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BORDERS’ HOME-PLATE CLASH SENDS JAYS PAST BREWERS

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Pat Borders jarred the ball loose from catcher Dave Nilsson to score the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Paul Molitor followed with an RBI single Saturday as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.

The Blue Jays took advantage of a risky intentional walk in the ninth inning to rally for two runs and end their three-game losing streak.Toronto trailed 3-2 when Borders singled with one out off Jeff Bronkey (1-1) and moved to second on a groundout. After an intentional walk to Devon White put the potential winning run on base, Domingo Cedeno, who began the game batting .154, singled to right field. The throw home by Turner Ward beat Borders, but he knocked the ball from Nilsson, then went back and touched the plate for the tying run.

Molitor followed with a high bouncer that glanced off third baseman Kevin Seitzer's glove and drove in the winner.

Tony Castillo (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the win.

Joe Carter did not start for Toronto. He missed his second straight game while taking medication for an inner ear infection that is causing a mild case of vertigo, although Blue Jays trainer Tommy Craig said the case is not too severe.

Brian Harper hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly in the sixth for Milwaukee's two runs off Todd Stottlemyre.

Yankees 6, Red Sox 5

At New York, Randy Velarde hit a sacrifice fly, capping a two-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the New York Yankees over Boston.

Jeff Russell (0-2) blew a save for the third time in 11 chances this season. With New York trailing 5-4 following Mo Vaughn's two-run, upper-deck homer off Paul Gibson in the eighth, Luis Polonia walked opening the ninth and stole second.

Singles by Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly tied the score, and Danny Tartabull's fly to right advanced pinch runner Gerald Williams to third with the winning run. Bob Wickman (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory.

Tigers 10, Mariners 4

At Detroit, Chris Gomez hit the first two homers of his career and the Detroit Tigers beat Seattle in a game shortened to six innings by rain.

Gomez, who had not homered in 158 career at-bats, homered to left-center field in the third inning, then went the opposite way to right in the sixth. He also singled in the fourth, and drove in a career-best four runs.

Mike Moore (3-2) pitched six innings and allowed on six hits. Chris Bosio (1-3) allowed eight runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 11th homer of the season for the Mariners.

White Sox 4, Royals 2

At Chicago, Jack McDowell won for the first time in nearly a month, allowing seven hits in 61/3 innings, and Frank Thomas hit his 10th homer as the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City.

McDowell (2-4), the Cy Young Award winner last season, had lost three straight decisions and not made it past the fifth inning in his two previous starts. He walked two, struck out three and won for the time since beating Boston on April 9.

Mark Gubicza (1-3) allowed seven hits in six innings.

Twins 9, Rangers 7

At Arlington, Texas, Shane Mack homered and drove in two runs, and David McCarty had three hits to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Texas Rangers.

Pat Mahomes (2-1) had his best outing of the season, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

The Twins collected eight hits - six for extra bases - off Kenny Rogers (2-4) in 6 1/3 innings.

Mack's first homer of the season in the fifth gave the Twins a 3-2 lead.

Minnesota added a run in the sixth on McCarty's RBI double, and the Twins took a 7-2 lead with three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Pedro Munoz, Scott Leius and Matt Walbeck.

Bill Ripken went 4-for-5 for the Rangers, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

Athletics 7, Angels 4

In Anaheim, Calif., Scott Brosius drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics won for the second time in 18 games.

Bobby Witt (3-2), the only A's pitcher to record a victory since April 17, took a one-hitter into the sixth inning before departing after allowing a pair of singles in the seventh. He struck out one and walked two. Dennis Eckersley earned his first save of the season in four tries by getting the final out.