Originally created 04/10/98

Baseball roundup: Caminiti caps rally in win

SAN DIEGO -- Ken Caminiti hit a 457-foot, three-run homer into the second deck to cap a six-run rally in the seventh inning Thursday as the San Diego completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 6-2 win over the Reds.

San Diego has won fourth straight and five of six from the Reds this season. At 7-2, the Padres are off to the second-best start in franchise history. The best was 10-2 in 1984, the year they went to the World Series.

Mark Langston and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter, with the win going to reliever Brian Boehringer (1-0).

Caminiti's homer to left-center field was just the 16th to reach the second deck at Qualcomm Stadium. It was his third of the season and came on a full-count pitch from Ricardo Jordan.

EXPOS 6, BREWERS 5: The Montreal Expos got their first victory of the season Thursday night when F.P. Santangelo's RBI single off Bob Wickman in the ninth led them over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rondell White went 4-for-4 and drove in a key run in the eighth as the Expos finally won after a franchise-worst 0-7 start. The Expos began the night as the only winless team in the majors.

Santangelo's single scored Darond Stovall, who singled and was sacrificed to second. Anthony Telford (1-0) pitched a hitless eighth for his first victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his first save.

RANGERS 11, WHITE SOX 0: Aaron Sele pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, leading the Texas Rangers over the Chicago White Sox.

Lee Stevens hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and Juan Gonzalez added a two-run double to back Sele, making his 110th career start. Sele, who beat Chicago 20-4 on April 2 in his Texas debut, struck out five and walked four.

MARINERS SLOWING? Suddenly, it's all going wrong at once: age, injuries, bad pitching, weak hitting.

April has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners.

"It's early," All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez said. "If I was a gambling man I would not ever, ever bet against our veterans."

For now, though, it's not looking good.

Randy Johnson is 0-1 and has a 9.25 ERA. Edgar Martinez is off to a 4-for-29 start at the plate.

Jay Buhner's left knee is aching, causing him to miss the last two games. And Jeff Fassero, a 16-game winner last season and the No. 2 starter behind Johnson, is coming off the disabled list after an inflamed left elbow.

Then there's the question of the Mariners' age. Is it beginning to show?

Are stars like Johnson (34), Martinez (35), Buhner (33) and Fassero (35) going to be able to overcome their slow starts and injuries and perform as well as they've done in the past?

After a 3-5 start in their season-opening homestand, the Mariners open a 10-game road trip -- to Boston, Cleveland and Minnesota -- at Fenway Park today.


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