The breaks finally seem to be going the Texas Rangers' way in their house of horrors at Yankee Stadium.
Texas turned two line drives by Chili Davis into five outs and scored the winning run off Roger Clemens on a ball that didn't even make it halfway up the third-base line to beat the New York Yankees, 4-2, last night.
"Sometimes you think you've seen every combination," Rangers Manager Johnny Oates said. "You look out there tonight and see Chili hit two balls the way he did and end up with five outs. Then we score the winning run with a ball that didn't go 45 feet."
Said Davis: "I made seven outs in four at-bats. Just bad biorhythms tonight."
Those were the type of breaks that went against Texas recently at Yankee Stadium. They had lost seven straight in the Bronx and 21 of 29 overall to the Yankees before winning 3-0 behind Rick Helling on Wednesday night.
On a night when Clemens had 13 strikeouts -- including 10 in the first four innings -- the Rangers managed nine hits, four in the infield and three runs in seven innings off the Rocket.
INDIANS 10, ATHLETICS 6: Pinch hitter Jim Thome doubled in the go-ahead run in a five-run seventh inning, and Roberto Alomar had four RBI as host Cleveland rallied past Oakland. With the score tied at 5, Thome drove a Buddy Groom two-out pitch high off the left field wall to score David Justice from second.
BLUE JAYS 3, ANGELS 0: Tony Fernandez homered to raise his major league-leading average to .405 and Kelvim Escobar pitched seven scoreless innings as host Toronto completed a three-game sweep. Fernandez, who went 1 for 2 with a walk, gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his fourth homer of the season. Anaheim, which had been expected to contend in the AL West, has lost nine of 11 and dropped seven games below .500 (29-36) for the first time this season. The Angels hit just .206 (20 for 97) in the three-game series. "Something has to change," catcher Matt Walbeck said. "We're not hitting and it's contagious."
TWINS 8, RED SOX 7: Jacque Jones had a tiebreaking two-run double and went 3 for 5 as Minnesota averted a four-game sweep in Boston. John Valentin hit a three-run homer for Boston, which has lost eight of its last 12. Minnesota starter LaTroy Hawkins (3-7), who entered the game with an 8.30 ERA, got the win despite allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
MARINERS 4, TIGERS 3: David Segui hit a two-run triple in the ninth inning as visiting Seattle rallied for the win on a squeeze play. "It's not a play we use very often," Manager Lou Piniella said.