Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees tied a major league record last night at Arlington Stadium by hitting a home run in his eighth straight game.

Mattingly homered off Texas' Jose Guzman leading off the fourth inning to tie the record set by Pittsburgh's Dale Long in 1956. It came on a 2-0 pitch and the ball barely made it over the left field fence, 385 feet from home plate. It was his 18th home run of the season.

The Rangers won the game, 7-2. The only other Yankees run came when Claudell Washington followed Mattingly's homer with one of his own.

Ruben Sierra gave Texas all the runs it needed with a three-run homer in the fifth off loser Charles Hudson.

"My approach through the whole thing is to get a good pitch and hit the ball hard," Mattingly said. "It felt good. I didn't think the ball was going out, but it was carrying well and it left."

"For the record to be tied after it's existed for about 30 years, the right guy definitely tied it," Yankees Manager Lou Piniella said.

"I didn't know anything about it {the record}," Guzman (8-8) said. "The pitch to Mattingly was a good pitch, down and away. Give him credit."

Mattingly has hit 10 homers during the eight games; Long hit eight in his streak.

Mattingly's streak began against Mike Smithson of Minnesota on July 8, and over the period he's hitting .476 (20 for 42) with 22 RBI. In his last 43 games, the all-star first baseman has raised his average from .240 to .340.

Mattingly, 26, broke the AL record for home runs in consecutive games Friday night when he hit a 2-1 pitch from Rangers' rookie Paul Kilgus into the right field seats in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 8-4 victory. He had barely missed a homer in the first inning, doubling off the top of the center field wall.

The streak is compensating for a slow start because of a back injury that kept Mattingly out of the lineup for nearly three weeks.

He also has four grand slams this season, one short of the American League record.

Mattingly hit 35 homers in 1985 when he was the league's most valuable player and hit 31 last year, when he led the AL with 238 hits and 53 doubles -- both Yankee records -- and hit .352. He was rewarded for his efforts in the offseason when a salary arbitrator agreed he should earn $1.975 million for the 1987 season.

Mattingly, however, has been low key about the record, downplaying his own success to talk about the team, which is in first place in the AL East.

Long, a first baseman and a left-handed hitter like Mattingly, hit one homer in each of eight consecutive games off eight pitchers from May 19-28, 1956. His streak included four one-run homers, three two-run homers and a three-run homer. He finished the season with 27 homers, 91 RBI and a .263 batting average.

Long finished his playing career with the Yankees in 1963, winding up with a .267 batting average and 132 career homers.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 3:

Dave Henderson, the hero of Game 5 in last year's American League Championship Series, was a hero again at Fenway Park. He lined a two-run homer with none out in the 10th inning, lifting Bruce Hurst and Boston to a comeback victory over Oakland. Hurst (10-6) is 8-1 in Fenway this season.

The homer came off Gene Nelson, who replaced Dennis Eckersley after Dwight Evans opened the 10th with a single. It was Henderson's seventh of the year and first since May 26.

Jim Rice set up Henderson's homer by hitting a two-out, two-strike pitch for a homer in the ninth to tie the game, 3-3.

The game-winning RBI was Henderson's first since Oct. 12, when he tied Game 5 of the AL Championship Series with a two-run homer in the ninth inning and then won it with a sacrifice fly in the 11th.

"It's been a tough year, but that's what this game is about -- survival," said Henderson, who lost his starting center field job early in the season.

Henderson sliced Nelson's 2-2 pitch just inside the foul pole, 302 feet from the plate.

'I've been here for 13 years and I haven't hit a home run down there yet," said Rice, whose homer landed in the left field screen above the Green Monster wall.

"I was in here {the clubhouse} when he hit it and I was back out there to congratulate him by the time the ball landed," said Hurst.

Hurst settled down after a shaky start, blanking the Athletics on just two singles, both by Steve Henderson, over the last 6 2/3 innings. That enabled the Red Sox to rally for just their second victory in 12 extra-inning games this season, and broke a four-game Boston losing streak.

Jose Canseco put Oakland up 1-0 in the first when he hit his 19th homer over the screen in left on a 3-0 pitch. Mickey Tettleton singled home Terry Steinbach in the second to make it 2-0.

The veteran Henderson, released last year by the Athletics and called up from Tacoma Wednesday, had four hits for Oakland.

White Sox 6, Indians 3:

Ozzie Guillen scored two runs and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run as Chicago won at home.

Guillen's sacrifice fly, which scored Steve Lyons from third, came off Tom Candiotti (2-10), who has not won since June 5.

Bobby Thigpen (3-2) who relieved starter Floyd Bannister in the sixth, pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Jim Winn got the final out for his third save. It was Thigpen's first game since being recalled from the White Sox' Class AAA affiliate in Hawaii Monday.

Tigers 10, Mariners 6:

At Tiger Stadium, Chet Lemon hit a three-run homer and Alan Trammell drove in three runs at Detroit won its third straight.

Lemon hit his 12th homer off Jerry Reed (0-1) to tie the game, 6-6, with one out in the third inning. The homer capped a five-run rally and highlighted a 13-hit attack by the Tigers.

Trammell, who had a two-run single in the third, scored Lou Whitaker with the lead run on an RBI single in the fourth. Pinch hitter Darrell Evans followed with a double, scoring Bill Madlock and Trammell.

Madlock added a solo homer in the sixth.

Mike Henneman (5-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief of Dan Petry, who left in the second inning.

Eric King pitched the final three innings for his seventh save.

Detroit began its third-inning rally when Whitaker and Madlock singled, advanced on Kirk Gibson's fly out and scored on Trammell's single. Mariners starter Lee Guetterman walked Herndon before Lemon hit Reed's 1-1 pitch into the upper deck in left.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 5:

Rance Mulliniks hit a three-run homer and Dave Stieb threw a five-hitter over seven innings as Toronto won in Minneapolis.

Ernie Whitt added a two-run homer and an RBI single for the Blue Jays, who have won six of their seven games against Minnesota this year.

Stieb (8-5) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three. Tom Henke pitched the final two innings.

Joe Niekro (5-7) allowed seven hits and seven runs, six earned, over six innings. The knuckleballer struck out two, but walked three, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Angels 12, Brewers 6:

At County Stadium, Pinch hitter George Hendrick hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Wally Joyner added his 21st homer as California snapped Milwaukee's three-game winning streak.

With Milwaukee leading, 6-5, Devon White opened the eighth with a double and one out later stole third. Doug DeCinces walked before Hendrick, batting for Ruuppert Jones, hit the first pitch by Dan Plesac into the left field bleachers.

White added a two-run double in the ninth and Joyner followed with his homer.