Pat Hentgen took a shutout into the ninth inning and Toronto hit four homers yesterday as the visiting Blue Jays beat Cleveland, 7-3.

Despite the loss, Cleveland clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the AL playoffs when Texas lost to Anaheim later last night. The Indians will play Boston.

Hentgen (11-12) won for the first time in five starts with perhaps his best outing this season. Entering the ninth, he had allowed five singles, then gave up a single by Carlos Baerga and Alex Ramirez's home run.

YANKEES 3, DEVIL RAYS 2: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Chili Davis and Scott Brosius homered and New York clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Yankees will play Texas in the first round; the opening game in the best-of-five series will be Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Joe Torre became the first Yankees manager to win 400 games in his first four seasons.

MARINERS 10, ATHLETICS 2: In Oakland, Freddy Garcia tied a Seattle rookie record with his 17th win and Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez and David Bell homered for the Mariners.

Rodriguez's 42nd home run tied his own AL record for single-season homers by a shortstop. Teammate Ken Griffey Jr. remains two homers shy of 50 for the season and 400 for his career, with one game left.

ANGELS 15, RANGERS 3: In Anaheim, Tim Salmon went 4 for 5 with two homers and five RBI against Texas.

WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 1: Kip Wells won for the fourth time in five decisions and Chicago gave host Minnesota its eighth straight loss.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 3: In Kansas City, Mo., Tony Clark and Luis Polonia homered for Detroit. It was Clark's third homer in two games.