Eric Milton allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, baffling his former team for the second time this week, as the Twins beat the New York Yankees, 6-1, last night in Minneapolis to snap a five-game losing streak.
Milton (5-10), traded from New York to Minnesota on Feb. 6, 1998 for Chuck Knoblauch, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one. On Monday, the former University of Maryland player allowed one earned run and three hits in eight innings, but lost at New York, 2-0.
"It's really nothing special. I was only in the minor leagues there," Milton said. "They wanted Knoblauch. They got him and they won the World Series.
"Baseball's a business," he said. "It's always been a business. I'm happy to get my opportunity here."
Jacque Jones had two doubles and two RBI for Minnesota and Cristian Guzman hit a key RBI bunt single.
Roger Clemens (11-6), who defeated Milton and the Twins five days ago, allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings as New York lost for the third time in four games.
New York's only run came in the eighth inning on Derek Jeter's run-scoring single that chased Milton. Jeter went 2 for 4 and tied his career-high of 84 RBI, which he set last season.
RANGERS 9, RED SOX 2: Rafael Palmeiro and Rusty Greer each homered twice to lead surging Texas past visiting Boston. The Rangers have won six of seven to move 24 games over .500, the first time they've done that since a club-record 26 above .500 at the end of 1977 (94-68). Palmeiro has six homers in his last six games, 11 in August and 350 for his career, passing Albert Belle for 54th on the career list.
INDIANS 6, MARINERS 0: Dave Burba pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and Cleveland scored two unearned runs on first baseman Ryan Jackson's error in the fourth inning to beat host Seattle. Burba (10-7) allowed five singles, including a pair to David Bell, and walked three.
DEVIL RAYS 8, ROYALS 2: Dave Eiland won consecutive starts for the first time in nine years and Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer as host Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.
Eiland (4-7) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander, who also won back-to-back starts in September 1990 for the New York Yankees, limited the Royals to just two singles through five innings.
TIGERS 5, ANGELS 0: Rookie Jeff Weaver pitched seven shutout innings for his first win since May 27 as Detroit beat host Anaheim. Weaver (7-9) gave up three hits, walked two and struck out a career-high seven. He had gone 13 starts since his last victory, including seven no-decisions.
Weaver limited the Angels to three singles, by Gary DiSarcina in the third, Mo Vaughn in the sixth and Orlando Palmeiro in the seventh.
ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 4: John Jaha hit a three-run homer and Omar Olivares recovered from a shaky start to get his third win since coming to Oakland as the Athletics rallied past visiting Toronto.