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Yanks end 4-game skid against Jays

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NEW YORK — Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill and the New York Yankees picked up their World Series rings, then went out and played like champions.

Martinez and O'Neill homered into the upper deck in the fourth inning and the Yankees ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Sunday.

Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada also homered as the Yankees avoided a season-high fifth straight loss.

"I think seeing that we were oh-for-our-last-four did more to stimulate us" than the rings, manager Joe Torre said.

Alex Gonzalez homered twice and Brad Fullmer also connected for Toronto, which had won three in a row.

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra presented the three-carat diamond rings in a pregame ceremony. The jewelry includes the words "Tradition" and "Pride" and features three subway cars — representing the Yankees' victory over the Mets in the Subway Series for their third straight title.

"It's been so long ago, it's almost an afterthought. Right now we're in another pennant race," O'Neill said. "Hopefully, it won't be the last one we receive."

WHITE SOX 13, RED SOX 8: At Chicago, Paul Konerko homered for the third straight game, and Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer.

Chicago, which stole seven bases — its most in 15 years — took a 5-0 lead, but Boston closed to 6-5 and 8-7 before Lee homered in the seventh.

Tim Wakefield (6-5) had trouble controlling his knuckleball and lost his third straight start, allowing six runs — five earned — five hits and five walks in three-plus innings.

INDIANS 6, TIGERS 3: At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon (9-7), pitching while appealing a seven-game suspension, allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings and Jim Thome hit a three-run homer.

Cleveland closed within one game of Minnesota, the AL Central leader, the Indians' smallest deficit since June 29.

Thome hit his 31st homer off Jeff Weaver (9-9) and Roberto Alomar had two RBIs for the Indians. John Rocker, who recently lost his closer's job, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Bob Wickman worked the ninth.

MARINERS 6, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Mark McLemore had four RBIs and Paul Abbott (9-2) took a two-hit shutout into the ninth as Seattle won its third straight over Minnesota.

Abbott, 7-0 in 11 starts since May 28, was bidding for his first shutout in 113 career starts before David Ortiz's two-run single in the ninth. Jeff Nelson finished the six-hitter.

Minnesota has lost eight of 11 since the All-Star break. Rookie Kyle Lohse (3-2) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

ANGELS 9, ORIOLES 4: At Baltimore, Scott Spiezio hit a bases-loaded triple in a four-run seventh as Anaheim extended its winning streak to six — its longest since 1998 — in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Tony Batista homered for the Orioles, who have lost a season-high tying six straight and 13 of 15.

Ben Weber (5-1), who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, and Lou Pote got his second save with three scoreless innings. Willis Roberts (7-8) was the loser.

DEVIL RAYS 7, RANGERS 4: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Greg Vaughn hit a grand slam off Pat Mahomes with two outs in the seventh after Juan Moreno (1-1) loaded the bases with a walk to Ben Grieve.

Tanyon Sturtze (5-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings. Esteban Yan finished for his 11th save.

Ivan Rodriguez tied a Texas record by reaching 20 homers for the fifth straight season. Alex Rodriguez added his 27th homer.