Byrnes hits for the cycle to lead A#039;s win

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2003

This was the kind of day Eric Byrnes dreamed about as a kid - getting clutch hits and big cheers in San Francisco.

The only difference was the uniform he wore.

Byrnes hit for the cycle - completing it with a ninth-inning triple - and the Oakland Athletics beat the Giants 5-2 Sunday in the finale of the Bay Bridge Series.

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Byrnes, who grew up in the Bay area as a Giants fan, matched the A's franchise record with five hits. His parents were in attendance, as were more friends than he could count.

''Half of them are still Giants fans - punks,'' Byrnes said. ''Half of them were leading the cheer last night: 'What's the matter with Byrnes? He's a bum!' I guess this is one way to shut them up.''

Byrnes singled in the first, doubled in the second and seventh, homered in the fifth - and got a standup triple when rookie Carlos Valderrama fell down while misplaying his sinking liner to center.

''It's hard to describe the feelings that went through my body,'' Byrnes said.

Mark Mulder became the majors' fourth 11-game winner as the A's evened the season series at three games apiece. Mulder (11-5) allowed six hits and one run over seven sharp innings, and Keith Foulke got his 21st save in 24 chances.

Byrnes became the 260th major league player to hit for the cycle - and the 16th in franchise history. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games while becoming the first player to hit for the cycle at Pacific Bell Park, and the first to do it for Oakland since Miguel Tejada on Sept. 29, 2001, against Seattle.

With his five hits, Byrnes improved his batting average to .336 - fifth in the AL.

Giants rookie Jesse Foppert (4-7) struggled for the fourth time in his last five starts.

Yankees 5, Mets 3

At New York, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada homered in the third, leading Jeff Weaver and the Yankees over the Mets for a season sweep of the Subway Series.

The Yankees, 6-0 against their city rival, have won seven straight to reach the halfway mark at 51-30.

Mets manager Art Howe was ejected for the first time this season as his team lost its fifth straight and ninth in 10 games.

Upset after being tagged for a three-run homer by Jeromy Burnitz in the first inning, Weaver (4-6) regained his composure and at one point retired 14 batters in a row.

Al Leiter (8-5) gave up three homers in an inning for the first time in his career.

Cubs 5, White Sox 2

At Chicago, Kerry Wood gave up two runs on four hits in eight innings, helping the visiting Cubs snap a four-game losing streak.

Wood (8-5) won for the fourth time in five starts after going the entire month of May without a victory. The right-hander struck out seven to increase his major league-leading total to 143.

Moises Alou and Jose Hernandez homered for the Cubs.

Expos 10, Blue Jays 2

At Toronto, Tomo Ohka pitched a two-hitter and Ron Calloway drove in four runs for Montreal.

Ohka (7-7) didn't allow a hit until Carlos Delgado's RBI double with two outs in the seventh. Mike Bordick hit an RBI single in the eighth for Toronto's only other hit.

Angels 3, Dodgers 1

At Anaheim, Calif., Aaron Sele (4-6) scattered four hits over five shutout innings and Darin Erstad hit a two-run single as Anaheim swept the Freeway Series.

The Dodgers lost for the sixth time in seven games. They scored just two runs in the three losses at Anaheim.

Diamondbacks 5,

Tigers 3, 10 innings

At Detroit, Robby Hammock's two-run homer in the 10th lifted Arizona its franchise-record 11th straight win.

Hammock also had an RBI single and Steve Finley homered for the Diamondbacks, who sent Detroit to its ninth straight loss and 21st in 23 games. The Tigers (18-61) are the first team in baseball history to lose 60 games before July 1.

Braves 2, Devil Rays 0

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Russ Ortiz (10-4) pitched three-hit ball into the eighth and Andruw Jones broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth, leading Atlanta over Tampa Bay.

John Smoltz got four outs to finish the three-hitter and earn his 29th save. The Devil Rays finished 5-21 in June.

Phillies 4, Orioles 3

At Baltimore, Jose Mesa became Philadelphia's career saves leader, cementing a victory over Baltimore to cap a sweep.

Mesa got three outs for his 17th save of the season and 104th with Philadelphia since joining the team in November 2000. He broke the mark held by Steve Bedrosian.

Jim Thome hit his second homer in two games to help the Phillies to their fifth straight win. Kevin Millwood (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings.

Cardinals 13, Royals 6

At Kansas City, Mo., Albert Pujols hit two solo homers and drove in three runs for St. Louis.

Pujols went 4-for-6, raising his major league-leading average to .391. Both of his home runs came off Chris George (9-5).

Jim Edmonds also drove in three runs for the Cardinals.

Rangers 8, Astros 5

At Houston, Rafael Palmeiro hit his 509th home run, and Alex Rodriguez had a tiebreaking, two-run triple for Texas.

Palmeiro's leadoff homer in the seventh tied it at 3, tying him with Sammy Sosa for 17th on the career list.

Red Sox 11, Marlins 7

At Boston, Gabe Kapler had two homers and four RBIs, and Todd Walker also hit two home runs as Boston beat Florida.

Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek added solo shots for the Red Sox, who finished their homestand 6-1. Derek Lowe (9-3) matched a career high by winning his sixth straight decision.

Twins 5, Brewers 4,

10 innings

At Minneapolis, Luis Rivas scored from second base on Cristian Guzman's infield single with two outs in the 10th, giving Minnesota a come-from-behind victory.

Padres 8, Mariners 6

At Seattle, Rondell White tied it with a one-out grand slam and pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth as San Diego rallied to win.

Mark Loretta hit four singles for the Padres, who won two of three against the Mariners for the second time in two weeks. White hit a game-winning grand slam off Seattle's Jeff Nelson on June 20.

Pirates 9, Rockies 0

At Pittsburgh, Matt Stairs homered and had four RBIs and Jeff Suppan (6-7) pitched the Pirates' first complete-game shutout of the season.