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Yankees flex with four home runs

Derek Jeter hit two solo homers, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada added two-run shots, and the Yankees kept beating Baltimore, defeating the Orioles, 8-7, last night at New York. Coming off last week's three-game sweep in which they outscored Baltimore, 41-17, at Camden Yards, the Yankees backed Mike Mussina (6-4) in his fifth straight victory.

The Orioles made it interesting in the ninth inning when Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each hit two-out, two-run singles off Mariano Rivera. But B.J. Surhoff hit a game-ending fly out with two on.

The Yankees opened a 12-game homestand by winning for the seventh time in eight games, ending Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

Sidney Ponson (3-6) fell to 3-10 against the Yankees. He matched a career high by allowing 12 hits after getting tagged by New York last week.

Jeter drove in a run for his eighth straight game -- extending his career-long streak -- and had four hits.

Batting only .190 last week, the All-Star shortstop raised his average to .233. Jeter also had an RBI double and a single.

Rangers 6, Indians 5 -- Rod Barajas hit his second homer of the game with one out in the 12th inning, helping Texas snap Cleveland's four-game winning streak. Barajas, who also homered in the third, drove a 1-and-1 pitch from Rick White (2-1) into the Indians' center-field bullpen for his seventh homer.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th and Francisco Cordero worked a perfect 12th for his 17th save in 17 tries. He tied John Wetteland (1999) and Jeff Zimmerman (2002) for the club record for consecutive saves.

Four other relievers -- Ron Mahay, Jay Powell, Brian Shouse, and Frank Francisco -- helped Texas's bullpen pitch 5 2/3 scoreless innings after the Indians tied it at five with a three-run sixth.

Athletics 6, White Sox 4 -- Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning as Chicago lost for the 12th time in 13 games at Oakland. Erubiel Durazo led off the 12th with a sharp single to right before Kielty hit a 3-and-2 pitch off Neal Cotts (0-3) that just cleared the left-field fence.

Justin Duchscherer (3-1) went three innings, striking out three and walking two to earn the victory.

Jose Valentin tied the game, 4-4, in the ninth with a two-out homer, his ninth of the season, on a 3-and-1 pitch from Jim Mecir, who blew his first save in three chances.

Blue Jays 6, Mariners 5 -- Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help visiting Toronto beat Seattle without scheduled starter Roy Halladay. Halladay, the AL Cy Young Award winner, was scratched because he experienced soreness in his right shoulder when playing catch before the game. The Blue Jays hope he can start Sunday in Oakland.

Raul Ibanez gave the Mariners a 5-4 lead in the fifth with his 11th homer of the season, off Aquilino Lopez.

But Lopez (1-1) got the victory with 2 1/3 innings of relief when Wells hit his seventh homer of the season off rookie Clint Nageotte (0-1), making his major league debut in relief of Gil Meche. The homer followed a single by Reed Johnson and gave Wells three RBIs for the night.

Royals 5, Tigers 3 -- Mike Sweeney hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning, leading Kansas City at Detroit. With the score 3-3, pinch hitter Desi Relaford singled off Esteban Yan and moved to second on an error by Yan, who threw wildly to first after catching Tony Graffanino's popup on a bunt attempt.

Sweeney singled up the middle, Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked, and Ken Harvey singled for his third hit of the game.

Jason Grimsley (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and Jeremy Affeldt got three outs for his fourth save in five chances, retiring Rondell White on a game-ending pop out with two on.

Twins 16, Devil Rays 4 -- Corey Koskie hit two of Minnesota's five home runs against error-prone Tampa Bay at Minneapolis. Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones also homered and Carlos Silva (6-3) pitched seven strong innings for Minnesota, which scored a season-high 16 runs to win for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who had a season-high four errors, along with three wild pitches and eight walks.

Silva allowed five hits and two runs. He lost his three previous starts after winning his first five decisions.

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