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Hunter beaning motivates Twins

April 26th, 2007 11:39 pm by Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Torii Hunter's beaning gave the struggling Minnesota Twins a little spark.

Mike Redmond's run-scoring single in the 11th inning Thursday gave the Twins a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals that ended their four-game losing streak.

Justin Morneau and Jason Tyner hit back-to-back singles off Todd Wellemeyer (0-1) with one out in the 11th. Redmond, who hurt his left shoulder earlier in the game on Tony Pena Jr.'s backswing, then hit a line drive to right-center field to bring home Morneau.

Juan Rincon (1-0) pitched a scoreless 11th for Minnesota, which also ended a four-game home losing streak and won for just the second time in five games against Kansas City this season.

After watching Hunter get hit in the face by Zack Greinke's 2-2 fastball leading off the second inning, the Twins were fired up. Players were hopeful the victory could provide momentum and help snap their offensive slump.

"Nobody likes that to happen, and as teammates that makes us mad," Redmond said. "Fortunately for us today, we came back and got that win."

Hunter, who thought about charging Greinke before changing his mind, had three stitches to close a cut on the inside of his lip but said he plans on playing Friday night at Detroit.

Greinke hit Jason Bartlett with a pitch later in the second, drawing boos from the crowd.

Greinke said he didn't intend to hit either of the batters.

"You don't want to do that ever," Greinke said about the Hunter beaning. "I just felt bad about it. He's a good guy. Everybody knows that."

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Bartolo Colon struck out 11 and Vladimir Guerrero homered during a five-run first inning for the Angels.

Colon (2-0) allowed four hits in seven innings, including a two-run homer by Carlos Pena in the fourth. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner had plenty of gas left at the end of his second start this season, striking out the side in the seventh and reaching 94 mph with his 103rd and final pitch. His strikeout total was his highest since June 4, 2005, when he fanned 11 in six innings of a 13-6 victory at Boston.

Jae Seo (1-2) lasted 1 1-3 innings for Tampa Bay. He was charged with six runs and seven hits.

BALTIMORE - Wily Mo Pena hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to rally Boston, and Josh Beckett became the majors' first five-game winner.

The Red Sox trailed 2-1 before Pena hit a shot to center off Chris Ray (2-2) that traveled an estimated 430 feet.

Beckett (5-0) allowed two runs and eight hits in eight innings, helping Boston to a two-game sweep. He became the 11th Red Sox pitcher to win his first five starts in a season, joining a list that includes Babe Ruth, Roger Clemens, Lefty Grove and Pedro Martinez.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven tries.

The Orioles have lost four straight.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Jose Lopez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Mariners beat the A's for the fourth time in five meetings this season.

Richie Sexson hit an RBI double in the seventh that snapped an 0-for-20 streak, giving Seattle an unearned insurance run. The Mariners went 2-17 against Oakland last season.

Lopez, the Mariners' No. 9 hitter, connected against Kiko Calero (0-2) to put Seattle ahead 3-2. The Mariners won their third straight following a six-game skid.

Miguel Batista (2-2) went 5 1-3 innings for Seattle, allowing two runs and five hits. J.J. Putz recorded the final five outs for his second save.

NEW YORK - Phil Hughes received a rough welcome to the big leagues as last-place New York lost its sixth straight.

Missing injured Derek Jeter, the Yankees (8-12) are on their longest skid since also dropping six in a row from May 28 to June 3, 2005. They managed only four singles and are percentage points behind fourth-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Hughes, in the big leagues because of a rash of injuries to the pitching staff, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings in his debut. He struck out five and walked one.

Toronto's A.J. Burnett (2-1) allowed four hits, walked four and struck out five in seven innings.

PITTSBURGH - Jason Bay's two-run single in the sixth inning off Wandy Rodriguez gave the Pirates their second three-game sweep of Houston this season.

Barely 12 hours after the Astros left 18 runners on base during a 4-3, 16-inning loss to the Pirates, they stranded 13 and played sloppily in the field with two errors during Pittsburgh's go-ahead sixth inning against Rodriguez (0-3).

ST. LOUIS - Skip Schumaker had a career-best three hits and two RBIs to help the Cardinals rally.

Adam Kennedy's second double of the game snapped a sixth-inning tie for the Cardinals, who won consecutive home games for the first time this season. St. Louis is 3-7 overall at Busch Stadium.

Kyle Lohse (1-1) allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings for Cincinnati, which is 3-7 in its last 10. Brandon Phillips and David Ross homered.

PHILADELPHIA - Shawn Hill gave up two runs and four hits in eight-plus innings and Washington snapped Philadelphia's five-game winning streak.

Dmitri Young homered for the Nationals and Chad Cordero got three outs for his second save in four chances.

Hill (2-2) hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his five starts this season.

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