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Bernie’s bombs help Yanks keep pace with Boston

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NEW YORK — Bernie Williams hit a pair of two-run homers and Tino Martinez also connected Saturday as the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-4.

New York churned its roster some more during the game, acquiring reliever Mark Wohlers from Cincinnati for prospect Ricardo Aramboles.

Gerald Williams, signed by New York on Thursday, made the first appearance of his second tour with the Yankees when he pinch hit for Paul O'Neill in the eighth inning with Tampa Bay leading 4-3.

Gerald Williams walked against Doug Creek (2-2) and Bernie Williams followed with his second homer of the game.

Ramiro Mendoza, Mike Stanton (6-2) and Mariano Rivera combined for 5 1/3 innings of five-hit relief. Rivera got his 26th save.

ATHLETICS 15, RANGERS 4: Miguel Tejada homered three times and drove in a career-high eight runs and Erik Hiljus earned his first major league victory as Oakland routed Texas.

Tejada, who was 4-for-5, hit a first-inning grand slam, a three-run shot in the second and a solo homer in the ninth to spark the slumping Oakland offense. He has 16 homers this season.

Backed by 12 runs in the first four innings, Hiljus (1-0) cruised, allowing three runs and six hits over seven innings in his first major league start.

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 3: Tom Lampkin hit a tiebreaking solo homer and Denny Stark won in his first major league start as Seattle beat Anaheim.

Stark (1-0), who made five relief appearances in 1999, allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kazuhiro Sasaki got three outs for his major league-leading 28th save.

RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 5: David Cone pitched six effective innings to win his fourth straight decision and lead Boston past Toronto.

Staked to a 6-0 lead in the second inning, Cone (4-1) allowed two runs — one earned — and eight hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked none.

TWINS 3, TIGERS 2: Joe Mays scattered four hits over eight innings to become the AL's second 10-game winner as Minnesota handed Detroit its seventh straight loss.

Doug Mientkiewicz had two hits and scored two runs for Minnesota, 9-2 against Detroit and 27-13 in games against the AL Central.

Mays (10-5) allowed two runs, walked two and struck out four. After going 13-26 in his first two major league seasons, Mays is third in the AL with a 3.03 ERA and trails only New York's Roger Clemens (11-1) in victories. Eddie Guardado got his third save.

Chris Holt (6-7) took the loss.

ROYALS 11, INDIANS 7: Mike Sweeney and Carlos Beltran each hit two of Kansas City's five home runs as the Royals won their fifth straight game.

Juan Gonzalez hit two of Cleveland's four homers — giving him 42 career multihomer games. It was the fourth time this year that nine homers were hit in a game.

WHITE SOX 4, ORIOLES 1: Paul Konerko and Herbert Perry homered, and James Baldwin pitched five scoreless innings as Chicago beat Baltimore.

Since falling to 14-29 on May 23, the White Sox have gone 24-10.