Mariano Rivera became the 18th player to earn 300 saves, and a surging Derek Jeter hit one of the New York Yankees' four homers in a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Javier Vazquez (5-4) pitched six-plus innings for the victory, and Rivera worked a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading 17th save. He became the first Yankee to record 300 in his career, and is the fourth pitcher to get 300 with one team, joining Trevor Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley and Jeff Montgomery.
"He's the best," Jeter said of Rivera.
Jeter continued his climb out of a season-long slump with three hits for the third straight game and helped the Yankees extend their longest road winning streak of the season to five games.
The win put the Yankees a season-best 11 games over .500 at 29-18.
Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Ruben Sierra also homered, helping the Yankees improve to 7-3 on a 12-game trip that's the club's longest in nearly two years.
Coming off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in which they scored 41 runs in a three-game series for just the fourth time in franchise history, the Yankees put on another strong offensive performance.
Jeter went 3 for 5, including a solo homer off Lance Carter in the ninth. He has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, and has raised his batting average to .221.
* RED SOX 8, MARINERS 4: Pedro Martinez remained undefeated against Seattle, and David Ortiz's grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning to lift Boston at Fenway Park.
Manny Ramirez hit his 13th homer for the Red Sox, who have won eight of 10.
Martinez (5-3) has won all 13 games he's pitched against the Mariners -- he won once in relief -- but he gave up four runs, the most he has allowed against them. Martinez had a 1.00 ERA coming in against Seattle and he never gave up more than two runs.
* INDIANS 1, ATHLETICS 0: Casey Blake hit the third pitch by reliever Jim Mecir into the left field bleachers to give Cleveland the win at home.
Blake lined a 1-1 pitch from Mecir (0-4) for his sixth homer -- and second game-winning shot this season at Jacobs Field to end a struggle in futility by both teams.
* BLUE JAYS 5, RANGERS 4: Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in a four-run first, and Ted Lilly worked six innings for just the second time this season to lead host Toronto to its fourth straight victory.
* ROYALS 2, TWINS 1: Tony Graffanino beat out an infield single to deep short with two out in the ninth, scoring Wilton Guerrero from third and giving Kansas City the victory at home.
* WHITE SOX 4, ANGELS 3: Paul Konerko hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth, giving Chicago its eighth win in 10 games. The Angels have lost four straight games, all by one run.