Originally created 04/08/00

Indians cruise past Devil Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Omar Vizquel hit his fourth career grand slam, and Jim Thome and David Justice also homered during Cleveland's nine-run second inning as the Indians routed Tampa Bay 14-5 Friday night.

Travis Fryman added a three-run double for the Indians, 3-for-4 with 10 RBI when batting with the bases loaded. Six of those runs came off Juan Guzman (0-1) in the second when Cleveland sent 12 batters to the plate.


In Baltimore, Charles Johnson homered for the fourth time in three games as the Orioles beat Detroit in a slugfest that featured nine home runs.

Johnson's three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning that put the Orioles ahead 11-7. The teams combined for five home runs in the inning, tying a major league record.


In Arlington, Texas, Royce Clayton hit two home runs and Ivan Rodriguez, Ruben Mateo and Rusty Greer also homered for Texas as the Rangers beat Toronto.

Mark Clark (1-0) won for the first time since May 24, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He missed the final 2' months of last season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.


In Kansas City, Mike Sweeney had two homers and four RBI, and Jermaine Dye added a three-run shot as the Royals rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Minnesota.

Minnesota led 6-2 before Dye's three-run homer in the seventh off Bob Wells. Sweeney then fouled off six two-strike pitches before tying the score with a solo homer. An inning later, the Royals went ahead on an error by catcher Matt LeCroy, who dropped a throw from Cristian Guzman on Dye's slow roller to short, allowing Carlos Febles to score for a 7-6 lead.


Three-time AL All-Star Ozzie Guillen, released by the Braves on March 31, joined the Devil Rays and outfielder Quinton McCracken, the team's most valuable player two years ago, was optioned to Triple-A Durham. ... Bernie Williams, the Yankees' All-Star center fielder bothered by a sore right shoulder, was back in the outfield Friday night against the Mariners. ... Cuban defector Adrian Hernandez said Friday he had agreed to a four-year contract with the Yankees.


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