Derek Jeter returned from a three-game absence to hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees overcame the loss of starter Kevin Brown by rallying past the Colorado Rockies 7-5 Wednesday night.
The Yankees won their 12th straight interleague game, the longest streak in the majors since AL vs. NL regular-season play began in 1997. Colorado lost its fourth in a row overall.
Jeter, sidelined by tightness in his left groin, Bernie Williams and Gary Sheffield homered as New York came back from an early 5-0 hole. The Yankees won when trailing by at least four runs for the sixth time this season; they did not do it once last year.
Brown was forced to leave after only two innings because of stiffness in his lower back — possibly a bad sign for the Yankees.
Brown is a six-time All-Star and earned his 200th career win in April. But the 39-year-old righty has been beset by back problems, going on the disabled list six times in the previous five years, and his health has been a major concern for the Yankees.
Joe Kennedy (4-4) took a 5-4 lead into the seventh, and Miguel Cairo led off with a double for the third of his career high-tying four hits.
Jeter followed by lining a full-count pitch over the center-field fence for his eighth homer, and he responded to a standing ovation by taking a curtain call.
With the crowd of 38,013 still cheering, Williams homered into the right-field seats.
Paul Quantrill (5-2) pitched one inning and got the victory. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 25th save in 26 chances.
Brown began the second by walking Vinny Castilla, the first walk allowed by Yankees starters in four games. Singles by Jeromy Burnitz and Matt Holliday made it 1-0, and rookie Choo Freeman hit an RBI single, with another run scoring on Sheffield's throwing error from right field.
Aaron Miles added an RBI single in the hole — Jeter left the spot vacant when he ran to second, anticipating a pickoff throw — and Brown was done after retiring Royce Clayton to end the inning.
Tanyon Sturtze relieved to begin the third and walked Mark Sweeney with the bases loaded to make it 5-0. Todd Greene followed by grounding into a double play, limiting the damage. Sturtze pitched four effective innings.
Kennedy's throwing error set up the Yankees' four-run rally in the third.
With two on and none out, Kennedy fielded Williams' one-hopper, whirled and threw to second base. But instead of Colorado getting an easy double play, the ball split the Rockies' middle infielders and a run scored.
BLUE JAYS 4, DODGERS 0: At Toronto, Miguel Batista (4-4) pitched a four-hitter for his third career shutout, striking out a season-high eight and walking two.
Howie Clark homered, one day after hitting his first major league home run.
Los Angeles has scored just one run in its last two games. The Dodgers have lost three straight and been blanked five time this season.
Jose Lima (4-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.
INDIANS 8, MARLINS 1: At Cleveland, Jake Westbrook (5-2) allowed one run and six hits in eight inning, and Casey Blake homered.
The Indians got past Florida for the first time since winning Game 6 of the 1997 World Series. The Marlins won Game 7 in 11 innings, swept a three-game series at home in 2002 and took the opener of this three-game set Tuesday night on two ninth-inning homers off the foul pole at Jacobs Field.
A.J. Burnett (0-2) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings, losing for the first time in 10 interleague starts.
ORIOLES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Baltimore, Miguel Tejada hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Stephen Randolph (1-1) in a five-run seventh, and Luis Matos added a two-run shot.
Melvin Mora scored a career-high four runs for the Orioles, who won for only the sixth time in 18 games.
TWINS 5, METS 3: At Minneapolis, Johan Santana (3-4) struck out 10 and walked none, allowing one run and six hits in seven inning to end his four-game losing streak. Joe Nathan got four outs for his 16th save.
Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer, and Matthew LeCroy followed with a home run as Minnesota won its third straight.
Gerald Williams hit his first major league homer in more than three years and Mike Piazza drove in two runs for the Mets, who have dropped four of five.
Steve Trachsel (5-5) gave up five runs and eight hits in seven innings.
DEVIL RAYS 4, GIANTS 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 10th inning after Tyler Walker (4-1) walked the bases loaded.
Danys Baez (2-1) pitched two innings for the victory after blowing a save for the first time in 12 chances.
The Giants scored twice in the ninth, with pinch-hitter Michael Tucker singling home a run and the other crossing when Duston Mohr grounded into San Francisco's fifth double play.
PHILLIES 13, WHITE SOX 10: At Chicago, Bobby Abreu homered twice and Eric Milton won his third straight start to lead Philadalphia over Chicago.
Abreu hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run shot in a seven-run fourth for the Phillies, who had lost six of eight. Jim Thome added his third homer in two games for Philadelphia.
The teams combined to hit eight home runs a game after combing for nine in the White Sox's 14-11 win. The 17 home runs over a two-game span set a U.S. Cellular Field record.
TIGERS 4, BRAVES 2: At Detroit, Eric Munson and Carlos Guillen homered, sending Detroit to a victory over Atlanta.
Craig Dingman got his first major league win, pitching three scoreless innings of relief in a game delayed by rain for 2 hours, 24 minutes in the second inning.
Chipper Jones and Eli Marrero homered for Atlanta, which dropped back to .500.
The Tigers won for only the fifth time in 16 games.
PADRES 8, RED SOX 1: At Boston, Brian Lawrence pitched five innings of shutout ball to help San Diego spoil Nomar Garciaparra's return to the Red Sox.
Neither Lawrence (8-3) nor Garciaparra remained in the game after a rain delay of 2 hours, 21 minutes, which came in the middle of the sixth.
Garciaparra missed the first 57 games of the season with Achilles' tendinitis, but he returned to a rousing cheer from the sold-out crowd at Fenway. The All-Star waved and saluted the fans when he took his position in the first and got a standing ovation when he singled in his first at-bat of the 2004 season.
ASTROS 3, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Wade Miller pitched the Houston Astros to their second straight shutout of the Seattle Mariners, combining with three relievers for a shutout.
Jeff Kent blooped a single to center in the eighth inning, extending his career-best hitting streak to 24 games and tying the Astros' record set by Tony Eusebio in 2000.
BREWERS 12, ANGELS 2: At Anaheim, Bill Hall drove in three runs, Brady Clark tied a career high with four hits and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Anaheim Angels.
The Brewers, who beat Anaheim 1-0 in 17 innings Tuesday night and tied a major league record by striking out 26 times, got 17 hits in this one to send the Angels to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 14 games.
Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double, Geoff Jenkins also had two RBIs and Keith Ginter capped a five-run eighth with a two-run single.
ATHLETICS 17, REDS 8: At Oakland, Damian Miller drove in four runs, off a homer and a double, to power a 22-hit attack for the victorious A's.