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YANKS DO WHAT KNICKS CAN'T - BEAT CHICAGO

Joe Girardi cleared the bases with a three-run double in the sixth inning Sunday and the New York Yankees rallied from an 8-0 deficit to stun the Chicago White Sox 9-8.

Trailing 8-4, New York scored five in the sixth, starting the spree when White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas failed to touch first on a grounder for his first error of the season.An infield out and an RBI single by Tim Raines cut the White Sox's lead to 8-5. Wade Boggs then singled to drive out starter Alex Fernandez and reliever Larry Thomas (1-3) surrendered an RBI double to Paul O'Neill.

Tino Martinez walked to load the bases and reliever Bill Simas replaced Thomas and struck out Ruben Sierra. But Girardi drove his double to right center, his third hit, to give the Yankees a 9-8 lead. Girardi was 3-for-4 and is now on a 13-for-29 tear.

Reliever Bob Wickman (3-1), the fourth Yankee pitcher, went 1 2-3 innings for the win. Mariano Rivera pitched 2 1-2 scoreless innings, and John Wetteland got three outs for his seventh save.

Tigers 5, Rangers 3

At Arlington, Texas, Felipe Lira gave Detroit's pitching staff a rare quality start and John Flaherty jump-started the offense with a three-run double.

Lira (3-3) gave up three runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings for a staff that started the day with a 7.19 ERA, the worst in baseball. Lira struck out one and didn' t walk a batter.

Mike Myers got four outs for his second save and just the Tigers' fifth this season.

Flaherty's second-inning double off Darren Oliver (2-1) helped the Tigers win just their sixth road game all season. Detroit won for just the second time in its last 15 games away from Tiger Stadium.

Brewers 6, Orioles 4

At Milwaukee, Dave Nilsson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as Milwaukee overcame a pair of two-run homers by Rafael Palmeiro.

Angel Miranda (2-2) gave up both of Palmeiro's homers but got the win. The left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He benefited from a bizarre play in the sixth inning when the Brewers scored two runs on a double play.

In the sixth, the Brewers loaded the bases with none out. Jesse Levis hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Palmeiro, who threw to second for the forceout. Baltimore starter Scott Erickson (2-4) covered first base on the relay, and tripped after making the out at first. He fell and Levis fell on top of him, preventing Erickson from making a throw to home plate as Fernando Vina scored the go-ahead run from second.

Graeme Lloyd pitched the eighth, and Mike Fetters, who blew a save in the ninth on Saturday, got three outs for his second save.

Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 7

At Toronto, rookie Robert Perez hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th as Toronto rallied from a four-run deficit to win.

Perez's single helped rookie Marty Janzen (1-0) get the victory in his major league debut. Janzen, a rookie acquired in the trade that sent David Cone to the Yankees, gave up three hits in three innings of relief.

Carlos Delgado's single, his fourth hit, opened the 10th and Joe Carter walked to chase Heathcliff Slocumb (1-2). Stan Belinda came on and hit Ed Sprague to load the bases.

John Olerud, who tied a career-high with five RBIs, popped out to shallow left, but Perez followed with a clean RBI single.

The Blue Jays trailed 7-3 after seven, but Olerud hit a three-run homer off Clemens in the eighth and Charlie O'Brien homered off Slocumb in the ninth to tie it 7-7.

Mo Vaughn went 3-for-5 with a monstrous homer and John Valentin hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. Roger Clemens went 7 2-3 innings but was not involved in the decision.

Athletics 8, Twins 3

At Oakland, Calif., Ernie Young homered for the fourth time in three games and Don Wengert allowed two hits over seven innings as Oakland completed a three-game sweep.

Young, who hit three home runs on Friday and now has five for the season, also had an RBI double in Oakland's 14-hit attack. Jose Herrera went 3-for-4 and scored two runs for the A's.

Wengert (1-1) spent the first month of the season in the bullpen before replacing Todd Van Poppel in the rotation. He lost to Cleveland in his first start on May 7. The right-hander walked one and struck out four.

Paul Molitor had two of the Twins' five hits.

Mariners 8, Royals 5

At Seattle, Randy Johnson, pitching for the first time in 11 days, extended his winning streak to 12 games and Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of two-run homers.

Kansas City closed to 6-5 in the eighth by scoring four runs, two unearned, but Rodriguez hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the inning.

Johnson (5-0), who missed one start because of an inflammed nerve in his lower right back, last loss to California on Aug. 1.

The Mariners hit eight doubles to match a club record for the second straight game. Edgar Martinez and Darren Bragg each doubled twice for Seattle. Martinez hit three doubles in the Mariners' 11-1 win on Saturday night.

