Jose Offerman tripled to lead off the ninth inning and scored the winning run yesterday to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the visiting New York Yankees, spoiling Roger Clemens's first start at Fenway Park for the Yankees.
Offerman reached base all five times up, getting two hits and three walks to snap a five-week slide in which he batted .184.
"What I did today is something that I'm supposed to do," he said. "It's easy to say, `They have to pay me anyway,' but that's not the way I see it."
The Red Sox let Clemens go as a free agent in 1996 after 13 years in which he won the first three of his five Cy Young Awards. Clemens was booed from his introduction until he left in the sixth with a 5-3 lead.
New York's Chuck Knoblauch homered to start the game for the second consecutive day. One out later, Paul O'Neill homered -- the second day in a row that the Yankees got two home runs in the first inning.
TWINS 8, ANGELS 0: Eric Milton pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout as Minnesota won on the road. Milton (4-8), who pitched at the University of Maryland, matched his season-high with seven strikeouts and walked one for the first complete game victory of his career.
The loss was Anaheim's 14th in 15 games. Chuck Finley (5-10), who wasn't traded despite persistent rumors that he would be dealt by the midnight EDT deadline, trailed 3-0 when he was lifted in the seventh.
INDIANS 13, WHITE SOX 10: Roberto Alomar homered twice, Richie Sexson hit a three-run shot and rookie Russell Branyan doubled home two runs as host Cleveland blew a big lead but recovered to win its fifth in a row.
In the fourth, Sexson hit his 21st homer and fourth in five games and Alomar hit a three-run shot to give the Indians an 8-3 lead. After the White Sox tied it 8-all in the seventh, the Indians scored five runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Branyan's double.
ATHLETICS 5, DEVIL RAYS 1: Omar Olivares did not allow an earned run in seven innings to win his Oakland debut and Eric Chavez and John Jaha homered as the Athletics won their fifth straight home game.
Olivares (9-9) gave up four hits and six walks while striking out three. The right-hander was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Thursday.
BLUE JAYS 7, TIGERS 6: In Toronto, Shawn Green went 2 for 4 with a homer to extend his hitting streak to 28 games and Homer Bush had three hits and two RBI to help the Blue Jays improve to 7-1 against Detroit this season.
ROYALS 12, RANGERS 8: Jermaine Dye drove in five runs as Kansas City rallied on the road. Dye tied the club record for RBI in July with 32. He equaled the mark set by John Mayberry in 1975.
Dan Reichert got his first major league win despite giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.