Soriano homers twice to lead Yankees over Tampa Bay 7-2


Alfonso Soriano homered twice as Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 7-2 Wednesday, extending the Devil Rays’ losing streak to 13 games — longest in the majors in more than five years.

Clemens (5-2) earned his 285th career victory, moving ahead of Ferguson Jenkins and into a tie for 24th place on the all-time list with Tony Mullane.

Tampa Bay’s losing streak is the longest in the major leagues since the Chicago Cubs dropped 14 in succession from April 1-20, 1997. It’s the longest skid in the American League since the Milwaukee Brewers — no longer in the AL — dropped 14 straight in 1994.

Twins 3, Royals 1 In Minneapolis, Brad Radke pitched a five-hitter to beat Kansas City for Minnesota’s first complete game of the season.

Radke (4-2) held Kansas City hitless before Neifi Perez’s bloop single with one out in the fifth inning. He was one out from his seventh career shutout before Mike Sweeney doubled and Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single.

Indians 6, Orioles 2 In Baltimore, Russell Branyan homered for the third consecutive game and Jim Thome hit a three-run shot as Cleveland beat Baltimore.

Danys Baez (4-3) pitched seven innings of six-hit ball for the Indians, who lost five straight series before taking two of three against the Orioles.

White Sox 5, Rangers 3 In Arlington, Texas, Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings to become the AL’s first six-game winner this of 2002, and Kenny Lofton hit a two-run double off Doug Davis (3-3) as Chicago beat Texas.

Buehrle (6-2) allowed one run and four hits before rain interrupted play in the top of the eighth for 61 minutes.

Texas’ Herbert Perry hit a two-run homer off Keith Foulke in the ninth. Angels 3, Tigers 2 In Anaheim, California, Troy Glaus led off the ninth inning with a home run as Anaheim beat Detroit for its 10th victory in 12 games.

Glaus greeted Fernando Rodney (0-2) with a drive to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch for his sixth homer. It was his first homer at Edison Field in 82 at-bats since last Sept. 29.

Troy Percival (1-1) earned the victory, striking out the side in the top of the ninth. Garret Anderson hit his fifth homer for the Angels.

Red Sox 12, Athletics 6 In Oakland, California, the streaking Boston won its season-high eighth straight game while a streaker of another sort briefly delayed its victory over Oakland.

A completely naked man ran onto the field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The fan streaked from the third-base seats to right field, where he was apprehended by a half-dozen security officers as players on both teams laughed.

Jason Varitek homered off Eric Hiljus (3-2) and drove in five runs, and Nomar Garciaparra drove in four runs as the Red Sox improved to 16-2 on the road, the best such start in the majors since the Detroit Tigers began 17-0 in 1984.

Jeremy Giambi and Miguel Tejada homered for the A’s, who have lost six of their past eight games.

Mariners 5, Blue Jays 4, 10 innings In Seattle, Japanese slugger Ichiro Suzuki scored on John Olerud’s grounder in the 10th inning to give Seattle a win over Toronto.

With Suzuki on third and Bret Boone at second, Olerud hit a groundball to pulled in second baseman Joe Lawrence, who tried to throw out the speedy Suzuki at the plate. But Suzuki slid and beat catcher Tom Wilson’s tag on a close play.