Yankees pound six homers in 18-6 rout over Blue Jays
New York had nine runs and 10 hits in the ninth inning alone.
TORONTO -- With the New York Yankees' starting rotation struggling, the team's offense matched its biggest performance of the season.
Tony Clark homered three times, Ruben Sierra hit his 300th career homer, and Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez also connected to lead the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 18-6 Sunday.
New York, which overcame a 4-0 deficit for the second time in the series, had nine runs and 10 hits in the ninth inning. But Sheffield hobbled off the field, appearing to hurt his left leg while landing on third base.
Mariano Rivera, who had entered in the eighth with the score 9-6, finished with what must rank as among the biggest leads of his career, getting his 45th save in 48 chances.
Kevin Brown (10-3) became the first Yankee starter to win in 14 games since Jon Lieber beat Seattle on Aug. 13. Brown won for the first time in four starts since Aug. 5, allowing four runs, six hits and four walks in seven innings.
New York, which has rallied from a four-run deficits in eight victories this year, entered 51/2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. The Yankees have won 10 of 12 this year against Toronto, which has lost five straight and 18 of 24.
Former Yankees Ted Lilly couldn't hold the early lead, allowing seven runs, five hits and four walks in 51/3 innings.
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LOB--New York 7, Toronto 8. 2B--Sheffield 2 (24), ARodriguez (17), Posada (29), Johnson (24), Zaun (22). HR--Sheffield (33), ARodriguez (31), Sierra (15), TClark 3 (15). SB--OHudson (6). CS--BWilliams (4). SF--CDelgado, Zaun.
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Maurer pitched to 4 batters in the 9th. HBP--by Lilly (ARodriguez). WP--KBrown. Umpires--Home, Larry Vanover; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Randy Marsh.
Twins 7, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Johan Santana won his eighth straight decision, Jacque Jones and Augie Ojeda homered and the Minnesota Twins ended the Anaheim Angels' nine-game winning streak.
Santana (15-6) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings and struck out six, raising his league-leading total to 213. He is 8-0 with a 1.68 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break and has won 13 of his last 15 decisions.
Santana already has one more victory than any Twins pitcher had last season and is trying to become the first Minnesota left-hander to win more than 15 games since John Smiley went 16-9 in 1992. Santana has allowed two runs or fewer is his last seven starts, lowering his ERA to 3.06.
Bartolo Colon (13-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.
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E--JMolina (3). DP--Minnesota 1, Anaheim 1. LOB--Minnesota 5, Anaheim 4. 2B--THunter (32), HBlanco (14). HR--JJones (22), Ojeda (1). CS--AKennedy (4). SF--CGuzman.
WP--Gregg. Umpires--Home, Rob Drake; First, Brian O'Nora; Second, Larry Poncino; Third, Phil Cuzzi. T--2:44. A--42,778.
Mariners 9, Royals 7
SEATTLE -- Bucky Jacobsen drove in three runs with a home run and a double to lead Seattle.
In the first doubleheader at Safeco Field, which opened in 1999, Seattle overcame a 4-0 deficit for the second straight game, chasing Royals starter Darrell May (9-15) with a three-run fifth capped by Jacobsen's two-run double off the right-field wall.
Joe Randa's two-run homer off Clint Nageotte put the Royals ahead in the first, and Angel Berroa hit a two-run single in the second, the first RBIs for the AL Rookie of the Year since he was recalled from Double-A Wichita on Aug 3.
But Seattle scored twice in the third on Jose Lopez's run-scoring double and Ichiro Suzuki's RBI grounder, then got a solo homer by Jacobsen in the fourth.
Edgar Martinez tied the score with a run-scoring infield single in the fifth ahead of Jacobsen's double.
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E--Guiel (2), Berroa (23), Lopez (6). DP--Kansas City 1, Seattle 1. LOB--Kansas City 8, Seattle 8. 2B--Randa (22), Stairs (14), Winn (30), Jacobsen (7), BBoone (23), Lopez (3). HR--Relaford (5), Randa (5), Jacobsen (9). SB--Winn (18). CS--Berroa (7), BBoone (4), Bocachica (3). S--Buck, Bloomquist.
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WP--Sherrill. Balk--Camp. Umpires--Home, Mike DiMuro; First, Mike Jost; Second, Derryl Cousins; Third, Paul Emmel.T--3:05.
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