Pinch hitter Ruben Sierra delivered a go-ahead, two-run double that landed squarely on the left-field line, highlighting a six-run rally in the eighth inning that boosted the slumping Yankees over the Oakland A's, 10-8, last night in New York. Trailing, 8-4, and in danger of losing their fifth straight game, the defending AL champions suddenly broke loose and handed Oakland its fourth loss in a row.
Bernie Williams began the comeback with a single that ended his 0-for-13 rut and capped it with an RBI grounder.
Sierra, batting for Miguel Cairo, put the Yankees ahead, 9-8, with the hooking bases-loaded double off Ricardo Rincon that somehow stayed fair. Donovan Osborne (1-0) got one out for the victory and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Jim Mecir (0-2) took over for Tim Hudson after seven innings and let the first five batters reach. Eric Chavez homered and Marco Scutaro got a career-high three hits and drove in two runs for Oakland.
The A's broke a 4-4 tie with an unearned run in the sixth. Tony Clark, getting a rare start at first base, fumbled Erubiel Durazo's leadoff grounder and Frank Menechino hit an RBI single on Yankee starter Mike Mussina's 100th pitch.
Durazo and Scutaro had RBI doubles in the seventh for a 7-4 lead. Scott Hatteberg's infield single in the eighth made it 8-4.
In the bottom half, Williams and Alex Rodriguez singled and Jason Giambi walked, loading the bases with no outs. Gary Sheffield, who earlier dropped a liner to right, setting up an unearned run, and Jorge Posada hit RBI singles that pulled New York to 8-6.
Rincon relieved and walked Hideki Matsui with the bases loaded. After Clark struck out, Sierra -- hitting only .194 -- delivered.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 4 -- Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer off Toronto closer Justin Speier with one out in the ninth, lifting Minnesota at home. Torii Hunter tied it with an RBI single one batter before Jones sent a 1-2 pitch from Speier (1-2) into the left-field seats for his team-leading fourth home run.
Shannon Stewart led off the ninth with a single on a hard grounder that third baseman Chris Gomez couldn't handle. He took third on Doug Mientkiewicz's single to right and scored two batters later when Hunter singled up the middle, making it 4-all.
Juan Rincon (3-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Toronto, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, blew a 4-1 lead in the eighth and spoiled seven solid innings by Miguel Batista, who's still winless in five starts this season.
Twins starter Johan Santana had a season-high eight strikeouts in seven innings.
Mariners 7, Orioles 5 -- Dan Wilson homered in the fourth and then drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, helping visiting Seattle break a five-game skid.
John Olerud had three of Seattle's 13 hits, and the Mariners improved to 1-11 when allowing five or more runs in a game.
Rafael Palmeiro and Larry Bigbie homered, and Brian Roberts had three hits for the Orioles, who have lost a season-high three straight.
With the score tied, 5-5, in the seventh, Seattle's Rich Aurilia drew a two-out walk from Rodrigo Lopez (1-1). Buddy Groom then gave up a single to Olerud, and Wilson followed with an RBI single off Mike DeJean. Jolbert Cabrera made it 7-5 with a single up the middle.
Ron Villone (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings and Eddie Guardado, the sixth Seattle pitcher, got four outs for his third save. He retired Javy Lopez in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs.
Angels 10, Tigers 4 -- At Detroit, Darin Erstad hit a three-run double and Troy Glaus had two RBIs, helping Anaheim win its fifth straight.
Glaus tripled, doubled, and singled, and Vladimir Guerrero also had three hits as John Lackey earned his first win of the season.
Lackey (1-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Scot Shields went 2 1/3 innings for his first save.
Brandon Inge hit his second grand slam in less than a week for the Tigers.
Rangers 3, Royals 2 -- R.A. Dickey allowed four hits over 6 1/3 innings and closer Francisco Cordero escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth as Texas broke a nine-game losing streak in Kansas City.
Dickey (3-1) walked three and struck out one as the Rangers won for the sixth time in seven games and beat the Royals at home for the first time since Sept. 2, 2001.