John Buck hit a three-run homer and Angel Berroa had two hits and scored twice in a 10-run fifth inning that carried the Kansas City Royals to a 17-8 rout of the visiting New York Yankees last night.

The Royals sent 15 men to the plate against four pitchers in the biggest inning against the Yankees since Boston scored 11 in a 13-7 victory on May 31, 1998.

It was the Royals' second big inning in a week. They scored 11 runs in the third inning of a 26-5 victory Wednesday over the Detroit Tigers.

Last night, Kansas City scored on a walk, a balk, two wild pitches, a home run and three singles.

Berroa wound up with five hits and scored five runs and Buck also had a single and two doubles and a career-best five RBI for the Royals, who had lost six in a row to the Yankees and had beaten them only twice in their last 10 meetings at home.

Brian Anderson (4-11) went six innings and gave up nine hits and three runs. The Yankees -- who lost 22-0 on Aug. 31 to Cleveland -- saw their lead in the AL East shrink to three games over idle Boston.

* TWINS 5, TIGERS 3: Lew Ford homered and drove in two runs to back a strong outing by Brad Radke, leading visiting Minnesota to a sweep of the four-game series.

Augie Ojeda also homered for the Twins, who have won six straight and 11 of 13.

Radke (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings to improve to 17-6 lifetime against the Tigers. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Juan Rincon threw a scoreless eighth, but Joe Roa gave up two runs in the ninth before Joe Nathan got the final out for his 43rd save in 46 chances.

Jason Johnson (8-14) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Ojeda hit a 1-0 pitch from Al Levine with one out in the ninth for his second homer to make it 5-1.

But the Tigers closed within two runs against Roa in the bottom of the inning. Carlos Pena drew a one-out walk and one out later Eric Munson also walked. Jason Smith followed with a double to center, scoring Pena and Munson to make it 5-3.

Nathan came in and got Curtis Granderson, in his first big league game, to ground out to end it.

* ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1: Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer to lead Anaheim on the road.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went hitless -- 0 for 4 with a walk -- for the third time in four games, but still is on a pace for 262 hits, which would break the 84-year-old major league single-season record of 257 set by Hall of Famer George Sisler.

Twins third base coach Al Newman, left, congratulates Lew Ford for solo home run.