Derek Jeter broke out of an 0-for-32 slump with a leadoff home run, Miguel Cairo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-5 win last night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees, who have won three straight after being swept by the Red Sox, put on a long-awaited power display against Barry Zito. The former Cy Young winner was tagged for a career-high four homers.
Bernie Williams and Alex Rodriguez also went deep, backing Kevin Brown (4-0) and sending Oakland to its sixth straight loss.
The A's went winless at Yankee Stadium despite starting aces Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Zito.
Jeter drove his first homer of the season well over the left-center-field fence and into Monument Park for his first hit since an infield single against the White Sox April 20. The hit came on Zito's first pitch.
The homer cut New York's deficit to 2-1 after Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer in the top of the first.
With the game tied at 3 in the sixth, Cairo hit his first homer as a member of the Yankees -- a shot into the left-field seats.
Gary Sheffield hit a leadoff single and Hideki Matsui singled one out later. After Ruben Sierra struck out, Cairo homered to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead.
Orioles 9, Mariners 5 -- Eric DuBose pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Melvin Mora and Brian Roberts had four hits apiece, leading host Baltimore past skidding Seattle, which has lost seven of eight.
Luis Matos had three hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won the final two games of the rain-shortened, three-game series.
Baltimore got 15 hits, including 12 against Seattle starter Joel Pineiro (1-3). The Orioles used a four-run third inning to take control, then pulled away with a five-run seventh.
Playing in his 614th consecutive game, Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada left in the eighth after being struck in the face by a throw from first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. The toss deflected off the helmet of Seattle base runner Randy Winn.
Angels 12, Tigers 3 -- Vladimir Guerrero homered and Anaheim had an eight-run fourth inning, beating host Detroit.
Guerrero homered, doubled, and singled twice in five at-bats, helping the Angels win for the fifth time in their last six games.
The Angels scored seven of eight runs in the big inning off Detroit starter Nate Robertson (1-1). Overall, Robertson was tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Jarrod Washburn (4-1) pitched eight innings for the victory, allowing three runs and nine hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Rangers 9, Royals 7 -- Michael Young and Brad Fullmer homered during a three-run rally in the ninth as Texas beat host Kansas City.
Young tied it with a solo shot against Curtis Leskanic (0-3). Hank Blalock followed with a triple and Fullmer homered with two outs.
It was Leskanic's third blown save in five opportunities. Carlos Almanzar (3-0), the fourth of five Texas pitchers, worked two perfect innings to pick up the victory.
Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many opportunities.
White Sox 6, Blue Jays 4 -- Esteban Loaiza remained unbeaten as Chicago rallied for five runs in the sixth and beat visiting Toronto.Loaiza (4-0) went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.
After Neal Cotts struck out three in two innings, Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his second save.
Toronto starter Pat Hentgen, shooting for his first win since Sept. 24 when he was with the Orioles, took a 4-1 lead into the sixth. But the White Sox rallied with five, taking a 5-4 lead on Willie Harris's infield single.