Joe Niekro allowed only four hits in 7 1/3 innings and Mike Easler drove in three runs with a pair of singles last night in Cleveland as the New York Yankees beat the Indians, 6-2, for their fifth straight victory.

Niekro (1-0) shut out Cleveland for the first six innings. Brian Fisher pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his first save and allowed two hits, including Andre Thornton's second homer of the season in the ninth.

Dave Winfield and Ken Griffey had three hits apiece for the Yankees, whose 6-1 record is the best in the major leagues.

A's 8, Twins 2: Alfredo Griffin's four singles keyed a 16-hit offense and Moose Haas pitched a five-hitter to lead Oakland to victory in Minneapolis.

Haas, acquired from Milwaukee shortly before the season started, raised his record to 2-0. Oakland won its third straight game and handed Minnesota its fourth consecutive loss.

Mariners 9, Angels 4: Hot-hitting rookie Danny Tartabull's grand-slam home run climaxed an eight-run first inning for Seattle in Anaheim, Calif.

Tartabull, who has homered in four straight games, finished off Don Sutton's bid to win his 296th career game. Tartabull is batting .353 and leads the majors with 14 runs batted in. He is tied with Cincinnati's Dave Parker for the major league lead in home runs with four.

Matt Young (2-0) allowed eight hits in five innings before Mike Morgan worked the final four innings for his first save.

White Sox-Tigers, ppd: Last night's game in Chicago was postponed because of snow and rescheduled for Thursday.