Seattle Mariners Manager Lou Piniella, known for his ranting and raving, showed his soft side after getting his 1,000th career win.

Jay Buhner hit a two-run homer yesterday in Toronto as the Mariners sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their seventh straight loss, 5-1.

After the game, Ken Griffey Jr. and a few other Mariners sneaked up on Piniella and poured champagne on his head.

"I got some champagne dunked on me, and I got a little emotional and thanked the team," Piniella said. "I didn't think I would, but I did."

Piniella (1,000-926) became the 18th man in major league history with 1,000 wins as a manager and 1,000 hits as a player. He is 521-502 with the Mariners.

"I'm proud of it, but at the same time in a humble way," Piniella said. "I want to thank all the organizations that I managed for, and I want to thank all the players that played for me."

Seattle, which completed a three-game sweep, has won seven of nine to reach .500 (60-60). Toronto, on its longest losing streak this season, fell 3 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race.

RANGERS 6, INDIANS 1: Rafael Palmeiro hit a three-run homer and Royce Clayton had a two-run shot in a five-run seventh inning as visiting Texas defeated Cleveland.

Texas has hit 10 homers in winning the first three games of the four-game series.

John Burkett (4-6) pitched eight strong innings to get his first victory since July 22. He held Cleveland's powerful lineup to one run and five hits, and had a season-high eight strikeouts.

Palmeiro snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh with his 33rd homer of the season. Rusty Greer opened the inning with a single and went to third on a double by Juan Gonzalez before Palmeiro homered off Charles Nagy (13-8).

ROYALS 3, YANKEES 0: Rookie Dan Reichert pitched seven shutout innings and Rey Sanchez scored the go-ahead run on Derek Jeter's eighth-inning throwing error as visiting Kansas City beat suddenly punchless New York.

New York has just 12 runs in five games since beating Minnesota last Friday. Before Paul O'Neill's fourth-inning single ended his 0-for-9 skid, he had combined with Chili Davis, Scott Brosius and Joe Girardi to go 0 for 58.

DEVIL RAYS 4, TIGERS 0: Wilson Alvarez and Albie Lopez combined on a one-hitter and Terrell Lowery hit a grand slam as Tampa Bay beat host Detroit.

Gabe Kapler tripled leading off the third for Detroit's only hit, with left fielder Bubba Trammell missing a diving, shoestring try near the line. Alvarez struck out three of the next four batters.

RED SOX 7, ATHLETICS 4: Jose Offerman's tiebreaking triple ignited a three-run seventh inning that sent host Boston over Oakland in a matchup of the AL's top wild-card contenders.

Boston, which made a costly error and a poor base-running decision after building a 4-0 lead, posted its sixth win in eight games. The Red Sox also handed Kevin Appier his first loss since being traded to the Athletics.

WHITE SOX 4, ANGELS 3: Third baseman Troy Glaus threw away Frank Thomas's grounder in the eighth inning, giving host Chicago a win over Anaheim.

Paul Konerko homered for the third straight day as the White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games. It was just the fourth time the Angels have lost a game they led after eight innings.