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Martinez stays hot as NY reaches .500

Tino Martinez and the New York Yankees are hitting so splendidly that Randy Johnson didn't even need a strikeout to collect his 250th career win.

Martinez hit two more homers yesterday to give him eight in eight games, and slumping Jason Giambi doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of the Yankees' eighth straight victory, 6-4, over the Athletics in Oakland, Calif.

Although Johnson failed to strike out a batter for the first time in nearly five years, the Yankees (19-19) roared back to .500 by overcoming an early three-run deficit and rallying in the seventh. They sent spiraling Oakland to its eighth straight loss.

Johnson (4-2) allowed a run in the first for the first time in 16 starts, but recovered to pitch six innings of seven-hit ball. He became the 42d pitcher to reach 250 victories -- but he didn't increase his career total of 4,211 strikeouts, third on the majors' career list.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest appearance of Johnson's career without a strikeout, surpassing his three innings on April 10, 1989, with the Expos. The Big Unit last failed to get a strikeout on Aug. 25, 2000, while pitching just 2{sbquo} innings for Arizona.

Martinez hit a solo homer in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth, both over the short right-field fence against A's starter Dan Haren. It gave him 10 homers in his last 11 starts.

Jason Kendall had a run-scoring double for the A's, who haven't won since May 6 at Yankee Stadium.

In the seventh, Giambi hit the first pitch he saw from Ricardo Rincon (1-1) down the right-field line to score Alex Rodriguez, putting New York up, 5-4.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 2 -- Roy Halladay pitched 7{dbcomma} superb innings and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer as Toronto avoided a three-game sweep in Cleveland.

Halladay (6-2) allowed five singles and used his fastball along with a few nasty breaking pitches to get 14 outs on grounders. He walked three and struck out six.

Wells's shot came in the eighth off starter C.C. Sabathia (2-3).

Orioles 6, White Sox 2 -- Sal Fasano and David Newhan hit their first homers and drove in two runs each for Baltimore, which split a four-game series in Chicago.

Angels 9, Tigers 3 -- Bengie Molina's three-run double capped Anaheim's six-run third in Detroit and John Lackey (4-2) won for the third time in four starts.

Twins 5, Rangers 2 -- Shannon Stewart snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer and drove in four runs to back Brad Radke (4-3) in Minneapolis.

Royals 4, Devil Rays 3 -- Alberto Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh and then trotted home on Mark Hendrickson's balk to give Kansas City its first home series win of the season.

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