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NEW YORK— Mike Piazza's two-out single off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning broke a scoreless tie and the Mets beat the Yankees 3-0 Saturday to end the World Series champions' nine-game winning streak.

After Piazza's hit, Timo Perez and Todd Zeile followed with RBI singles off Rivera (2-4).

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Torre said he was dropping Rivera from the AL All-Star roster because of an ankle injury and replacing him with Mariners reliever Jeff Nelson.

Desi Relaford started the winning rally with a two-out single, the Mets' first hit since the fifth inning. After Relaford stole second, Edgardo Alfonzo walked, bringing up Piazza.

Reliever John Franco (4-1) got the win. Armando Benitez earned his 18th save.

INDIANS 7, CARDINALS 6 (10): Jim Thome's homer on the first pitch of the 10th inning, his fourth home run in two games, lifted Cleveland.

Thome, who hit three two-run homers Friday night, walked in his first four at-bats before driving a fastball from Dave Veres (0-1) over the wall in right for his 26th homer.

Mark McGwire hit a grand slam — his 562nd career homer — for the Cardinals to move one behind Reggie Jackson for sixth place on the career homer list.

CUBS 10, TIGERS 6: Ron Coomer drove in five runs, and Eric Young had three hits and scored three runs to lead the Cubs to their third straight win.

Young is 8-for-15 during the winning streak, and has scored six runs in the last two games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 1998.

BLUE JAYS 9, EXPOS 8 (11): Pinch-hitter Tony Fernandez hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning for Toronto.

Raul Mondesi hit a one-out triple off Scott Strickland (1-4), who then intentionally walked both Carlos Delgado and Brad Fullmer to load the bases. Fernandez, batting for Alex Gonzalez, singled past a drawn-in infield.

DODGERS 2, MARINERS 1: Adrian Beltre homered with one out in the ninth inning as Los Angeles ended a streak of three shutout losses to Seattle.

Beltre drove an 0-1 pitch from reliever Jose Paniagua (3-2) to left-center for his seventh homer. It made a winner of Matt Herges (7-6), who pitched two hitless innings.

DEVIL RAYS 4, MARLINS 3: Albie Lopez stopped his 10-game losing streak with seven effective innings, and Fred McGriff went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Tampa Bay.

Lopez (4-11) allowed three runs and eight hits. He hadn't won since beating Kansas City on April 24.

RED SOX 3, BRAVES 1: Hideo Nomo pitched six innings of five-hit ball, and manager Jimy Williams earned his 400th victory in Boston.

Nomo (8-4) allowed one run, walked three and struck out five before he was lifted after a leadoff single in the seventh. When he saw Williams come out to the mound, Nomo slammed the ball into his glove and turned to face left field.

BREWERS 13, GIANTS 3: Jose Hernandez hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Jimmy Haynes (6-10) won for the first time since May 22 as Milwaukee beat San Francisco.

ANGELS 10, ROCKIES 3: Jarrod Washburn (7-4) won his sixth straight decision and also had three hits as Anaheim took advantage of struggling Colorado.

The Rockies, who have lost 15 of 18, were without All-Star outfielder Larry Walker, who has inflammation in his right elbow, and starter Denny Neagle pitched one inning before aggravating a strained right hamstring.

ASTROS 10, ROYALS 8: Jeff Bagwell tied a club record with seven RBIs as Houston beat Kansas City.

Bagwell went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles for the Astros, who scored four runs in each of the first two innings and won for the 10th time in their last 13 games.

ORIOLES 4, PHILLIES 3: Brady Anderson hit a bases-loaded triple in his first at-bat in 10 games as Baltimore snapped a four-game skid.

Chris Richard went 4-for-4 and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who improved to 2-4 against Philadelphia this season.

TWINS 7, REDS 6: Pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski hit a sac fly in the eighth inning for Minnesota, which has won 12 of 14 games and maintained a four-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Pierzynski's deep fly to right field off Hector Mercado easily scored Denny Hocking, who started the eighth with a double off reliever Jim Brower (4-6) and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Jacque Jones.

WHITE SOX 4, PIRATES 1: Kip Wells allowed four hits over a career-high 8 1/3 innings, and the Chicago White Sox hit four solo homers.

Chris Singleton, Mark Johnson, rookie Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko hit home runs for the White Sox, who are 3-6 on their 10-game homestand.

RANGERS 4, PADRES 3: Andres Galarraga and Gabe Kapler had consecutive pinch-hit RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Texas rallied to beat San Diego.

Bobby Jones (4-12) seemed to be headed for his first victory in 10 home starts, but blew a 3-0 lead by allowing two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to become the majors' first 12-game loser.

ATHLETICS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Tim Hudson scattered eight hits, and Johnny Damon was 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double Saturday night as Oakland beat Arizona.

Hudson lost his bid for his first shutout of the season when Jay Bell hit a two-out RBI double in the ninth. Hudson's outstanding performance came on the heels of Mark Mulder's one-hit, near-perfect masterpiece in Oakland's 3-0 victory the previous night.