Johnny Damon went 6-for-6 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying the New York Yankees to a wild 12-11 victory Saturday over the Kansas City Royals.
New York overcame a pair of four-run deficits and a huge game by Kansas City's Jose Guillen, who hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh and matched a franchise record with seven RBIs.
After David DeJesus put the Royals ahead 11-10 with a home run on the first pitch from Mariano Rivera (2-1) in the top of the ninth, Jorge Posada connected against Joakim Soria with one out in the bottom half to tie it.
With two outs, Wilson Betemit walked and Melky Cabrera reached on an infield single. Damon pulled a 3-1 pitch from Soria (0-1) into the right-field corner for his sixth hit, setting a career high and equaling a Yankees record now accomplished three times.
Myril Hoag also went 6-for-6 on June 6, 1934, at Boston, and Gerald Williams got six hits in a 15-inning game May 1, 1996, at Baltimore. Omar Vizquel is the only player besides Damon to get six hits in a game at Yankee Stadium, accomplishing the feat for Cleveland on Aug. 31, 2004.
Angels 5, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, California (AP) _ Jon Garland allowed two runs in seven-plus innings, Maicer Izturis hit a leadoff homer for the second straight game, and Los Angeles won its seventh straight game.
With the win, Los Angeles moved 5 1/2 games ahead of second place Oakland.
Garland (6-3) gave up five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and one walk to remain unbeaten in his last seven starts.
Francisco Rodriguez picked up his major league-leading 26th save in 27 opportunities despite a shaky ninth inning. The Angels' closer gave up a leadoff homer to Jack Cust, a double to Eric Chavez and walked Travis Buck with two outs before striking out Carlos Gonzalez to end the game.
Smith (3-5) took the loss for the A's, his fourth in five starts. Smith gave up five runs, four earned, and allowed seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
White Sox 11, Twins 2
CHICAGO (AP) _ Joe Crede hit two homers for the second straight game and had six RBIs to lead the White Sox to their fifth straight win.
Crede, who went 4-for-4 with two solo drives Friday night after missing a game with a sore wrist, had a pair of three-run homers as Chicago moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Twins in the AL Central.
Mark Buehrle (3-6) pitched eight innings to get his first win in three weeks in a matchup of the two biggest workhorses in the major leagues since 2001. Livan Hernandez (6-3), who lasted just four innings against Chicago, has pitched 1,684 innings in that span and Buehrle 1,658 1-3 innings.
Buehrle allowed a run and seven hits. Hernandez left after giving up seven runs and eight hits.
Red Sox 11, Mariners 3
BOSTON (AP) _ Manny Ramirez hit his 504th career homer and Tim Wakefield baffled most of Seattle's hitters for seven innings to lead the Red Sox over the Mariners.
Boston rebounded from Friday's 8-0 loss to Seattle for its seventh victory in nine games; and 16th of 18 at Fenway Park.
Ramirez tied Eddie Murray for 23rd on the career list with a two-run drive over the Green Monster seats. J.D. Drew homered, tripled and singled.
Wakefield (4-4) allowed two runs and five hits, just three of them beyond 30 feet. He struck out six and walked two.
Miguel Batista (3-7) gave up five runs _ four earned _ and four hits in 4 1-3 innings for Seattle. He's allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in the opening inning of his last seven starts.
Tigers 8, Indians 4
DETROIT (AP) _ Edgar Renteria's grand slam keyed a six-run eighth inning and Detroit ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland.
Zach Miner (3-3) pitched two innings in relief of starter Kenny Rogers. Todd Jones got the final out for his ninth save.
Masa Kobayashi (3-3) lost for Cleveland, which fell to 4-5 on an 11-game road trip.
In the eighth, he allowed a tying homer to Marcus Thames and Magglio Ordonez doubled two pitches later to bring Rafael Betancourt out of the bullpen, but Cabrera hit a line drive to left that seemed to fool Ben Francisco, sailing over his glove for an RBI single.
Carlos Guillen singled and a sacrifice put runners on second and third. Brandon Inge was intentionally walked, and Ryan Raburn struck out before Renteria hit his sixth career grand slam.
Orioles 9, Blue Jays 5
TORONTO (AP) _ Jay Payton had five RBIs, Jeremy Guthrie tossed seven strong innings and Baltimore earned its third straight win.
Guthrie (3-6) allowed one run and six hits to win for the first time since May 13 against Boston. He struck out six and walked none.
A.J. Burnett (5-6) gave up a season-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings and mockingly doffed his cap to the booing crowd as he walked off after being replaced by Brian Wolfe. Burnett, who is winless in three starts, walked four and equaled a season worst by allowing 10 hits.
Vernon Wells went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return from the disabled list, but it wasn't enough to help the Blue Jays avoid their third straight loss.
Rays 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Willy Aybar hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay held on to beat Texas for the second straight night.
Rangers reliever Joaquin Benoit (3-2) allowed two runs and two hits with two walks in one inning for the Rangers, who've lost five of their last seven.
Milton Bradley hit a solo homer and an RBI double for the Rangers. Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 22 games, longest in the majors this season and three short of his career high.
J.P. Howell (5-0) pitched two innings of one-hit shutout relief for the victory. Dan Wheeler, subbing for injured closer Troy Percival, got four outs for his second save in as many chances.