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Tampa halts Yankees

Resilient Rays end NY's run at 6

Aubrey Huff homered twice and drove in three runs yesterday, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the New York Yankees, 7-6, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Victor Zambrano (5-4) beat the defending AL champions for the third time this season, ending New York's six-game winning streak. He limited the Yankees to a pair of singles by Hideki Matsui until Enrique Wilson singled in the seventh, giving the Yankees runners at first and second.

Not wanting to give New York a chance to cut into a six-run deficit, manager Lou Piniella immediately turned to a bullpen that performed well for the Devil Rays during a 12-game homestand that ended yesterday.

Jorge Sosa stuck out Derek Jeter and got Bernie Williams to fly out. But Tampa lost the shutout bid in the eighth when Alex Rodriguez singled, stole second, and scored on Matsui's third hit.

Tony Clark's RBI single off Sosa cut the lead to 6-2, and the Yankees added two more runs in the eighth on Jeter's infield single and Geoff Blum's throwing error, making it 6-4.

Brook Fordyce's solo homer off Tanyon Sturtze in the bottom of the eighth made it 7-4, and Rays closer Danys Baez earned his eighth save in eight opportunities.

Orioles 7, Tigers 3 -- Ugueth Urbina walked Brian Roberts with the bases-loaded in the ninth, breaking a tie as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep in Detroit. The Orioles trailed, 2-1, entering the ninth against Urbina, the former Red Sox closer who had not allowed a run at home this season. But Urbina retired only one of the seven batters he faced, blowing his first save in 13 chances since Aug. 31 for the Marlins.

Rangers 4, Blue Jays 2 -- Kenny Rogers became the first eight-game winner in the majors despite walking seven, and Texas beat Toronto at SkyDome to stop a four-game losing streak. Rogers (8-2) won his fourth straight start, allowing one run -- it was unearned -- and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The walks were one shy of his career high. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances, ending Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Indians 4, A's 3 -- Matt Lawton scored on a wild pitch by Arthur Rhodes, giving host Cleveland its third straight come-from-behind win in the series. Omar Vizquel, whose throwing error helped Oakland score twice in the top of the ninth, had a tying RBI double off Rhodes (1-3) as the Indians swept the A's with two victories in their last at-bat and an eighth-inning rally.

Cleveland has won four straight after losing a season-high eight in a row.

White Sox 11, Angels 2 -- Willie Harris had four hits, Jose Valentin homered, and Ross Gload drove in three runs, leading Chicago past visiting Anaheim.

Twins 8, Royals 3 -- Alex Prieto hit his first major league homer and Corey Koskie drove in three runs, leading Minnesota in Kansas City, Mo.

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