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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Juan Rivera hit a three-run homer and Todd Zeile added an RBI double as the New York Yankees scored four times in the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-9 Tuesday night.

Jason Anderson (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for his first major league victory. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 opportunities as the Yankees won for just the second time in 28 tries when trailing after eight innings.

Tampa Bay wasted Marlon Anderson's first career grand slam, which put them ahead 8-6 in the seventh inning. The Devil Rays added another run in the seventh on third baseman Robin Ventura's fielding error, but closer Lance Carter (4-3) couldn't hold the three-run lead.

Raul Mondesi doubled to lead off the ninth and John Flaherty reached on an infield single before Juan Rivera, batting ninth, hit his first homer of the season to straightaway center.

Carter hit Derek Jeter with a pitch one out later, and Zeile — replacing Jason Giambi, who left in the seventh with a bruised right forearm — doubled into the gap in right-center to drive in the go-ahead run and snap a 1-for-27 skid.

RANGERS 7, ATHLETICS 6: Arlington, Texas, Carl Everett hit a three-run homer, Mark Teixeira had three RBIs and Mario Ramos earned his first major league victory as the Texas Rangers halted an eight-game losing streak by holding off the Oakland Athletics.

Just hours earlier, the Rangers reached agreement to trade two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez to Montreal — but his attorney, Jeff Moorad, said the slugger "in all likelihood" would reject the deal.

Expos general manager Omar Minaya, who has a long history with Gonzalez, was to meet with the slugger Wednesday in Texas.

Gonzalez has 72 hours to exercise his no-trade clause. His window of decision begins at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday. He did not appear in Tuesday night's game.

The A's rallied for four runs in the ninth on Terrence Long's RBI single and Mark Ellis' run-scoring triple off Brian Shouse, then Eric Byrnes' two-run homer off closer Ugueth Urbina.

After Scott Hatteberg doubled, Urbina struck out Miguel Tejada for his 19th save in 23 chances. Urbina blew a save in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the A's.

RED SOX 10, TIGERS 1: In Boston, Nomar Garciaparra went 5-for-5 and Derek Lowe pitched eight strong innings o lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers.

Garciaparra singled five times and scored three runs before he was removed for a pinch-runner in the seventh. The only other time in his career he has had at least five hits in a game was Saturday, when he went 6-for-6 in a 13-inning game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kevin Millar matched a career high with four hits and five RBIs for Boston, which had 17 hits to win its fifth consecutive home game.

ROYALS 3, INDIANS 1: Chris George pitched out of trouble for most of his 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night and the Kansas City Royals won another game in the AL Central.

George (9-4), who is among the league leaders in wins despite a 6.18 ERA, allowed one run and seven hits to win his fourth straight start.

The left-hander walked three, struck out three and was on the ropes from his first pitch.

ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4: In Toronto, Jeff Conine and Tony Batista homered as the Baltimore Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 23rd homer in the ninth inning for the Blue Jays. He leads the majors with 81 RBIs — the most ever by a Toronto player before the All-Star break.

WHITE SOX 2, TWINS 1: Esteban Loaiza pitched eight impressive innings to move into a tie for the major league lead in wins for the Chicago White Sox.

Loaiza (11-2) allowed only an unearned run and six hits, striking out six and walking one. He joined Toronto's Roy Halladay and Colorado's Shawn Chacon as the only pitchers in the majors with 11 wins.

The White Sox crept within 4 1/2 games of Minnesota and Kansas City.