Originally created 05/01/00

Martinez stays perfect at 5-0



CLEVELAND -- Red Sox right-hander Pedro Martinez, who has owned Cleveland the past two years, remained unbeaten by taking a shutout into the eighth Sunday before being ejected for hitting Roberto Alomar in Boston's 2-1 victory.

Martinez (5-0) won his 13th straight decision -- including two in the postseason -- and has won 11 of his past 12 starts. He allowed four hits, walked three, struck out 10 -- including Travis Fryman three times -- and baffled the Indians again.

YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 1:

In New York, Paul O'Neill hit a three-run double, Shane Spencer ripped a two-run homer, Derek Jeter added a two-run double and Scott Brosius went 4-for-4 to back five-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens (2-2), who got his 249th career win to move into 38th place on the all-time victory list.

RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 4:

In Baltimore, Ivan Rodriguez broke out of a slump with two homers and a double as Texas snapped a four-game losing streak by handing the Orioles their first home loss in 10 games and just their second setback at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this season.

ANGELS 5, DEVIL RAYS 2:

In Anaheim, Calif., Kent Bottenfield pitched seven steady innings, and Darin Erstad set a major league record April with his 47th and 48th hits of April, breaking the old mark of 47 by Dante Bichette of the Rockies in 1998, as the Angels beat Tampa Bay.

ROYALS 6, MARINERS 3:

In Kansas City, Joe Randa and Mark Quinn homered, and ex-Braves outfielder Jermaine Dye hit an RBI double to close April with 28 RBI as the Royals beat Seattle.

TIGERS 4, WHITE SOX 3:

In Detroit, Bobby Higginson's RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the Tigers past the White Sox, snapping Chicago's four-game winning streak.

A'S 8, TWINS 2:

In Minneapolis, Tim Hudson (3-2) struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings, Ben Grieve had four hits and rookie Adam Piatt had his first career homer as Oakland beat the Twins.

AROUND THE AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Indians outfielders Jacob Cruz (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) and Kenny Lofton (strained left biceps muscle) were placed on the 60- and 15-day disabled lists, respectively. ... Yankees outfielder Felix Jose was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left groin. ... The Devil Rays placed right-hander Jim Mecir on the 15-day DL with tightness in his right biceps muscle and recalled right-hander Bryan Rekar from Triple-A Durham.