Dennis Martinez pitched a two-hitter and Carlos Baerga homered twice as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-0 Saturday for a split of their day-night doubleheader.
John Valentin had a career-high five hits and drove in five runs as the Red Sox won the first game 8-4.Martinez (11-6), who has won 10 of his last 12 decisions, allowed only a leadoff single to Otis Nixon in the first and a two-out single by Tim Naehring in the second. After Naehring's hit, he retired 19 straight batters before walking Wes Chamberlain to open the ninth.
Martinez struck out six - fanning the side in the second and sixth innings - and walked one in his third shutout and seventh complete game.
Baerga hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run shot in the third off Chris Nabholz (3-5), who was traded from the Indians to the Red Sox on July 1.
Cleveland's top run producer, Albert Belle, served the fifth and sixth games of his six-day, seven-game suspension Saturday for having a corked bat. The Indians are 4-2 while Belle has been out.
In the day game, Valentin had a two-run double in the first, a run-scoring double in the second, singles in the fourth and sixth innings and a bases-loaded single for two more RBIs in the seventh.
Mariners 11, Royals 2
Kansas City's 14-game winning streak came to a crashing end when Reggie Jefferson drove in four runs and Edgar Martinez hit a three-run homer for the Mariners.
The Royals' first loss since June 22 ended baseball's longest winning streak since Minnesota won 15 straight in 1991. Kansas City began its run trailing by 91/2 games in the AL Central but sweeps of Chicago, Minnesota and Oakland has helped the Royals move back into the playoff race.
Jefferson hit three doubles for the Mariners, who were playing their 15th game on the road since the Kingdome was closed for structural repairs.
The Mariners handed rookie Tim Davis (2-2) a 9-0 lead after four innings.
Mark Gubicza (7-9) got ripped for 11 hits and seven runs in just three innings.
Orioles 5, Brewers 0
Arthur Rhodes pitched his second straight shutout, a five-hitter, as the Orioles continued their recent run of shutouts.
Rhodes (3-5), who pitched his second career shutout Monday just one day after being called up from Triple-A Rochester, struck out three and walked five in his third complete game.
The Orioles, who had not recorded a shutout this season before Rhodes outing on Aug. 1 - a seven-hitter against Minnesota - have four shutouts in their past six games.
Mark McLemore went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who shut out the Brewers for the second straight game.
Jaime Navarro (4-9), pressed into service when starter Bill Wegman went home to Cincinnati because of a family illness, was the loser.
Twins 10, Yankees 4
Kirby Puckett reached 100 RBIs faster than any Minnesota player ever as the Twins stopped the Yankees' eight-game winning streak.
Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Shane Mack and Pedro Munoz homered for the Twins. Paul O'Neill connected for the Yankees, who had won 10 in a row on the road.
Puckett drove in three runs, giving him 101 RBIs. He reached 100 RBIs for the third time in his career, and did it this year in his 104th game; Harmon Killebrew accomplished the feat in 106 games in 1969, the previous fastest in team history.
Puckett had a solo homer, his 18th, and a two-run double in support of Pat Mahomes (9-5).
Melido Perez matched a career high by allowing eight earned runs.
Paul O'Neill had three hits for the Yankees, who lost for just the fourth time in 23 games since the All-Star break.
Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2
Cecil Fielder and Tony Phillips homered for the Tigers.
Mike Moore (11-10) gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out one and walked three to help the Tigers end a three-game losing streak.
Joe Boever pitched 12/3 innings for his third save of the season.
Pat Hentgen (13-8) gave up just four hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking three.