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Suppan, Royals Beat Red Sox


Maybe Boston gave up on Jeff Suppan too soon.

Left unprotected by Boston in the 1997 expansion draft, Suppan pitched a four-hitter Monday night for his second consecutive complete game, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Red Sox 5-2.

Suppan (7-6), taken by Arizona after the Red Sox didn't protect him, was coming off the second complete game of his career, a 7-0 win over Anaheim that was his first career shutout.

So does it give him satisfaction to beat the club that gave up on him?

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  • "I thought that would be the first question," he said. "They gave me a chance to play, brought me up to the majors when I was just 20 years old. I just wanted to come out after my last outing and give a strong performance and build on that consistency."

    Suppan is 1-1 against the Red Sox after losing to them in his first appearance this season.

    As far as four-hitters go, this was a noisy one. Trot Nixon and Troy O'Leary hit home runs and Reggie Jefferson and Brian Daubach each tripled. Suppan walked three and struck out three as the Royals stopped a four-game losing skid and Boston's three-game winning streak.

    "The kid's fought back through some adversity," Boston manager Jimy Williams saud. "You tip your cap to their pitching coach and him and his work ethic. He stayed after it. He pitched good."

    Jermaine Dye homered twice, and Johnny Damon had a single, double and triple. Mike Sweeney singled leading off the eighth to stretch his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

    Dye hit a solo homer in the third off Mark Portugal (7-9) that made it 4-1, then connected against Portugal again in the sixth for his third two-homer game, all this season. Dye has 22 homers and 92 RBIs.

    "My first one was a fastball up and away. My second one was a curveball," Dye said. "Today I just wanted to come out and try to be relaxed and use my hands a little bit more."

    Boston, which dropped one game behind Toronto in the AL wild-card race, fell behind 2-0 in the first.

    "I thought I made some pretty good pitches in the first inning but they hit them," Portugal said. "Once again I put the team down in the early innings."

    Portugal allowed all five runs four earned and seven hits in six innings.

    After Damon's leadoff double in the first, Carlos Febles walked and Carlos Beltran hit a grounder to first baseman Brian Daubach, whose throw to second skipped by for an error that loaded the bases.

    Damon scored on a fielder's choice by Sweeney, and Dye made it 2-0 with an RBI single. Damon added an RBI triple in the second.

    Nixon homered in the third, and the homers by Dye made it 4-1. O'Leary connected in the seventh, matching his career high of 23 homers.

    Notes

  • Febles was back after missing two games because of a bruised shoulder sustained when he was hit by a pitch Friday.
  • Royals SS Rey Sanchez was given the night off because of a tight hamstring.
  • Damon stretched his club record of consecutive games played to 272, two behind B.J. Surhoff for longest current streak in the majors.
  • The Red Sox avoided an even bigger inning in the first when they doubled up Sweeney off second. Joe Randa flied to center and Darren Lewis made a strong throw to the bag for the third out after Sweeney strayed too far.
  • Portugal was 2-0 against the Royals but had not faced them since Sept. 4, 1988, with Minnesota.
  • Both of Dye's other two-homer games came last month in Cleveland, on July 2 and 4.
  • Boston's Nomar Garciaparra was 0-for-3, dropping his AL-leading batting average from .362 to .359.
  • After the game, the Royals activated right-handers Jeff Montgomery and Terry Mathews off the disabled list and optioned right-hander Ken Ray to Triple-A Omaha and outrighted right-hander Brian Barber to Omaha.

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