The Boston Red Sox scored 11 runs in the third Sunday, then had to rely on a sensational stop by rookie second baseman Lou Merloni to beat the Yankees 13-7 Sunday.
Boston sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning, combining nine hits and three walks - plus three poor fielding decisions - against Andy Pettitte (6-5) and Darren Holmes.Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek each had a double and single in the majors' biggest inning this season.
Pedro Martinez (6-1) turned over an 11-4 lead to the bullpen with two outs in the sixth.
The Yankees scored three times in the seventh to make it 11-7 and had the bases loaded before second baseman Merloni made a diving stop of a grounder to rob Jorge Posada of a two-run single and start an inning-ending double play.
MARINERS 11, DEVIL RAYS 6: The Seattle Mariners went the equivalent of nearly three games without a home run, then hit six, including Ken Griffey Jr.'s 19th.
Rob Ducey ended a 26 2-3 inning drought with a homer leading off the fourth against Rick White (0-1). Joey Cora, Edgar Martinez, Russ Davis and David Segui also homered before Griffey finished the power surge with a solo shot in the eighth off Albie Lopez.
Bill Swift (4-3), pitching a day ahead of schedule because Jeff Fassero had a stomach virus, held the Devil Rays to three runs on four hits in 5 2-3 innings.
RANGERS 9, ORIOLES 5: Juan Gonzalez hit his seventh career grand slam and added a solo shot for his second straight two-homer game, to lead Texas.
The five RBIs gave Gonzalez nine in two games and an AL-best 71 in just 54 games. Gonzalez's grand slam came in the third inning off Scott Erickson (5-6) and gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead.
Kevin Elster also homered for the Rangers, who gained a split of the four-game series. Darren Oliver (3-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, and Tim Patterson got four outs for his first save.
WHITE SOX 8, TIGERS 2: Jim Parque pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings in his second major league start and Chicago hit three home runs for the win.
Wil Cordero, Mike Caruso and Frank Thomas homered for the White Sox, who gained a split of the four-game series with just their fourth win in 10 games.
Parque (1-0), a left-hander who a year ago was pitching for UCLA in the College World Series, allowed four hits and three walks.
Detroit's Damion Easley went 0-for-4, ending his AL season-best hitting streak at 19 games.
Frank Castillo (2-3) took the loss.
INDIANS 8, BLUE JAYS 3: Cleveland scored four runs off Pat Hentgen in the fourth inning and Charles Nagy (7-2) pitched 6 1-3 solid innings for his fourth straight win.
Jim Thome and Mark Whiten hit solo homers and David Bell and Omar Vizquel had RBI singles in the fourth off Hentgen (7-4).
Carlos Delgado put the Blue Jays up 2-0 in the first with a 433-foot home run to right center.
Jose Mesa pitched the final two innings for his first save.
ANGELS 6, TWINS 5: Jason Dickson, an All-Star starter last season, allowed two hits in 4 1-3 innings of relief before Gary DiSarcina's sacrifice fly in the ninth lifted Anaheim.
Dickson (4-4), a 13-game winner in 1997, is now 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in five relief appearances since being demoted from the rotation on May 5. Troy Percival got his 14th save.
Justin Baughman tripled off Greg Swindell (0-2) leading off the ninth and DiSarcina followed with his sacrifice fly to right field.
Angels starter Jack McDowell allowed 10 hits and five runs in just 3 2-3 innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
ROYALS 10, ATHLETICS 4: Dean Palmer homered and Terry Pendleton and Mike Sweeney each had two hits in a seven-run seventh inning for Kansas City.
The Royals had a season-high 16 hits, including eight against five pitchers in the seventh when they turned a 4-2 deficit into a 9-4 lead.
Jeff King and Johnny Damon added solo homers for Kansas City to make a winner out of starter Tim Belcher (4-6).
The loss went to T.J. Mathews (3-4), who walked the only batter he faced in the game.
METS 8, PHILLIES 6: Bernard Gilkey hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning as the New York Mets won their ninth straight.
