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BLUE JAYS OUTSMART O'S, 8-2

Even when he's not playing, Paul Molitor is paying attention.

With the score tied in the top of the 10th inning, Mike Huff on second base and Domingo Cedeno trying to sacrifice, Baltimore third baseman Jeff Huson went to the mound to go over strategy with reliever Jesse Orosco.One problem, though. Cedeno didn't ask for time.

"I've got to tip my hat to Paul Molitor," Huff said. "Paul sort of whistled and motioned me to third base. I saw the third baseman didn't signal time, and I knew I had a chance."

Orosco spotted Huff, but lost the footrace to third base.

Moments later, Huff scored the go-ahead run, and before the inning was over, Toronto scored six runs, capped by Ed Sprague's homer, and went on to an 8-2 victory Thursday night.

Red Sox 10, Tigers 2

At Detroit, Mo Vaughn's third grand slam of the season powered Boston's Tim Wakefield to his 12th victory of the season.

Mike Macfarlane also homered and Mike Greenwell hit a two-run double for Boston, helping Wakefield (12-1) win his eighth straight start.

Mariners 10, Angels 7

Mike Blowers drove in six runs and Andy Benes, traded to Seattle from San Diego Monday, won his AL debut as Jim Abbott lost in his return to Anaheim Stadium in a California uniform.

Blowers, who has 23 RBIs in his last 14 games, hit his fourth career grand slam.

Yankees 5, Brewers 4

David Cone, making his Yankee Stadium debut, won his second straight decision since being acquired by New York from Toronto on July 28. John Wetteland earned his 20th save despite allowing a leadoff homer to Milwaukee's John Jaha in the ninth inning.

Indians 6, Twins 4

At Cleveland, Carlos Baerga homered, drove in two runs and scored twice as Ken Hill got his first AL victory.

Jim Thome also homered for the Indians, 15-6 since the All-Star break. They improved baseball's best record to 61-27 while dropping the Twins to 31-58, worst in the major leagues.

Athletics 5, Rangers 3

A day after coming off the disabled list, Mark McGwire hit his 25th and 26th homers to power Oakland past visiting Texas.

Ariel Prieto (2-4), a Cuban emigre who was the A's top pick in the June amateur draft, got the victory.

Royals 9, White Sox 0

At Chicago, Gary Gaetti hit his 21st homer and drove in four runs to help Melvin Bunch (1-2) earn his first major league victory as visiting Kansas City beat the White Sox - salvaging one win in the four-game series.

National League

Rockies 9, Dodgers 4

Bret Saberhagen shook off a case of nerves and 13 Los Angeles hits to win his debut for the Colorado Rockies, pitching the NL West leaders past the Dodgers Thursday.

Saberhagen (6-5) stranded 10 runners in 61/3 innings. He helped the Rockies beat Los Angeles for the first time in six games at Coors Field this season, and left to a standing ovation.

Reds 3, Mets 2

Ron Gant tried to steal home and scored the go-ahead run when catcher's interference was called, giving Cincinnati its first three-game sweep of New York at Riverfront Stadium since August 1982.

It was 2-all in the sixth when Gant reached third and Reggie Sanders made it to second with two outs. Gant then broke for the plate when Reid Cornelius, making his first major league start, went to a full windup on a 1-2 pitch to Bret Boone.

Catcher Alberto Castillo stepped over the plate, and it appeared Gant beat the tag. But plate umpire Paul Runge already had called interference, allowing Gant to score, Sanders to move to third and Boone to reach first. The umpires huddled three times and the game was held up for 13 minutes, and Mets manager Dallas Green played the rest of the game under protest.

Braves 5, Phillies 4

Mark Lemke and Javier Lopez hit RBI singles in the bottom of the ninth inning off Heathcliff Slocumb, giving Atlanta its 18th victory in its last at-bat.

The win gave the host Braves a nine-game lead in the NL East.

Padres 3, Giants 0

Willie Blair, pitching in place of traded Andy Benes, held San Francisco to three hits in six innings and won for the first time as a starter since Aug. 12, 1993.

Tony Gwynn had two hits for host San Diego, but left the game in the seventh after fouling a ball off his right big toe. Steve Finley went 3-for-3 for the Padres.

Cardinals 2, Astros 1

Right fielder Brian Jordan caught Derrick May's sinking liner and threw out Derek Bell at the plate to end the eighth inning, preserving St. Louis' one-run lead over Houston.

The host Cardinals ended a six-game losing streak. Allen Watson (4-4) pitched seven scoreless innings and Tom Henke got his 23rd save in 24 chances by escaping a runner-on-third, no-out jam in the ninth.

Cubs 7, Pirates 2

Scott Servais, activated from the disabled list a day earlier, singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium.

Luis Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs for Chicago, making him 5-for-8 with four extra-base hits in the three-game series.

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