The New York Yankees completed their first four-game sweep in Cleveland since 1964, and Dwight Gooden won his fourth straight start Sunday in a 6-5 victory over the Indians.
Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who improved to 9-3 against the defending AL champions this season.The Yankees are 12-2 at Jacobs Field overall, and 6-0 this year. They are the only opponent with a record over .500 at the ballpark.
The Indians entered the weekend with the best record in the majors. But AL East-leading New York changed that with its first four-game sweep since Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and crew did it at Municipal Stadium on Sept. 22-23, 1964.
It was the first time the Indians were swept in a four-game series since May 1994 - at New York.
Gooden (7-4), who has won seven of his last eight starts, allowed eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his third save of the series, and 22nd overall.
Williams' homer put the Yankees ahead for good in the sixth against Jack McDowell (6-6).
Royals 4, Orioles 0
At Baltimore, Kevin Appier pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and Sal Fasano homered as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, averting a three-game sweep.
Tom Goodwin had two hits, stole two bases and scored twice to help the Royals win for only the fourth time in 14 games. Kansas City went 1-6 at Camden Yards this year and lost the season series to Baltimore, 9-3.
Appier (6-7) struck out 11, matching his season high, and walked three. He allowed only one runner past first base, and Mike Magnante worked the ninth to complete the two-hitter.
Tigers 10, Twins 8
At Detroit, the Detroit Tigers won their third straight game for the first time this season, a victory over the Minnesota Twins that followed two straight shutouts.
The Tigers, with the worst staff ERA in the majors, extended their scoreless streak to 24 innings before Dave Hollins' homer highlighted a five-run sixth that put the Twins ahead 5-4.
But Detroit came back in the seventh, with Travis Fryman's two-run double keying a six-run seventh against five pitchers.Bobby Higginson hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which has its longest winning streak since a five-game string last September.
Brewers 8, Angels 4
At Milwaukee, Jose Valentin's two-run double highlighted Milwaukee's five-run seventh inning that sent the Brewers past the California Angels.
With the score tied at 3 in the seventh, Chuck Finley (9-5) gave up a leadoff single to Pat Listach. After a sacrifice by Kevin Seitzer, Finley walked the next three batters to force in the go-ahead run.
White Sox 7, Mariners 6
At Chicago, the Chicago White Sox stopped their eight-game losing streak on Ray Durham's RBI double with one out in the 10th.
The Mariners lost for the first time in four games since star center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. was injured.
The win pulled the White Sox within 31/2 games of Cleveland for the AL Central lead. The teams will play each other eight times in the next two weeks, starting with a four-game series Thursday night in Chicago.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 4
At Oakland, Calif., Jacob Brumfield hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put Toronto ahead.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, the Blue Jays began their rally when Mike Huff tripled off Oakland's Steve Wojciechowski (5-5). One out later, Tomas Perez walked and Wojciechowski was lifted for Jim Corsi.
Brumfield followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence for his fifth homer and a 5-3 Toronto lead.
Braves 1, Giants 0
At Atlanta, Tom Glavine allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings and Chipper Jones homered for the game's only run, lifting the Atlanta Braves to their sixth straight win.
Glavine (8-4) carried a two-hitter into the eighth before giving up a leadoff single to Keith Williams. Mark Wohlers finished for his 14th save in 15 tries as Atlanta shut out the Giants for the second straight day.
Jones led off the fourth inning with his 14th homer. The Braves' first hit off Osvaldo Fernandez (4-7) was Jones' fourth homer in six games and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
Expos 3, Cardinals 2
At Montreal, Jeff Fassero gave up three hits in 8 2-3 innings and Moises Alou homered to snap a sixth-inning tie, sending the Montreal Expos over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fassero (7-5) allowed a first-inning bunt single to Royce Clayton and had retired 13 straight before giving up a two-out, pinch-hit single to Ozzie Smith in the eighth.
The left-hander was within one out of his second career two-hitter when Gary Gaetti hit his 300th career homer. Fassero won his fourth straight decision, striking out six and walking one. Mel Rojas got the final out for his 11th save.
Rockies 7, Phillies 4
At Philadelphia, Ellis Burks hit two homers, giving him six in the last five games as the Colorado Rockies avoided a series sweep with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Burks, who has 19 homers, went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and scored twice, increasing his league leading total to 67. Vinny Castilla went 2-for-4, including a homer, and added two RBIs.
Jayhawk Owens also homered for the Rockies, who tied a franchise record by homering in their 17th straight game.
Dodgers 4, Astros 3
At Los Angeles, Mike Piazza hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Houston Astros.
Piazza, who went 9-for-16 in the series, homered on a full-count pitch from Xavier Hernandez (0-4).
Houston starter Darryl Kile struck out a career-high 12, and left after seven innings with a 3-1 lead. Kile helped himself with a two-run double in the fourth inning, but that turned out to be Houston's last hit.
Padres 5, Cubs 4
At San Diego, Rickey Henderson, Steve Finley and John Flaherty hit home runs, helping Joey Hamilton and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs.
The Padres won for only the fourth time in 21 games. They lost 9-6 to the Cubs in 16 innings Saturday night.
Hamilton (9-4) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings. He walked four, hit two batters and gave up home runs to Ryne Sandberg and Jose Hernandez, but the Padres backed him with three double plays.
Trevor Hoffman pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, for his 13th save.
Pirates 5, Marlins 3
At Miami, Charlie Hayes had a two-run single and slow-footed Mark Johnson stole home as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four times in the first inning and beat the Florida Marlins.
Pinch-hitter Dave Clark added an RBI single in the eighth, making Pittsburgh pinch-hitters 4-for-4 in the past two games.
Jon Lieber (1-2), the second of six Pirates pitchers, pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings, and Francisco Cordova got one out for his ninth save.
Greg Colbrunn had three of the Marlins' eight hits and extended his team-record hitting streak to 21 games.