The Mets' winning streak is their longest since they won 10 in a row in 1990. New York, which has had at least 15 hits in five of its last six games, had a season-high 19 to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies.
After Carlos Baerga and Rey Ordonez singled in the eighth and advanced on on a throwing error by catcher Mark Parent, Gilkey singled them home to give the Mets a 7-6 lead.
Mel Rojas (3-0) pitched two shutout innings for the win, and John Franco pitched the ninth for his 12th save. Edgardo Alfonzo went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, while Mike Piazza had three singles for the Mets. Piazza has hit in all seven games since being acquired from Florida on May 27.
PIRATES 9, EXPOS 4: Jermaine Allensworth broke an 0-for-15 slide with a two-run double, keying a four-run fourth inning that carried Francisco Cordova and the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Montreal Expos.
Tony Womack added a triple and two RBIs to back Cordova's two-run pitching over seven innings as the Pirates won their second in a row since losing four straight.
Cordova (6-3), who hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his 12 starts, carried a shutout into the sixth inning before yielding DaRond Stovall's first major league homer and Rondell White's RBI double.
BREWERS 7, MARLINS 6: Darrin Jackson scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error as Milwaukee won its fifth straight and handed Florida its fifth consecutive loss.
Reliever Antonio Alfonseca (0-2) hit Jackson to start the eighth. After a sacrifice bunt by Eric Owens and walk by pinch-hitter Jeromy Burnitz, Fernando Vina lined a grounder to first baseman Derrek Lee.
Lee snared the ball and fired to second to force Burnitz, but shortstop David Berg's return throw sailed wide of first, allowing Jackson to score.
Brad Woodall (2-2) pitched two shutout innings for the win, and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his second save.
ROCKIES 7, ASTROS 5: Dante Bichette hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to give the Colorado Rockies a victory over the Houston Astros.
Bichette's blast off Doug Henry (3-2) helped the Rockies maintain their home mastery over the Astros, who are 6-21 in Denver.
Chuck McElroy (1-1) pitched two perfect innings for the win.
Pinch-hitter Jason Bates led off the ninth with a single. Pinch-runner Curtis Goodwin stole second, thanks to catcher Brad Ausmus' high throw, and was sacrificed to third by Neifi Perez.
After Ellis Burks popped out, Bichette homered into the bullpen in right-center.
Moises Alou homered twice and drove in four runs for the Astros. Vinny Castilla had a two-run homer and three RBIs for Colorado.
REDS 6, DODGERS 5: Dmitri Young's double off first baseman Eric Karros' glove with one out in the ninth drove in Barry Larkin with the winning run.
The Reds tied the game when Reggie Sanders hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Scott Radinsky (1-2), who blew his second save in three days and fourth of the season.
Larkin drew a one-out walk, and scored when Young's liner went off the glove of Karros and into foul territory. Young was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Danny Graves (1-0), who retired the Dodgers in order in the eighth, earned the victory. Jeff Shaw pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
Bret Boone drove in the first four Cincinnati runs with a pair of two-run homers.
PADRES 7, CARDINALS 3: Tony Gwynn drove in three runs on two doubles to help Kevin Brown dig out of a hole and win his second straight start.
Mark McGwire didn't homer, but had a two-run single in the first as the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead against Brown (5-3). McGwire finished 1-for-4 and struck out twice.
McGwire ended May with a major league-leading 27 homers, eclipsing by three Ken Griffey Jr.'s year-old record for most homers through the first two months of the season.
Brown allowed seven hits and three runs in eight innings. He also matched his season high with eight strikeouts.
GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4: Kirk Rueter pitched seven strong innings, and Brian Johnson homered twice as the San Francisco Giants won their third straight.
Rueter (7-3) allowed one run on six hits, struck out five and moved into a tie for the NL lead in wins.
Jeff Suppan (1-6) went five innings and allowed five runs on six hits, including both homers by Johnson.
Arizona's top offensive threats, Matt Williams and Travis Lee, were a combined 0-for-8.