Originally created 05/17/03

Baseball roundup



CLEVELAND - Omar Vizquel's speed and Ellis Burks' clutch hitting gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night and halted Mark Mulder's five-game winning streak.

Vizquel lined a two-out single to center in the eighth inning with the score tied at 2. He stole second on the first pitch to Burks and scored when the Indians' designated hitter lined a single off the glove of diving first baseman Scott Hatteberg.

Billy Traber (1-0) got his first major league win by striking out two in a hitless eighth inning, and Danys Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Indians starter C.C. Sabathia matched Mulder for seven innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out a season-high eight and allowed two runs and four hits - including home runs by Carlos Hernandez and Miguel Tejada.

Burks tied it at 2 with a two-run homer in the sixth.

With two outs, Vizquel beat out a slow roller to third for a single. Burks followed with a high arching shot 409 feet into the left-field bleachers on a 1-1 pitch for his sixth homer.

Mulder (6-2) compiled a 1.07 ERA during his five-game winning streak and was nearly as impressive against Cleveland. The left-hander got 14 outs on groundballs over the first seven innings, but lost for just the second time in his last 14 decisions.

DEVIL RAYS 5, ORIOLES 1

In Baltimore, Aubrey Huff doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs as Tampa Bay handed Baltimore its sixth consecutive loss.

Seth McClung (4-1) pitched 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball for the last-place Devil Rays, who have won two straight and five of seven.

McClung allowed one run, walked six and struck out three in the second-longest outing of his career.

The Orioles again played without manager Mike Hargrove, whose mother died May 12. He is expected to rejoin the team for Saturday's game.

Bench coach Sam Perlozzo went 4-8 in two stints as interim manager in Hargrove's absence.

MARINERS 6, TIGERS 3

In Detroit, Edgar Martinez homered in his third straight game and drove in three runs, leading Gil Meche and Seattle over Detroit.

John Olerud scored twice for the AL West-leading Mariners, who have won nine of 13. The Tigers dropped 21 games below .500 at 9-30.

Meche (5-2) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing three runs on six hits in six-plus innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Arthur Rhodes pitched two scoreless innings, and Kazuhiro Sasaki got three outs for his fifth save in nine chances.

Jeremy Bonderman (2-6) gave up four runs on five hits and a career-high five walks over five-plus innings in his eighth career start. He struck out a career-high seven.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the game with an infield single and stole second and third, but Bonderman struck out Mark McLemore, Bret Boone and Martinez to get out of the jam.