Ken Griffey Jr. hit three home runs in a game for the first time and tied a career high with six RBIs, powering the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-4 Friday night.
Griffey set a team record by scoring five runs, and went 4-for-4 with a walk.Griffey hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, a three-run drive in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth. He also singled.
Last Tuesday, Griffey became the seventh-youngest player in major league history to reach 200 homers. He has four multi-homer games this season and 18 in his career.
Sterling Hitchcock (4-2), acquired during an offseason trade with the Yankees, allowed eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings. He became the first Seattle starter to last at least six innings since he did so on May 8.
Cleveland 6, Detroit 3
At Detroit, Albert Belle hit two home runs Friday night and Cleveland sent the Tigers to their ninth straight loss.
Belle hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, then led off the eighth with another homer for a 4-3 lead. He leads the majors with 19 home runs.
Belle had three hits and scored three times. He has eight home runs in his last 15 games.
Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton also homered as Cleveland won for the 10th time in 12 games before a crowd of 26,967, second-largest of the season at Tiger Stadium. Thousands of Indians fans, many unable to get tickets to sold-out Jacobs Field, made the three-hour drive to Detroit.
Orioles 5, Athletics 4, 10 innings
At Baltimore, Gregg Zaun singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the Orioles a comeback victory.
It was the 10th win in 13 games for the Orioles. Jeffrey Hammonds' three-run homer in the Baltimore eighth tied it at 4.
White Sox 4, Brewers 3
At Chicago, Ron Karkovice hit a solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning and the White Sox claimed their sixth straight win.
Royals 8, Rangers 0
At Kansas City, Mo., Mark Gubicza pitched a four-hitter in his second straight strong start, and the Royals stretched their winning streak to five.
Gubicza (4-6) retired 14 consecutive batters - 11 on grounders - before Warren Newson doubled with two outs in the fifth. He struck out two and walked none in his 16th career shutout, the first since last Sept. 28 against the Chicago White Sox. It was his first complete game this season, the 41st of his career.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 0
At Toronto, Rich Robertson pitched his first career shutout and won for the first time in eight decisions.
Robertson (1-7) allowed four hits - leadoff singles in the first and third innings, a two-out triple in the sixth and a one-out double in the seventh. He struck out eight and walked three.
Robertson now has three complete games in 11 starts, including each of his last two outings. The Twins have scored only 16 runs in his seven losses.
Chuck Knoblauch went 3-for-4, scored Minnesota's first run and made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the fifth. Erik Hanson (5-4) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings.
Angels 3, Red Sox 1
At Anaheim, Calif., Chuck Finley allowed four hits in seven innings and Garret Anderson singled in two runs as the Angels stopped a nine-game losing streak against the Red Sox..
In the Angels' first home game since The Walt Disney Co. took over operation of the team, Finley (6-2) struck out six, walked four and lowered his ERA to 3.97 - the first time it has been under 4 this season. Tim Neahring's seventh-inning homer was the only run he allowed.