Derek Jeter homered in the first inning for his 1,000th career run, then stole a pair of bases in the ninth inning and scored on Hideki Matsui's two-out single to lead the visiting New York Yankees over Cleveland, 5-4, last night, the Indians' ninth straight loss.
New York, which rallied from a 4-1 deficit, has won two straight after losing six of seven and is 61/2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. It was the Yankees' 48th come-from-behind win, the most in the major leagues.
"He took us on his shoulders and got us in position to win the ballgame," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said of Jeter.
Cleveland, which had been one game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota on Aug. 15, began the night eight games behind the Twins. The Indians are on their longest skid since losing 10 straight in 1979.
Jeter, hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Bob Wickman (0-2) on Monday, showed no signs of lingering problems. He hit his 16th homer in the first inning, then walked against Wickman with the score tied at 4 in the ninth and stole his 19th and 20th bases.
After Matsui's hit, Enrique Wilson singled off David Riske, but left fielder Jody Gerut threw out Matsui with a one-hop throw to the plate.
Tom Gordon (6-3) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 43rd save in 46 chances. New York starters haven't won since Jon Lieber at Seattle on Aug. 13.
* WHITE SOX 9, TIGERS 5: Juan Uribe homered, scored the go-ahead run and drove in three runs in Detroit to help Chicago end a five-game losing streak. Jon Garland (9-9) won for just the second time in nine starts since defeating Seattle on July 9, giving up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Carlos Pena hit a third-inning grand slam for Detroit, which lost for just the third time in 10 games. Pena also had a game-ending grand slam against Arizona on June 27.
* RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4: Doug Mirabelli hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Mike Timlin pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning to lead Boston in Toronto.
Manny Ramirez drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who have won seven of eight.
Tim Wakefield (10-7) allowed three runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings for his fifth win in his last six starts. Keith Foulke got four outs for his 23rd save in 28 chances.
* DEVIL RAYS 6, MARINERS 5: Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to back Rob Bell, and Tampa Bay hung on in Seattle.
Bell (6-7) allowed two runs -- only one earned -- and three hits in seven innings.
Martinez, who reached 20 homers for the ninth time, tied Cecil Fielder for 87th on the career list at 319.
* ANGELS 7, ROYALS 5: Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer and Anaheim, at home, converted a throwing error by Kansas City second baseman Desi Relaford into the tying and go-ahead runs that extended its winning streak to seven games.
* RANGERS 5, TWINS 4: Mark Teixeira singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Texas rallied to stop visiting Minnesota's four-game winning streak.