You don't see this too often: the Mariners' Alex Rodriguez striking out three times against one pitcher. That shows the kind of stuff Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez was throwing yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
"When you see a pitcher striking out hitters with fastballs down, that's pretty impressive," New York Manager Joe Torre said after the 2-1 win over Seattle.
Hernandez matched his career-high with 13 strikeouts in eight innings, and Scott Brosius hit a game-winning single off the glove of second baseman David Bell with two outs in the ninth inning.
Rodriguez, who hadn't fanned three times against one pitcher in a game this year, struck out in the second, fourth and sixth innings. He grounded into a double play in the ninth against Mariano Rivera (3-3), who completed the four-hitter.
Hernandez, who allowed just three hits, also fanned Russ Davis three times.
* INDIANS 3, DEVIL RAYS 0: Charles Nagy shut out Tampa Bay on four hits through eight innings, and Harold Baines had an RBI single as Cleveland beat visiting Tampa Bay.
Nagy (14-9) walked three and struck out six. Bobby Witt (7-11) lost his 11th straight decision against Cleveland, a streak dating from 1991.
* RANGERS 9, BLUE JAYS 7: Juan Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off David Wells as Texas sent Toronto to its eighth straight home loss. Rafael Palmeiro drove in two runs and tied Gonzalez's team record of 38 RBI in a month.
* RED SOX 7, ANGELS 6: Jose Offerman hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning as host Boston continued its mastery of Anaheim, raising its season record against the Angels to 8-1.
* ATHLETICS 7, WHITE SOX 5: Gil Heredia won his eighth straight decision and Miguel Tejada homered, tripled and doubled as Oakland beat host Chicago to keep pace with Boston for the AL wild-card lead.
* TWINS 4, ROYALS 3: Ron Coomer's RBI single in the 10th inning scored Matt Lawton from first base, giving host Minnesota the win. Coomer singled to center on a hit-and-run and Lawton easily beat center fielder Carlos Beltran's throw to the plate.