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Yankees triumph to keep pace

Jeter's 2-run hit in seventh wins it

Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-5, last night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Owner George Steinbrenner watched from a suite as his Yankees (82-62) moved a season-high 20 games over. 500 to remain 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox in the East Division.

New York has won the first two of a three-game set after losing its four previous series against the Devil Rays, who have won 11 of 18 meetings this year.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Jeter lined a 3-2 pitch from Travis Harper to right for a 6-4 lead.

Chien-Ming Wang (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings for his first win since July 8 against Cleveland. This was his second start since missing two months with a shoulder injury.

Mariano Rivera, the fourth Yankees reliever, worked the ninth for his 38th save in 42 opportunities. Julio Lugo walked with two outs but was thrown out .

Indians 6, Athletics 4 -- Ronnie Belliard's three-run homer in the seventh inning on Barry Zito's 122d and final pitch gave Cleveland the win over visiting Oakland, keeping the Indians ahead of the wild-card pack.

Belliard fell behind 0-2 in the count before pulling a pitch from Zito (13-12) over the wall in left for the Indians, who have won nine of 10.

Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer for the A's, who with a win would have moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Angels atop the West Division.

Jake Westbrook (15-14) had other plans. He didn't give up a hit until the sixth and allowed just two in seven innings.

Bob Wickman gave up a one-out homer to Mark Kotsay and walked Scott Hatteberg with two outs in the ninth before striking out Dan Johnson for his league-leading 41st save.

Mariners 10, Angels 9 -- Last-place Seattle swept West Division-leading Los Angeles for the second time this season on Yuniesky Betancourt's ninth-inning single.

Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, and Richie Sexson also connected.

The Angels fought back from deficits of 6-0, 7-4, and 9-7 to tie the score in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Bengie Molina off closer Eddie Guardado (2-2).

Jose Lopez doubled against Francisco Rodriguez (2-5) with one out in the bottom half and was replaced by pinch runner Ramon Santiago.

Rodriguez walked Greg Dobbs intentionally before Betancourt singled to left for his third hit and Garret Anderson's throw sailed over catcher Jose Molina's head.

Seattle got an RBI double from Ichiro Suzuki and a run-scoring single from Jeremy Reed off Kelvim Escobar in the sixth to break a 7-all tie.

Royals 10, White Sox 9 -- Angel Berroa's double to right field drove in the tying run and Jermaine Dye's fielding error allowed Mark Teahen to score the game-winner as host Kansas City rallied to beat Chicago.

The White Sox lost for just the fourth time in 17 games against Kansas City this season.

The Royals scored three runs in the ninth against Dustin Hermanson (1-4), who blew his fourth save in 38 chances, to snap a 108-game losing streak when trailing after eight innings.

Matt Stairs started the rally with a one-out single.

Emil Brown and Teahen followed with consecutive singles to score pinch runner Chip Ambres. Berroa then doubled to right to bring in Brown with the tying run, and Teahen scored when Dye had trouble picking up the ball.

Chris Demaria (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first career victory.

Rangers 7, Orioles 6 -- Kevin Mench drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single and Texas rallied past visiting Baltimore, ending the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Pinch hitter David Dellucci tied the score with a two-run homer in the ninth off Jorge Julio. Alfonso Soriano also connected for the Rangers, his 34th.

Tigers 4, Twins 2 -- Craig Monroe hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the eighth to send host Detroit past Minnesota.

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