Kansas City rookie Chris Stynes stole three bases in the first inning to tie a major-league record. Stynes, who added his fourth stolen base in the eighth, is the first player to get three steals in one inning since 1989.

Phillies 7, Braves 0

At Philadelphia, undefeated rookie Mike Grace outdueled Greg Maddux, pitching a four-hitter as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Atlanta's seven-game winning streak.

Grace (6-0) struck out five and walked only one while retiring the final 17 batters in his first career shutout.

Four-time Cy Young Award winner Maddux (4-3) lost consecutively for the first time since June 22 and 27, 1994.

The only threat against Grace came in the fourth inning. Mark Lemke led off with a single, but Chipper Jones' bid for a base hit struck Lemke. Fred McGriff followed with a single, but Grace got David Justice on a long fly and Ryan Klesko on a groundout.

Cubs 3, Mets 0

At New York, Jim Bullinger pitched a two-hitter, and Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa had home runs as Chicago broke a five-game losing streak.

The 30-year-old Bullinger (2-3) struck out four and did not allow a walk in his first shutout and complete game since July 30, 1995 against Philadelphia. Jeff Kent had both hits for the Mets.

The game was tranquil, a reversal from Saturday, when a brushback-inspired brawl led to the ejections of eight players and a coach.

Sandberg hit his eighth homer, in the first inning off Mark Clark (1-5), who lost his third straight decision. Sosa led led off the fourth with his 11th home run - and fifth off the Mets - to make it 2-0.

Bullinger, pitching just his second career shutout, retired the first 12 batters he faced.

Giants 7, Pirates 2

At Pittsburgh, Allen Watson allowed six hits in eight innings, and drove in four runs as San Francisco Giants swept Pittsburgh.

Watson, who struck out seven and walked one, pitched his first shutout in 64 career starts.

Glenallen Hill hit the Giants' league-leading 56th homer as they finished off their first sweep this season and first in Pittsburgh of three games or more since June 6-8, 1977.

Hill went 4-for-5 to raise his average to .550 during the Giants' 5-1 road trip. The Pirates have lost four straight, six of seven and are a league-worst 7-14 at home.

Barry Bonds got the Giants started with a run-scoring double in the first off Zane Smith (2-1), who came off the disabled list for his first start since April 26. The Pirates have fallen behind in the first in six consecutive games.

Expos 7, Astros 6

At Montreal, Montreal took advantage of a major-league record-tying six passed balls by Houston backup catcher Jerry Goff to score five unearned runs.

Mark Grudzielanek went 5-for-5, tying a career high, and scored three runs, and Henry Rodriguez and F.P. Santangelo added two-run doubles as Montreal improved its major-league best home record to 16-4.

Ugueth Urbina (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on Saturday, pitched 5 2-3 innings, striking out a career high six, to win his first major-league start this season as Montreal took the four-game series 3-1.

The 21-year-old pitcher allowed four runs - two earned - on five hits and walked two. He was 2-2 in seven appearances last season with Montreal. Mel Rojas pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Marlins 7, Rockies 5

At Miami, Charles Johnson hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Florida its seventh straight victory and a sweep of Colorado.

Johnson, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, connected off Curtis Leskanic (2-2) for his seventh homer. It scored Jeff Conine, who had walked with one out, sending Colorado to its seventh straight loss.

Rob Nenn (2-0) got the win by striking out three of the seven batters he faced. Nenn pitched 1 1-3 innings.

Cardinals 6, Dodgers 5

At St. Louis, Mark Petkovsek pitched well, and Tom Pagnozzi had two RBIs to lead St. Louis over Hideo Nomo - avoiding a sweep by Los Angeles.

Nomo (5-3), who who had won three straight, allowed four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks in his five innings. Petkovsek (2-0) gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Dennis Eckersley got his eighth save.

The score was tied 2-2 and Nomo had struck out the side in the fifth when Mark Sweeney - who is 4-for-5 against Nomo in his career - lead off the sixth with a single. He scored from first when Pagnozzi lined a double into the left field corner.

Padres 5, Reds 0

At Cincinnati, Brian Johnson drove in two runs, and Bob Tewksbury pitched five innings on less-than-normal rest as San Diego ended Cincinnati's seven seven-game winning streak.

Tewksbury (5-1), pitching on three days of rest for the first time this season, allowed four hits and one walk over five innings. A rainout in Pittsburgh last week forced the Padres to adjust their rotation.

The right-hander has pitched on three days of rest eight times in his career, going 4-2.