Joe Mauer made his first major league home run a memorable one.
Mauer hit a tie-breaking, three-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning yesterday to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-5, in Minneapolis.
The rookie catcher connected on a 3-1 pitch from Esteban Yan (0-2), capping a two-out rally and giving the Twins a 6-3 lead.
Mauer, from St. Paul, Minn., was the No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft. He injured his knee in the second game of the season and returned from surgery Wednesday. He was 0 for 8 in three games until his home run.
"I don't know what it is about superstars, but they do those things," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said.
With two outs in the eighth, Yan came on and gave up a double to Torii Hunter. Yan then hit Matthew LeCroy with a pitch before Mauer homered to right for his first career runs batted in. Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the ninth, but held on for his 15th save.
* YANKEES 2, RANGERS 1: Mike Mussina took a shutout into the ninth inning and Jason Giambi homered in his return from the disabled list, leading host New York.
Bernie Williams, batting leadoff for the first time in eight years, homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning from Ryan Drese (2-3) to help the Yankees win for the 11th time in 13 games.
Giambi, out since spraining his right ankle May 21, hit his 10th homer in the eighth to make it 2-0.
Mussina (7-4), who struck out a season-high 10 in winning his sixth straight decision, left after allowing a triple to Rod Barajas leading off the ninth. Mariano Rivera gave up a run before working out of a jam for his 23rd save in 24 chances.
* INDIANS 7, ANGELS 0: C.C. Sabathia (3-3) held Anaheim hitless until the sixth inning and Omar Vizquel hit a two-run homer as visiting Cleveland beat the Angels for the third day in a row.
Victor Martinez doubled in two runs against Bartolo Colon (4-4) in the first inning, Vizquel homered in the fourth and Ronnie Belliard added a two-run double in the fifth to chase the right-hander.
* RED SOX 5, ROYALS 3: Johnny Damon hit a tie-breaking double -- one of his three doubles on the day -- in a five-run sixth inning as Boston rallied to win on the road.
Derek Lowe (5-5) went five innings for the win, Mike Timlin pitched three hitless innings, and Keith Foulke posted his 11th save.
* MARINERS 5, WHITE SOX 4: In Seattle, Billy Koch walked Jolbert Cabrera with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Mariners a win.
Seattle scored three runs in the ninth off Koch (1-1). The Mariners, who had four steals in the inning, tied it on Bret Boone's RBI single.
Chicago's Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 22 games.
* ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 3: Eric Byrnes belted a leadoff home run to trigger a four-run first inning and Oakland went on to win at home.
Damian Miller added a two-run single in the first and Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run double in the seventh to help the A's win for the fifth time in six games.