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Yankees reel off 8th straight win

Tony Clark doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees defeated the Athletics, 4-3, last night in Oakland, Calif., for their eighth straight win.

Alex Rodriguez tied the game at 3 with his solo homer to left-center field leading off the ninth -- New York's third solo shot of the game. A-Rod hit his 350th homer a night earlier, a three-run drive that helped the Yankees rally from a 7-1 deficit to win, 10-8.

Hideki Matsui hit a bloop single to the gap in right-center to move Jorge Posada to third with two outs in the ninth, then the slumping Clark lined a double to the gap in left-center.

Eric Chavez had singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh, but the A's bullpen botched things again. Arthur Rhodes (0-1) blew his second save chance this year.

Paul Quantrill (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 11th save in as many chances, allowing his first two runners to reach.

Rivera allowed singles to Damian Miller and pinch hitter Billy McMillon. Oakland had runners at the corners with two outs, but Chavez popped out.

Blue Jays 10, Royals 3 -- Vernon Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs, and Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings on three days' rest, leading host Toronto.

Wells, who entered hitting just .228 with one home run and seven RBIs, hit an RBI grounder in the first, a three-run homer in the second, and a solo shot in the fourth for Toronto.

Staked to a 7-0 lead in the second, Halladay (3-3) won his third straight start, allowing three runs on 11 hits, striking out four and walking none in seven innings.

White Sox 6, Orioles 5 -- Juan Uribe's triple keyed a seventh-inning rally and Billy Koch and Chicago survived a wild ninth to win in Baltimore. Down, 6-4, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Koch.

After Javy Lopez hit a sacrifice fly, Jay Gibbons grounded into a force out that moved the tying run to third. But Koch retired Luis Matos for his fifth save.

Rangers 6, Devil Rays 1 -- Ryan Drese threw 6 1/3 shutout innings on short rest and major league hits leader Michael Young had four more -- including a solo homer -- to help host Texas to its 10th win in 12 games.

Drese (2-0), pitching on four days' rest after a 118-pitch outing, allowed only five singles -- two didn't get out of the infield. Only one runner reached third base.

Midre Cummings, called up earlier in the day, broke up the shutout in the ninth by hitting a one-out RBI double off Doug Brocail on the first major league pitch he's seen since 2001.

Twins 5, Mariners 1 -- Carlos Silva took a shutout bid into the eighth inning and got his fifth win of the season, leading visiting Minnesota over Seattle.

Angels 6, Tigers 3 -- Jose Guillen homered and drove in three runs, and Troy Glaus tied for the major league lead with his 10th home run to help host Anaheim beat Detroit for its fifth straight victory.

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