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Yankees, O’Leary keep streaking

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By baseball standards, there are certainly more impressive streaks, such as those set by Cal Ripken and Joe DiMaggio.

The New York Yankees and Troy O'Leary, though, have plenty to be proud of.The Yankees tied a major league record Sunday by playing their 24th straight series and not losing any of them. New York matched the mark by beating Cleveland 4-2 in a set shortened to one game because of rain.

"It was difficult for both teams over the whole weekend," David Cone said after winning for the ninth time in 10 starts. "It was a big series, and we've just been sitting around all weekend waiting for it to happen."

O'Leary, meanwhile, posted his sixth consecutive two-hit game. He singled home the winning run in the 10th inning at Fenway Park to lift the Boston Red Sox over Tampa Bay 3-2.

"I got lucky," O'Leary said.

The Yankees lead the majors with a 47-14 record. They joined the 1912 Red Sox and the 1970 Cincinnati Reds as the only teams to win or split 24 straight series in a season.

The Yankees have lost only one series, dropping their first two games of the season at Anaheim. They can set the major league record in a three-game series that began Monday night at Baltimore.

RED SOX 3, DEVIL RAYS 2, 10 INNINGS: Boston won its fourth in a row when O'Leary singled with one out in the 10th.

Baseball research is incomplete, by the way, on the major league record for consecutive multi-hit games.

RANGERS 4, ANGELS 2: Rick Helling pitched eight strong innings and Mike Simms homered and drove in three runs as host Texas stopped its three-game losing streak.

ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 3, 10 INNINGS: Oakland rallied against Seattle's relievers for three runs in the seventh inning, then won it in the 10th on third baseman Russ Davis' error.

Alex Rodriguez, David Segui and Glenallen Hill homered for the visiting Mariners.

ROYALS 2, TIGERS 0: Glendon Rusch scattered seven hits in his first major league shutout as Kansas City won at home.

TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1: LaTroy Hawkins pitched seven effective innings and, despite again getting little run support, led Minnesota over Chicago at the Metrodome.

Hawkins (4-6) allowed only four hits and won for the first time since May 23. The Twins average just two runs per game in Hawkins' six losses, but two runs were plenty against the White Sox.

Todd Walker homered on the second pitch of the game from Jaime Navarro (5-8).

BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 4: Ed Sprague hit a three-run homer and Roger Clemens struggled for his seventh victory as Toronto beat visiting Baltimore.