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MARINERS NIP YANKEES: OCTOBER IN AUGUST?

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Another thrilling one-run game that came down to the last out. Can the Yankees and Mariners play any other way?

The latest installment of Seattle vs. New York looked a lot like last October when the clubs hooked up for five gut-wrenching games in the AL playoffs.Seattle jumped out to an 8-0 lead Sunday, but needed 12 innings to hold off New York 13-12, giving the Mariners the first three games of the wraparound weekend series.

And, although the cities are separated by 3,000 miles, and the teams aren't even in the same division, there has been quite a rivalry blossoming.

"Ever since the playoffs, it's really picked up," Ken Griffey Jr. said. "They got some guys over there who can score runs quick."

Jay Buhner hit a sacrifice fly and Paul Sorrento hit a two-run homer in the 13th for the Mariners, whose three straight wins at Yankee Stadium followed a 1-8 homestand.

Athletics 9, Orioles 6

Mark McGwire hit his major league-leading 43rd homer, and Scott Brosius and Terry Steinbach also homered for the A's at Oakland Coliseum.

Brosius and McGwire hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning as the A's jumped to an 8-0 lead against David Wells (9-11).

Indians 11, Tigers 3

Jim Thome hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs as Cleveland beat Detroit for the 14th straight time at Jacobs Field.

Thome went 4-for-5 and 7-for-11 in the series.

Brewers 8, White Sox 7

At Milwaukee, Jeff Cirillo's broken-bat single over a drawn-in infield scored the go-ahead run in the eighth.

After Jesse Levis blooped a double to left, pinch-runner David Hulse went to third on Fernando Vina's sacrifice bunt and scored on Cirillo's single over shortstop Morberto Martin.

Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer for Chicago, becoming the fourth player in major league history to drive in 100 runs in each of his first six seasons.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 2

Pat Hentgen pitched his major league-leading seventh complete game for Toronto at Minnesota.

Ed Sprague hit his 30th homer and Carlos Delgado also hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays.

Rangers 10, Royals 3

Will Clark, on the disabled list three times this season, drove in four runs with a single, double and home run as host Texas remained six games ahead of second-place Seattle in the AL West.

Dean Palmer and Kevin Elster each hit two-run homers, and Kevin Gross (10-7) pitched 41/3 innings of relief.

Angels 4, Red Sox 3

Mike Holtz (2-2) struck out Boston's Mo Vaughn with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth to preserve a 3-3 tie at Fenway Park.

In the ninth, pinch-hitter Jack Howell led off with a double and Randy Velarde followed with an RBI double that left fielder Mike Greenwell misplayed.