At Vero Beach, Fla., Karl Rhodes drove in three runs Sunday and Ramon Martinez was hit hard again as the the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5.
Houston had 17 hits, including a triple and seven doubles, as the Astros improved their exhibition record to 7-1. Most are picking Houston to finish last in the NL West this season. The Dodgers, who had most of their top players in Mexico for a two-game exhibition series, dropped to 2-8.Rhodes and Mark Davidson contributed a pair of hits to the Astros' attack, while Eric Yelding and Ken Caminiti scored two runs each.
Right-hander Jimmy Jones picked up the victory as he pitched three scoreless innings in relief of starter Jim Deshaies, allowing only one hit and striking out two.
Kal Daniels had three hits for the Dodgers, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs.
Martinez gave up five runs in four innings. Reliever Tim Crews, who had been sidelined with a sprained right elbow, gave up a run in two innings in his first spring appearance.
Yankees 7, White Sox 6
At Sarasota, Fla., Steve Balboni hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the New York Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit Sunday and beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 for their fifth victory in six games.
Chicago, which fell behind 6-5 after giving up three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh, tied the game in the ninth on Frank Thomas' home run off Rich Monteleone.
In the 11th, Pat Kelly reached on a one-out walk and took third on Mel Hall's single off Grady Hall. Kevin Maas was walked intentionally and Balboni lofted a fly to center for the winning run.
Chicago took a 5-0 lead in the fifth off Steve Farr, a free agent who signed with the Yankees for $6.3 million over three years. Dan Pasqua, Cory Snyder and Ron Karkovice hit RBI singles, Robin Ventura walked with the bases loaded and Frank Thomas hit a run-scoring groundout.
New York scored three runs in the sixth on Steve Balboni's sacrifice fly, Jesse Barfield's RBI single and Matt Nokes' run-scoring groundout. The Yankees went ahead 6-5 in the seventh off Roberto Hernandez on Karkovice's throwing error on a sacrifice bunt in front of ther plate, Maas' RBI single and Nokes' second run-scoring groundout.
Jack McDowell, the White Sox' No. 1 starter, pitched five shutout innings, allowing four hits, striking out five and walking two.
Tigers 3, Rangers 1
At Lakeland, Fla., Frank Tanana pitched a two-hit shutout for five innings and Tony Phillips had two hits, including a run-scoring double, Sunday to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Texas Rangers.
Tanana, who hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings during exhibition play, picked up his second victory of the spring. Paul Gibson pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Mike Henneman pitched the ninth and picked up the save, but gave up the Rangers' only run on John Russell's second double of the game.
The Tigers scored twice off reliever Craig McMurtry in the third. Phillips doubled in the first run and he scored on Alan Trammell's sacrifice fly.Detroit added an unearned run in the fifth.
The victory ended the Tigers' six-game losing streak and improved their spring record to 3-7.
Athletics 2, Giants 1
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Willie Wilson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Sunday as the Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-1.
The Athletics have beaten the Giants in 18 of the last 20 games played between the two Bay Area rivals, including a four-game sweep in the 1989 World Series.
The A's trailed 1-0 going into the ninth before scoring two unearned runs off reliever Jeff Brantley (0-1).
With one out, Walt Weiss singled, and went to third on a double down the right-field line by Earnest Riles. Weiss scored when shortstop Mike Benjamin mishandled Doug Jennings' check-swing grounder.
Wilson then lofted an opposite-field fly ball to left caught by Mike Kingery, whose throw to the plate was too late to catch Riles.
Kirk Dressendorfer (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory.
Oakland starter Dave Stewart, making his second start of the spring, gave up one run and five hits. In his first spring start last Wednesday, Stewart gave up five runs in 3 1-3 innings.
Giants starter Bud Black pitched five innings and held Oakland to three hits, a pair of singles and Vance Law's fourth-inning triple, in his third start and fourth appearance this spring. Black had a 6.75 ERA coming into the game.
Trevor Wilson pitched two hitless innings, and has yet to give up a hit in six innings this spring.
Twins 6, Rangers 4
At Port Charlotte, Fla., Jarvis Brown's seventh-inning sacrifice fly off Jeff Russell gave Minnesota a five-run lead and proved to be the game winner as the Twins beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Sunday.
The Twins built a 2-0 lead off starter Kenny Rogers and made it 4-0 in the sixth inning with two runs off Russell.
Minnesota winner David West pitched four hitless innings, striking out two and walking four.
Juan Gonzalez had a triple, a single and an RBI for the Rangers.
Reds 4, Red Sox 0
At Winter Haven, Fla., Norm Charlton and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Red Sox and Roger Clemens 4-0 on Sunday.
Billy Hatcher had two doubles and a single, and Herm Winningham homered for the Reds.
Charlton gave up one hit in four innings, Gino Minutelli gave up three in two innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, Jim Layana pitched a perfect seventh and Rob Dibble completed the shutout.
In his third start after a 72-minute rain delay, Clemens blanked the Reds on four singles in four innings before giving up a pair of runs on a single by Winningham, an RBI double by Hatcher and Hal Morris' bloop single over shortstop in the fifth. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter while throwing 57 pitches, including 39 strikes, in five innings.
Clemens, who is awaiting an appeal of a five-game suspension and a $10,000 fine for a confrontation with umpire Terry Cooney in Game 4 of the AL playoffs last October, was approached as he warmed up by AL umpires Mark Johnson and Joe Brinkman.
Wearing a black glove, Clemens was asked to put black tape over a white label on the glove. He went to the dugout where manager Joe Morgan took a black marking pen and inked out the white.
Rookie Chuck Taylor replaced Clemens at the start of the sixth and allowed one hit in two innings.