Originally created 04/21/00

Orioles down Rays; Twins sweep Royals



BALTIMORE -- Harold Baines ended his RBI drought with a run-scoring double and a solo homer as the Baltimore Orioles won their fourth straight, 8-4 Thursday over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Pat Rapp (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the Orioles, who swept the rain-shortened two-game series.

Baines, the majors' active RBIs leader (1,583) coming into the season, drove in only one run in his first 11 games. But he hit an RBI double in a three-run first inning and made it 6-2 in the fifth with his first homer of the year.

After a two-run homer by Gerald Williams made it 6-4 in the seventh, the Orioles scored twice in their half on consecutive passed balls by Mike DiFelice.

Rapp walked three and struck out four in becoming the first Baltimore starter to earn his second victory. Mike Timlin, making his season debut after coming off the disabled list Monday, pitched the seventh.

Ryan Rupe (0-3) allowed seven runs, seven hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

TWINS 9, ROYALS 7:

In Minneapolis, Sean Bergman, backed by four home runs, won his first game for Minnesota as the Twins beat Kansas City to cap a three-game sweep.

Denny Hocking, Jason Maxwell, Matt Lawton and Butch Huskey homered for the Twins, who also swept a three-game series from the Royals at the Metrodome last Aug. 27-29. Fourteen of Minnesota's 16 homers this year have come off the Royals.

Kansas City has lost six straight following an 8-3 start, its best since 1989. Jermaine Dye and Mark Quinn homered for the Royals, who have not led at the end of any inning during the slide.

Bergman (1-0) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in five-plus innings to get his first AL win since 1995 with Detroit. Bob Wells pitched 2 2/3 innings for his second save of the season.

Jose Rosado (1-2) allowed six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings in taking the loss.

BLUE JAYS 12, ANGELS 11:

In Toronto, Darrin Fletcher hit a grand slam and tied a career high with five RBI as the Blue Jays beat Anaheim.

The Angels were down 11-1 before scoring eight runs in the sixth. Matt Walbeck's homer off Pedro Borbon made it 11-10 in the seventh.

Homer Bush restored Toronto's two-run lead with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh. He had missed the previous five games because of a pulled quadriceps and a strained left hamstring.

Anaheim closed to 12-11 in the eighth when Adam Kennedy led off with a single, Mo Vaughn singled and Tim Salmon hit an RBI grounder. Garret Anderson ended the threat by grounding into a double play.

RED SOX-TIGERS RAINED OUT:

The game between Boston and the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit was postponed because of rain. The game has not been rescheduled.

AROUND THE AL:

Sandy Alomar, the Indians catcher who spent nearly four months on the disabled list last season following knee surgery, was placed on the 15-day DL because of a pulled right hamstring.

Alomar played in a career-low 37 games in 1999 after having a bone spur removed from his left knee in May. The 33-year-old catcher lost 15 pounds over the winter and arrived at spring training in great shape hoping to catch 100 games this season. But just 14 games into a new season, he's back on the DL for the eighth time in his career.