Castilla, Rockies rally past Philadelphia

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 18, 2004

DENVER (AP) - Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Monday.

Down 6-0 after three innings, the Rockies scored five times in the seventh with homers by Matt Holliday and Charles Johnson.

Then in the ninth, Todd Helton drew a leadoff walk on four pitches from Tim Worrell (0-1). Castilla followed with his 10th homer, a drive that barely cleared the left-field wall.

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Castilla finished with three hits and three RBIs. Brian Fuentes (1-0) got the win.

Mike Lieberthal and Chase Utley each drove in three runs for the Phillies. The Rockies beat Philadelphia by the same 7-6 score Sunday.

Twins 9, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO (AP) - Jacque Jones hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Monday night.

Lew Ford and Torii Hunter also homered for the Twins, who have won six of seven.

After Hunter led off the ninth with a double, Jones hit a 1-1 pitch off Micheal Nakamura (0-2). Jones' seventh homer gave the Twins a 7-5 lead.

Juan Rincon (6-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Aaron Fultz came on to record the final out for his first save of the season. Frank Menechino went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of seven.

Indians 7, White Sox 2

CLEVELAND (AP) - Victor Martinez had three more RBIs, and Cliff Lee stayed unbeaten as Cleveland won its fifth straight with a rain-delayed victory over Chicago.

Martinez, whose AL-high 10 RBIs in his five previous games, made him a co-winner of the league's player of the week award, hit an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run single in the second off Felix Diaz (0-1).

In 13 starts since Martinez was moved into the cleanup spot, the switch-hitting catcher is batting .333 (18-for-54) with 21 RBIs.

Lee (5-0) gave up one run and two hits in the first and nothing else to the White Sox, who made three errors. He is the first Cleveland starter to go 5-0 since Dennis Martinez went 9-0 in 1995.

Travis Hafner and Matt Lawton added two RBIs apiece for the Indians. Chicago has dropped seven of 10.