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It was billed as a clash of bitter AL East rivals with a simmering subplot hatched at the All-Star game.

It turned out to be something a bit more timid; a game where the brouhaha was quelled beforehand and the caliber of play was not up to October standards.First, the Mike Mussina-Cito Gaston feud died.

The Orioles' starter apologized for voluntarily warming up during the All-Star game, and the Toronto manager spent all day denying any bad blood existed.

Then, Toronto went out and secured a 6-5 victory on Pat Borders' hustling infield hit in the eighth inning.

The Blue Jays led 3-2 in the eighth when closer Duane Ward came on to face Cal Ripken with two on and two out. Ward, who had 26 saves in 30 chances, gave up a three-run homer, Ripken's 15th of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, Baltimore manager Johnny Oates called on Greg Olson, who also had 26 saves in 30 chances, after John Olerud - 2-for-3, .403 - singled of Jim Poole (1-1) to load the bases with one out.

Olson fanned Tony Fernandez for the second out, but Ed Sprague followed with a double down the left field line that tied the game.

Borders then hit a sharp grounder to shortstop, and Ripken made a diving stab. But his throw was too late to get Borders, who slid head-first into the bag as Olerud scored the game-winning run.

Mariners 10, Twins 8

Ken Griffey Jr. extended his home run streak to seven games - one shy of the major-league record shared by Dale Long and Don Mattingly - with a 441-foot grand slam, and Seattle held on after visiting Minnesota rallied from 7-0 and 8-3 deficits.

White Sox 7, Indians 4

Frank Thomas went 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs, and Jack McDowell (16-6) became baseball's first 16-game winner as Chicago won its 13th in the last 18.

Rangers 1, Royals 0

Texas' only hit was Rafael Palmeiro's home run in the seventh inning, which broke up Kevin Appier's no-hit bid and made Kenny Rogers (8-6) the winner.

Yankees 5, Tigers 2

Danny Tartabull's homer in New York's four-run second gave Jim Abbott all the support he needed to win at Detroit for the first time in four years.

Brewers 3, Red Sox 2

Jaime Navarro snapped a five-game losing streak with his first win since June 16 and Robin Yount hit his 250th career homer for Milwaukee, which won its third straight for the second time this season.

Angels 15, Athletics 8

Tim Salmon homered twice and drove in four runs and Chad Curtis had four hits and four RBIs as California ended its losing streak at 10 games.

National League

Braves 10, Rockies 5

At Colorado, Fred McGriff hit two home runs, including an inside-the-park shot, and drove in four runs as the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 Tuesday night at Mile High Stadium. The Braves are 9-0 against the Rockies this season, averaging 8.1 runs a game.

Since being acquired from San Diego, McGriff has six homers in 35 at-bats and the Braves have won seven of eight. Atlanta, despite the streak, is eight games behind San Francisco in the NL West.

Giants 3, Dodgers 2

John Burkett became the NL's first 15-game winner with eight innings of three-hit ball in pitching San Francisco past Los Angeles at Candlestick Park. Burkett (15-4) held the Dodgers hitless for five innings.

Phillies 10, Cardinals 7

John Kruk went 5-for-5 and drove in three runs as Philadelphia started its key series against St. Louis by beating the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies expanded their lead over the Cardinals to five games in the NL East.

Padres 8, Cubs 0

Andy Benes pitched a five-hitter and Tony Gwynn had five hits and drove in three runs, leading San Diego over Chicago at Wrigley Field. Benes and Gwynn are the only big stars left on the Padres after several cost-cutting trades this season.

Mets 4, Marlins 3

Jeff Kent's second home run of the game leading off the seventh inning lifted New York over Florida at Shea Stadium.

Expos 8, Pirates 6

Pinch-hitter Lou Frazier singled in the tiebreaking run in a two-run eighth inning off rookie Joel Johnston (0-1) as Montreal beat Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium after blowing a 4-0 lead.

Astros 6, Reds 5

Kevin Bass' three-run homer off Tom Browning powered Houston past Cincinnati at the Astrodome. Browning (7-6) pitched only 2 1-3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits.