host Tampa Bay over Minnesota.

Baldelli's first homer since May 2 overcame a 4-2 deficit in the fourth, and Tampa Bay went on to win for the sixth time in seven games. His drive hit a catwalk support pole approximately 125 feet above the field.