Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill each homered in New York’s six-run first inning Saturday night as the Yankees downed the Texas Rangers 11-5.
Martinez’s 17th homer, a three-run shot, gave him 50 RBIs in 42 games. O’Neill added a two-run homer, his eighth, as New York rocked Texas starter John Burkett (2-3) with five straight hits in the first.
Bernie Williams went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and Cecil Fielder added four hits for New York, which beat Texas for the seventh time in the past eight games between the clubs.
Indians 8, Blue Jays 1
Jim Thome hit his second career grand slam as Cleveland defeated Toronto.
Pat Borders and Omar Vizquel reached on one-out singles against loser Woody Williams in the third and Marquis Grissom walked to load the bases. After Julio Franco flied out, Thome hit a 1-1 pitch to deep center for his eighth home run of the season and a 4-0 Indians lead.
White Sox 7, Athletics 6
Frank Thomas drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Dave Martinez capped a six-run fifth with a three-run homer for Chicago.
Thomas went 3 for 3 with two walks, raising his batting average to .353. He is hitting .443 with 20 RBIs and 20 runs in his last 20 games.
Mark McGwire hit his 14th homer for the A’s, a towering solo shot in the fourth inning that went 403 feet to left field. Scott Spiezio added a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, later in the inning.
Red Sox 4, Twins 0
Tom Gordon pitched a four-hitter for Boston’s first complete game this season, helping the Red Sox end a seven-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota.
Gordon (2-5) struck out a season-high 10, walked four and recorded his first complete game since Aug. 28 of last year.
Troy O’Leary homered and Mo Vaughn had two RBIs as Boston won for just the second time in 13 games.
Minnesota hit only seven balls out of the infield against Gordon.
Angels 6, Brewers 5
Darin Erstad’s RBI single capped Anaheim’s two-run rally in the eighth inning, giving the Angels their sixth straight win and Milwaukee its fifth straight loss.
Pinch-hitter Jack Howell doubled home the tying run in the eighth before scoring on Erstad’s hit, completing the Angels’ third comeback from down 5-0 in a week.
Tigers 9, Royals 2
Kansas City, Mo.
Tim Pugh beat the team that gave up on him and Tony Clark hit two of Detroit’s four home runs, leading the Tigers past Kansas City.
Pugh (1-0) was 0-1 with a 5.45 ERA in one start and 18 relief appearances last season for the Royals, who released him on Aug. 14. His previous victory in the majors came April 10, 1996, with Cincinnati.
Clearing the bases
Cleveland Indians pitcher Jack McDowellmay need arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow. A piece of skin or cartilage was found between one of the joints in his right elbow during testing at Lutheran Hospital last week. McDowell received two cortisone shots to try to shrink the object.
The Indians have hit a home run in all 19 of their victories this season. … With 2,103 career hits, Julio Franco has passed Felipe Alou to become the all-time leader among players from the Dominican Republic. … Rusty Greer of Texas pulled off a rare triple last weekend, starting in all three outfield positions during a three-game series at Fenway Park.
The sellout crowd of 46,625 for the New York-Texas game was the largest at The Ballpark in Arlington this season. … New York Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry will start Monday in left field for the Norwich Navigators as he continues to rehabilitate an ailing knee. … The Kansas City Royals optioned outfielder Jermaine Dye (batting .188) to Triple-A Omaha, a move that’s certain to draw renewed criticism for the trade that sent Michael Tucker (currently hitting .345) to Atlanta. The Royals recalled utility infielder Shane Halter from Omaha.
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