Alex Rodriguez's two-run shot in the 11th following Gary Sheffield's tying homer in the ninth gave the New York Yankees an 8-6 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics last night.
Eric Byrnes hit a three-run drive for one of three homers by the A's, who tagged Esteban Loaiza for five runs in his Yankees debut. But New York rallied against the Athletics' bullpen, sending Oakland to its second loss in 11 games.
"I always used to see it on TV, now I'm here and I'm part of it," said Loaiza, who stuck around in the dugout to see the late-inning excitement up close.
With the Yankees trailing 6-4 in the ninth, Derek Jeter blooped a one-out single to right off closer Octavio Dotel. Sheffield then sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence to tie it, bringing a huge roar from the crowd of 47,885.
It was Dotel's third blown save in 11 chances with the A's since he was acquired from Houston.
After Mariano Rivera (3-1) threw 51 pitches in two scoreless innings, Sheffield singled with one out in the 11th off Justin Duchscherer (4-3). Rodriguez followed with a high drive over the left field fence, giving him the AL lead with 29 home runs.
* RANGERS 8, TIGERS 0: Mike Bacsik gave up four hits over seven innings in his Texas debut, and Laynce Nix hit a two-run homer in Detroit.
Texas won its second straight game after losing five of seven. Detroit lost its third straight and was shut out for the second time this year, the first since April 15.
Bacsik (1-0), who signed with Texas in December, struck out four and walked none. He became the 14th pitcher to start for Texas this season, the eighth who spent time in the minor leagues.
Brought up from Class AAA Oklahoma last week, Bacsik retired nine straight before Alex Sanchez singled leading off the fourth.
* INDIANS 14, BLUE JAYS 5: Travis Hafner homered twice and tied a career high with six RBI, and visiting Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak.
Casey Blake went 5 for 6 to match a career high for hits as the Indians tied their season best with 21 hits. Cleveland also had 21 hits, including eight home runs, on July 16 at Seattle.
The Indians moved back to .500 with the win (54-54). They were a season-high three games over .500 when the skid began.
Hafner, who was 4 for 5, also had six RBI on July 20 at Anaheim. It's the seventh time this season he's had four or more RBI in a game.
* DEVIL RAYS 5, RED SOX 4: Toby Hall snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, and Tampa Bay held on for a comeback win at home.
With Tampa Bay trailing 4-1, Hall hit a 1-2 pitch with no outs from Bronson Arroyo (4-8) into the left field seats to put the Devil Rays ahead for their second win in nine games against Boston.
* TWINS 6, ANGELS 3: Justin Morneau homered for the second straight night, driving the first pitch of the sixth inning to spark Minnesota at home.
Torii Hunter followed Morneau with a double, then Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer to break it open for the Twins, who have won 13 of 15. Combined with Chicago's loss, Minnesota opened a season-high six-game lead in the AL Central.
* ROYALS 11, WHITE SOX 0: Brian Anderson had a career-best two-hitter to win for the first time since April 20, and John Buck had three hits, including a three-run homer that capped a seven-run first inning at home for Kansas City.