Tony Clark hit a two-out, go-ahead double in the 10th inning after Mariano Rivera blew his second straight save in the ninth, and the New York Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, last night in Toronto.
Rivera converted 23 straight saves before giving up three runs in an 11-10 loss to Boston on Saturday. He failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth against Toronto, but Clark hit his double off Jason Frasor (3-3).
"My command was better today," Rivera said. "I'm not worried about it. We won, and that's the most important thing."
Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells nearly made a running catch on the warning track, but the ball ticked off his glove, allowing Jorge Posada, who walked, to score the go-ahead run.
Carlos Delgado led off Toronto's ninth with a single and Gregg Zaun doubled down the left field line. Rivera then struck out Eric Hinske swinging for the first out and got Alex Rios to hit a grounder to him for the second out.
But Chris Gomez followed with a two-run single to center, tying it at 5. Rivera struck out pinch hitter Frank Menechino to end the threat. Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
After an intense series in Boston this weekend in which the Yankees lost the final two of the three-game set, New York scored four times in the first inning on Posada's seventh career slam.
* TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 2: Brad Radke allowed three hits in seven solid innings and Henry Blanco homered off Mark Buehrle as visiting Minnesota won for the eighth time in 10 games and pushed its lead over Chicago in the AL Central to 11/2 games.
Radke (7-6) retired the final 16 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the second when he gave up Paul Konerko's 27th homer and a single to Timo Perez.
* TIGERS 13, INDIANS 4: Mike Maroth (8-7) pitched seven soggy innings and Detroit got home runs from Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames to win easily on the road.
Thames hit a two-run homer in Detroit's six-run first inning against Cliff Lee (10-3), and Guillen hit a three-run shot when the Tigers added six more runs in the fifth.
* ATHLETICS 14, MARINERS 5: Eric Byrnes had a three-run double and four RBI to bail out struggling starter Barry Zito by rallying from five runs down in Oakland.
Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 18 games and Justin Leone homered, but it wasn't enough to keep Seattle from losing its 13th straight road game.
* RANGERS 6, ANGELS 1: Michael Young hit a leadoff homer, Gary Matthews Jr. added a three-run shot and Ryan Drese earned his first road win of the season.