Bernie's two-run blast helps Yanks top Texas
Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 34th home run.
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's first blown save in more than four months to beat the fading Texas Rangers 7-5 Saturday.
Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield each homered and drove in two runs for the Yankees (63-52), who won their third straight and moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this season. Rodriguez's AL-leading 34th homer was a mammoth shot to left, and it came one pitch after Sheffield's drive in the third inning.
Kevin Mench had four hits, including a two-run homer off Mike Mussina in the eighth and a tying, two-run single in the ninth for the Rangers, who have dropped a season-high six straight.
Tino Martinez, who replaced Jason Giambi at first base for defense, led off the 11th with a single off Kameron Loe (5-4). Williams hit the next pitch over the right-center fence for his ninth homer of the season.
Aaron Small (4-0) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win -- helped by Rodriguez's run-saving, diving stop of Sandy Alomar's shot down the third-base line to end the inning. One night after starter Shawn Chacon pitched in relief, Small did the same for the Yankees -- though he is expected to move to the bullpen next week when Jaret Wright returns from the disabled list.
Rare blown save
Rivera squandered a save opportunity for the first time since blowing his first two chances of the season against Boston on April 5 and 6. He had converted a career-best 31 in a row.
After a night off Friday when the Yankees used Tanyon Sturtze to close, Rivera returned Saturday with a two-run lead but allowed one-out hits by Hank Blalock and Alfonso Soriano. After hitting Phil Nevin with a pitch, Rivera got a force play at the plate on Gary Matthews Jr.'s dribbler, but Mench singled to left to tie it at 5.
The Rangers' rally spoiled a superb start by Mussina, who pitched into the eighth in sweltering heat. He allowed three runs and six hits before departing to a big ovation after Mench's two-run homer with one out. He struck out eight and walked none.
Soriano also homered for the Rangers, on their longest skid since an eight-game losing streak from June 15-23, 2003.
Juan Dominguez, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed five runs and nine hits in his first start of the season. He had a career-high 10 strikeouts
Sheffield struck out in the first inning and looked bad while swinging through the first two pitches of his second at-bat. But he hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for his 24th homer, giving New York a 3-0 lead.
Rodriguez drove the next pitch into the area where the ambulance parks, well beyond Monument Park. The Yankees estimated the homer at 485 feet.
Rodriguez's homer was his 20th this season at Yankee Stadium, breaking the record held by Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Sheffield (2004) for most by a right-handed batter.
Soriano hit the first pitch of the fifth for his 29th homer.
Dominguez trailed 2-0 after 11 pitches. Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui hit consecutive run-scoring singles.
The Yankees added a run in the seventh when Cano legged out a two-out double and scored on Sheffield's single.
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No outs when winning run scored.
DP--New York 2. LOB--Texas 7, New York 6. 2B--Mench (30), Cano (25). HR--ASoriano (29), Mench (20), Sheffield (24), ARodriguez (34), BWilliams (9). SB--Crosby (2).
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Loe pitched to 2 batters in the 11th. HBP--by MRivera (Nevin). WP--Dominguez. Umpires--Home, Angel Hernandez; First, Chad Fairchild; Second, Tom Hallion; Third, Greg Gibson. T--3:01. A--54,919.
Angels 9, Mariners 1
SEATTLE -- Ryan Franklin was roughed up in his return from a steroids suspension, and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball through eight innings to lead Los Angeles past Seattle.
Chone Figgins missed the cycle by a triple and Juan Rivera added three RBIs on three hits, including a solo homer in the seventh. Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina each drove in two runs as the Angels piled up 15 hits one day after opening the series with a 13-hit game.
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E--Ibanez (1), Reed (3). DP--Los Angeles 1. LOB--Los Angeles 6, Seattle 3. 2B--Figgins (21), JMolina (3). HR--Figgins (6), JRivera (9), ISuzuki (10).
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WP--Thornton. Umpires--Home, Chris Guccione; First, Laz Diaz; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Marty Foster. T--2:45. A--42,500.
Athletics 5, Twins 2
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jay Payton hit a three-run homer to lead Oakland over Minnesota for the Athletics' major-league leading 23rd win since the All-Star Break.
Kirk Saarloos (8-6) gave up six hits over six innings to win his third straight decision as the A's remained tied for the AL West lead.
Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who lost for the fourth time in six games.
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DP--Minnesota 1. LOB--Minnesota 9, Oakland 7. 2B--Morneau (16), Redmond (6), MEllis (15). 3B--Crosby (4). HR--Morneau (16), Kotsay (10), Payton (13). SB--Bartlett (2).
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HBP--by Witasick (LFord). Umpires--Home, Marvin Hudson; First, Larry Young; Second, Eric Cooper; Third, Fieldin Culbreth. T--2:38. A--47,385.
Orioles 1, Blue Jays 0
BALTIMORE -- John Maine pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first major league win and Miguel Tejada singled in a third-inning run as Baltimore ended Toronto's four-game winning streak.
Rafael Palmeiro sat out his third straight game since returning from a 10-day suspension for using steroids. He is expected to start as Baltimore's designated hitter today.
Maine (1-0) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, helping the Orioles improve to 6-3 under interim manager Sam Perlozzo.
Dave Bush (2-6) took the loss despite allowing four hits -- none after the third inning -- in his third career complete game.
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DP--Baltimore 3. LOB--Toronto 6, Baltimore 5. 2B--BRoberts (31). SB--Koskie (2), Johnson (4).
HBP--by Bush (JvLopez), by Bush (Mora). Umpires--Home, Paul Schrieber; First, Jeff Kellogg; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, Andy Fletcher. T--2:14. A--29,445.