Jorge Cantu capped a six-run, eighth-inning rally with a tie-breaking, three-run homer that gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays an 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cantu hit a 1-2 pitch from Jason Speier over the left-field wall after the Devil Rays overcame a 5-2 deficit on Aubrey Huff's two-run double off Scott Schoeneweis and on Chris Singleton's RBI single off Speier.
The Blue Jays bullpen wasted a strong performance by starter Josh Towers, who left with a 3-1 lead after allowing four hits, striking out six and walking none in six innings. Danys Baez pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win for Tampa Bay.
Orlando Hudson's RBI triple gave Toronto a 4-2 lead in the eighth, and Eric Hinske's run-scoring single made it 5-2.
White Sox 4, Indians 3 -- Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit consecutive home runs off Bob Wickman as host Chicago rallied with four runs in the ninth inning to beat Cleveland.
Kevin Millwood pitched six scoreless innings in his debut for the Indians but was done in by Wickman (0-1), who inherited a 3-0 lead from Arthur Rhodes and was trying to complete a five-hit shutout. Wickman allowed hits to his first four batters over a span of just eight pitches.
Rangers 3, Angels 2 -- Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer to lead off the 12th inning to give Texas the victory in Anaheim, Calif.
Soriano homered off Bret Prinz (0-1), taking a 1-1 pitch the other way over the short fence in right.
Richard Hidalgo hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth for Texas before Darin Erstad tied it in the ninth against Francisco Cordero.
Athletics 9, Orioles 0 -- Substitute starter Kirk Saarloos pitched six innings of one-hit ball, and rookie Nick Swisher hit two of visiting Oakland's four home runs.
Eric Chavez and Keith Ginter also homered for the Athletics, who bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Baltimore on Opening Day.
Twins 4, Mariners 1 -- Carlos Silva allowed one run in seven innings and Matthew LeCroy hit a three-run homer to lift visiting Minnesota.
Royals 7, Tigers 2 -- Runelvys Hernandez gave up one run in seven innings to win his first start in more than a year and Tony Graffanino had four hits to lead visiting Kansas City over Detroit.