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YANKEES BLOW LEAD BUT STILL SLIP PAST INDIANS BY 1 RUN

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Jim Leyritz and Mike Stanley homered and Jim Abbott won for the first time in a month Sunday as the New York Yankees blew most of an eight-run lead before beating Cleveland.

The Yankees won their fifth straight overall and their eighth in a row against Cleveland dating to last season. It was the Indians' second consecutive loss at Jacobs Field following an 18-game home winning streak.Cleveland trailed 12-4 before scoring seven runs in the eighth inning, including a two-run homer by Manny Ramirez and a three-run shot by Albert Belle.

Abbott (7-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. Steve Howe got two outs for his seventh save.

Jack Morris (6-5) gave up eight runs, two unearned, and six hits and six walks in four-plus innings.

Twins 11, Royals 4

At Minneapolis, Kirby Puckett became Minnesota's career hits leader and drove in three runs, leading the Twins over Kansas City.

Puckett had three hits, giving him 2,088 in 11 seasons with the Twins. He moved past Rod Carew, who had 2,085 hits in 12 seasons with Minnesota.

Puckett passed Carew with a two-run homer in the first inning, a 438-foot shot over the center-field fence. It was his 12th home run.

Jeff Reboulet had three hits and a home run. Pedro Munoz had four of Minnesota's 18 hits. The Twins have won 19 of their last 23 at home.

Scott Erickson (7-5) improved to 5-0 in the Metrodome this season. Mike Magnante (2-3) was the loser.

Brewers 5, Red Sox 4

At Milwaukee, Dave Nilsson drove in three runs, including the go-ahead score in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers edged Boston.

Nilsson's two-out single off reliever Chris Howard drove in B.J. Surhoff.

Athletics 10, Tigers 5

At Oakland, Calif., Troy Neel hit a two-run single and Mike Bordick's two-run double highlighted Oakland's seven-run first inning.

The A's swept the three-game series and have won 10 of their last 12. Terry Steinbach went 3-for-4 with a homer and Ruben Sierra had three hits for Oakland.

Angels 4, Rangers 3

At Anaheim, Calif., Tim Salmon homered to lead off the eighth inning as the Angels handed Texas its 10th loss in 12 games.

Salmon hit a 1-2 pitch from John Dettmer (0-2) over the left-field fence for his 16th homer.

White Sox 8, Mariners 7

At Seattle, reliever Jose DeLeon struck out Jay Buhner with the bases loaded to end the game as the White Sox held on for their sixth straight victory.

Tim Raines and Julio Franco hit RBI singles in the eighth inning for the White Sox, who trimmed Cleveland's lead in the AL Central to two games. They swept a four-game series in the Kingdome for the first time.

National League

Phillies 9, Braves 8

At Philadelphia, Darren Daulton went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and scored four times Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies held off the Atlanta Braves 9-8 Sunday.

The Braves rallied for three runs in the eighth. Ryan Klesko hit his second home run of the game and pinch-hitter David Justice hit a two-run homer.

Doug Jones then got four outs for his league-leading 19th save, extending his scoreless streak to 20 1-3 innings.

Marlins 6, Expos 1

At Montreal, Mark Gardner came off the disabled list to pitch 7 2-3 strong innings as the Marlins snapped a season-high six-game losing steak.

Gardner (2-2), who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 8 with a groin injury and was activated before the game, tied a club record with 10 strikeouts.

Robb Nen pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his sixth save.

Gary Sheffield hit his 14th home run and scored twice, and Chuck Carr doubled, hit an RBI single and scored a run for the Marlins.

Pirates 7, Mets 3

At New York, Paul Wagner pitched eight shutout innings before tiring in the ninth, and Brian Hunter and Al Martin homered to lift the Pirates to their sixth straight win.

Wagner (5-5) carried a four-hit shutout into the ninth before the Mets got three straight singles to score their first run. Wagner was then lifted after giving up an RBI single to Rico Brogna. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 8 1-3 innings.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 1

At Chicago, Rick Sutcliffe gave up four hits over six innings for his first win over Chicago in nearly 15 years.

Sutcliffe (4-3), who spent eight seasons with the Cubs, struck out two and walked none in his first game at Wrigley Field since Sept. 22, 1991.

Sutcliffe entered the game with a 1-3 career record in 10 games against the Cubs as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His last win against Chicago was June 31, 1979, in a 6-4 Dodgers victory.

Rene Arocha pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Giants 8, Rockies 1

At Denver, Barry Bonds hit a pair of two-run homers and had five RBIs, and John Burkett pitched eight shutout innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past Colorado.

The Rockies set a major-league attendance record, drawing 217,009 for the three-game series - 105 more than Cleveland drew in the final series at their old stadium last year.

Bonds connected off Greg Harris (3-8) in the first and fifth innings for his 18th and 19th homers. He also singled home a run in the third, tying the Giants' season high for RBIs in a game set by Matt Williams on opening day.

Burkett (5-6) gave up five hits and allowed only three runners as far as second base. Rod Beck gave up a run in the ninth.

Dodgers 5, Astros 4

At Houston, Brett Butler homered for the second straight game and also singled twice, driving in two runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Houston.

Butler hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking a 4-4 tie. He has five homers, his most since hitting six in 1988 for San Francisco.

Butler connected against Doug Drabek (10-4), foiled in his bid to become the first 11-game winner in the NL.

Kevin Gross (7-4) went seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out five. Todd Worrell pitched two innings and got his sixth save in 11 chances.

Reds 12, Padres 4

At Cincinnati, Hal Morris had his third four-hit game of the season and drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth inning as the Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego.

Consecutive singles by Thomas Howard, Barry Larkin and Morris gave the Reds a 5-4 lead in the sixth and Reggie Sanders singled in two more off Jeff Tabaka (1-1). Bret Boone doubled home a run, and another scored on left fielder Phil Plantier's throwing error.

John Roper (4-0) stayed around just long enough for the win. The Reds won for the seventh time in eight games.

Kevin Mitchell's two-run homer highlighted the Reds' three-run third. His 19th home run matched his total for all of 1993, when he played in just 93 games because of various injuries.