Bloodied and bruised, Derek Jeter showed just why the New York Yankees always seem to come out ahead of Boston.
The all-star shortstop made one of the greatest plays of his championship career, hurtling headfirst into the stands for a catch that ended the Red Sox' half of the 12th. And while he was on his way to a New York hospital, the Yankees rallied past the Red Sox, 5-4, in the 13th last night for a stirring sweep.
Jeter left the ballpark with the face of beat-up boxer, a bloodied chin and a red, swollen cheek. He also had a bruised shoulder.
"The stomach, the heart, there was no quitting," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "Jeter, of course, scared the hell out of everybody. Hopefully, he'll be all right."
Manny Ramirez homered twice, including a leadoff shot in the top of the 13th. But with two outs in the bottom half, Miguel Cairo hit a tying double and scored on pinch hitter John Flaherty's double.
Pedro Martinez got the game off to a hot start, hitting Gary Sheffield in the back with a pitch in the opening inning and riling up the sellout crowd. Yankees rookie Brad Halsey matched Martinez into the middle innings, and then the real drama began.
The Yankees wound up winning their fifth in a row and extending their AL East lead over Boston to 81/2 games.
"I'm sure it's already an instant classic," Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon said. "We still believe we're going to win the World Series. It's never going to be easy in Boston."
* WHITE SOX 2, TWINS 1: Jon Garland hadn't won in almost a month. The White Sox hadn't swept the Twins in Minnesota in nine years.
Those streaks, like Minnesota's lead in the AL Central, are history.
Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, Garland pitched seven strong innings, and Chicago completed a three-game sweep on the road.
The White Sox, who moved two games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central, have won six of seven at the Metrodome this year. Chicago is nine games over .500, matching its season high.
"We haven't done that for a long time," White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen said after Chicago's first sweep at the Metrodome since June 1995. "To come in here down by one and leave up by two -- you don't expect that."
* ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 3: Damian Miller hit two of Oakland's five home runs, and Oakland completed a three-game sweep at home.
Kirk Saarloos (1-0) pitched five-plus scoreless innings in a spot start, receiving a standing ovation when he left following singles by Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero.
Saarloos was 0-5 in his previous 10 major league starts and hadn't won a start since Aug. 25, 2002, when he beat Cincinnati.
* BLUE JAYS 14, DEVIL RAYS 0: Eric Hinske drove in three runs and had three of Toronto's season-high 20 hits in St. Petersburg, Fla. Blue Jays starter Miguel Batista (7-5) has won seven of his last nine decisions after going winless in his first seven starts.
* MARINERS 8, RANGERS 4: Australian left-hander Travis Blackley won his major league debut and Randy Winn drove in three runs in Seattle.
* INDIANS 7, TIGERS 6: Jody Gerut's home run in the top of the 10th inning helped end Detroit's six-game winning streak.