Yankees win fifth straight

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

TORONTO -- Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for their fifth straight win, 7-5 Monday over the Toronto Blue Jays.

New York, a season-high 9 1/2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East, rallied from a 5-2 deficit on Derek Jeter's RBI single in the seventh and Enrique Wilson's two-run double in the eighth off Paul Quantrill.

Indians 6, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia won his fifth straight decision, and Ellis Burks hit a three-run homer as Cleveland beat Chicago.

Sabathia (15-4) allowed three runs and three hits in eight innings to become the first Indians rookie to win at least 15 games since Herb Score won 16 in 1955. Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 28th save.

Athletics 4, Orioles 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson retired his first 14 batters and pitched eight innings of three-hit ball as Oakland beat Baltimore.

Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer for the A's, who won for the eighth time in nine games.

Mariners 3, Devil Rays 2

SEATTLE -- The Mariners became the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season, wrapping up at least the AL wild card with a 3-2 win in 11 innings over Tampa Bay.

Stan Javier's run-scoring infield single won it for the record-chasing Mariners (99-39), who are on pace to match the all-time wins record of 116 set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906.

Seattle became the fastest team to clinch a postseason bid since 1998, when the New York Yankees wrapped up a playoff spot on Aug. 29. The Mariners are also chasing New York's AL record of 114 wins that season.

Seattle's magic number to clinch the AL West is seven.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th on Ben Grieve's solo homer off Jeff Nelson. But Mark McLemore's two-out RBI single off Esteban Yan (4-6) tied it in the bottom half.

Norm Charlton (3-1) got two outs in the 11th for the win.

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