Joe Kennedy took advantage of the worst offense in the majors.
Kennedy pitched the first one-hitter in the six-year history of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, beating the punchless Tigers, 2-0, Friday night at Detroit.
“It’s still a major league baseball team,” Kennedy said. “It doesn’t matter who you are facing, you’ve just got to go out and pitch your ballgame no matter if it is Detroit, the Expos, the Giants or the Yankees.”
The hapless Tigers dropped to 3-24 with their fifth straight loss. They have been shut out a major league-leading seven times and have scored only 61 runs in 27 games.
Six teams -- the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs -- have more runs this season than Detroit has hits (159).
Kennedy gave up only a first-inning single to Andres Torres, walked one and struck out six.
New York 5, Oakland 3 -- Slumping Hideki Matsui slapped a key hit-and-run single and an RBI double and made two nice catches in left field to lead the Yankees at New York.
David Wells pitched the Yankees to their third win in a row and 12th in 15 games. Manager Joe Torre moved into a tie for 14th place on the career victory list with Fred Clarke at 1,602.
Seattle 9, Chicago 2 -- Mike Cameron, playing on the first anniversary of his four-homer game in Chicago, went three for three with a home run and three runs scored at Chicago.
Edgar Martinez got two hits to reach 2,000.
Minnesota 11, Boston 7 -- Matthew LeCroy homered twice for the Twins and Dustan Mohr homered with a career-high four RBIs at Boston.
Cleveland 6, Texas 5 -- Ellis Burks hit a two-run double in the eighth inning at Cleveland as the Indians ended an eight-game losing streak.
Kansas City 5, Baltimore 2 -- Miguel Asencio pitched his first complete game in the major leagues and Mike Sweeney and Ken Harvey homered at Baltimore as the Royals ended a four-game losing streak.