Yanks, Hernandez ice Rangers, 5-1

Devil Rays stop slide, win first game at home

April 14, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Orlando Hernandez shut down Texas on three singles for eight innings, and Jorge Posada hit a tie-breaking triple with the bases loaded, leading the New York Yankees past the Texas Rangers, 5-1, last night.

The Yankees, who have won nine straight playoff games against Texas on their way to three World Series titles since 1996, completed a two-game sweep.

The temperature was 44 degrees at the start, and players on both teams spent the evening blowing on their hands to keep them warm.

"The cold bothered me a lot," Hernandez (2-0) said through an interpreter. "I think it was colder than the World Series."

Devil Rays 6, White Sox 5: Greg Vaughn delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the 12th, providing the perfect ending for an awful homestand for Tampa Bay.

Outscored 57-20 during five straight embarrassing losses at Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays came from behind to beat Chicago.

The Tampa Bay bullpen did its part, limiting the White Sox to no runs and three hits over the last seven innings. Jim Mecir (2-0), the fifth Devil Rays pitcher, got the win.

Red Sox 4, Twins 3: Wilton Veras drew a bases-loaded walk to break an eighth-inning tie as host Boston rallied to beat Minnesota.

Tigers 2, Mariners 0: An RBI double by Juan Gonzalez, making his first home start for Detroit, broke up a scoreless tie in the eighth inning as the Tigers held off Seattle.

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