David Cone became the second 12-game winner in the AL as the New York Yankees matched the best 81-game start in major league history with a 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
New York won its sixth straight, 10th in the last 11 games and improved to 61-20 matching the record of the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1907 Chicago Cubs.Cone (12-2) allowed seven hits in eight innings and struck out four. He did not issue a walk for the third straight start. Mariano Rivera got his 22nd save.
The Yankees scored the only run in the third when Scott Erickson (8-7) hit Chad Curtis with the bases loaded.
BLUE JAYS 2, DEVIL RAYS 1: Roger Clemens struck out seven to become only the 11th pitcher to get 3,000 strikeouts as Toronto swept the three-game series.
Clemens, who got a no-decision, allowed one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, leaving after allowing consecutive walks to Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs. He has 3,002 strikeouts in his career.
Tony Fernandez hit an RBI single in the eighth of Rock White (1-4) to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
Paul Quantrill (1-3) got the win and Randy Myers pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.
RED SOX 15, WHITE SOX 14: John Valentin's RBI single broke a seventh-inning tie and Boston recovered after blowing an eight-run lead.
Troy O'Leary had four hits and Valentin, Mike Benjamin and Darren Bragg each had three for Boston, which has scored 15 runs three of its last four games.
Carlos Reyes (1-0) earned the victory, pitching a scoreless seventh before putting two on with no out in the eighth. Tom Gordon got his 25th save despite allowing a three-run homer to Wilfredo Cordero in the eighth.
Bob Howry (0-1) took the loss, but the real damage was done by Chicago starter Jaime Navarro, who allowed eight runs on nine hits in two-plus innings.
INDIANS 12, ROYALS 3: Manny Ramirez hit two home runs for the second time in three days, including a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning, to lead Cleveland.
All-Star first baseman Jim Thome and David Bell also homered and Travis Fryman had four hits for the Indians.
Ramirez's 10th career two-homer game backed Cleveland starter Jaret Wright, who was ejected in the seventh inning after throwing a pitch over the head of Larry Sutton. Wright (8-5) allowed just three hits and two runs in six-plus innings.
Glendon Rusch (6-10) took the loss.
TWINS 5, TIGERS 4: LaTroy Hawkins struggled but won his first game in three weeks, as Minnesota salvaged the final game of their three-game series.
Todd Walker hit his seventh homer off Brian Moehler (8-6) and Ron Coomer drove in two runs for the Twins, who enter the All-Star break in second place in the AL Central, 101/2 games behind Cleveland.
Hawkins (5-8) allowed seven hits and four runs - three earned - in five innings, working out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth to gain the win. Rick Aguilera pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 4: Kevin Mitchell homered in the eighth to the game and walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to force in the winning run.
Ryan Christenson led off the ninth with a double off Troy Percival (1-3). After Rickey Henderson walked, Bournigal sacrificed the runners to second and third. Percival intentionally walked Ben Grieve, before walking Mitchell on a 3-2 pitch to score the winning run.
It was the fourth straight win for Oakland, which swept the Angels in Anaheim for the first time since 1991. The Angels have lost five straight but head into the All-Star break atop the AL West.
BRAVES 3, METS 2 : Michael Tucker scored on a close play at the plate on a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning Sunday, giving the Braves a three-game sweep of New York.
Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that Tucker slid under the tag, and reliever John Franco, catcher Mike Piazza and manager Bobby Valentine protested vehemently. Television replays were inconclusive.
It was the Braves' season-high eighth straight win.
Rudy Seanez (1-0) got the victory with one scoreless inning of relief. John Franco, who hit two batters in the 11th, took the loss.
REDS 6, CARDINALS 1: The St. Louis Cardinals again failed to turn a double play, setting up Cincinnati's winning rally in a victory that gave the Reds a three-game sweep.
Rookie second baseman Placido Polanco missed the base with his foot while making a pivot in the sixth, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Brook Fordyce followed with a bases-loaded single for a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals' up-the-middle defense played a big role in the series. They failed to turn a double play once every game, setting up a rally each time.
Brett Tomko (8-6) allowed one run on six hits in six innings to win his third consecutive start. Kent Mercker (5-6) took the loss.
MARLINS 2, EXPOS 1: Brian Meadows won his third straight decision and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to lead Florida over Montreal.
Meadows (7-6) allowed one run on nine hits, struck out five and walked one as Florida won for the fifth time in seven games. Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Montreal lost for the fifth time in its last six as Carlos Perez (6-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings in losing his sixth straight start.
PHILLIES 4, BREWERS 3: Scott Rolen hit a three-run homer and rookie Carlton Loewer allowed only three runs over seven innings as Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep.
The win gave the Phillies a 43-42 record at the All-Star break, the first time they've been over .500 at the break since 1995. The Brewers (also 43-42) have a winning record at the break for the first time since 1992.
Philadelphia scored the eventual winning run in the third against Cal Eldred (4-6) on doubles by Desi Relaford and Rico Brogna.
Loewer (3-1) gave up seven hits while walking none and striking out four.
CUBS 7, PIRATES 6: Jose Hernandez hit a tie-breaking two-run single with two outs in the eighth, completing a late comeback and giving the Cubs their fifth straight win.
The Cubs trailed 5-0 in the seventh before Hernandez hit a two-run single. In the eighth, Matt Mieske singled Mark Grace walked and Manny Alexander reached on an error. Rich Loiselle (1-6) walked Scott Servais to force in a run, and Jeff Blauser followed with a double down the right-field line to tie the game, 5-5.
Pinch-hitter Kevin Orie walked to load the bases, and Hernandez hit the next pitch to right-center to make it 7-5.
Dave Stevens (1-0) picked up the win with one inning of hitless relief.
ASTROS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Brad Ausmus drove in three runs, Moises Alou and Craig Biggio homered and Sean Bergman recorded his career-high eighth victory as Houston defeated Arizona.
Bergman (8-4) pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two runs while walking five and striking out two. Willie Blair (3-12) of Arizona suffered his major league-leading 12th loss.
Ausmus' two-run double gave Houston a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
Ausmus added a RBI single in the seventh to give Houston a 5-2 lead.
PADRES 7, ROCKIES 2: Greg Vaughn hit his 29th and 30th homers and Carlos Hernandez hit a three-run homer as San Diego completed a three-game sweep and moved a club-record 26 games above .500.
Vaughn, having a sensational season after struggling last year, is the 10th San Diego player to hit 30 homers and is just 11 shy of his career-best 41 set in 1996.
Another San Diego All-Star, right-hander Andy Ashby (11-5), got into the action by hitting an RBI double in his 50th win as a Padre.
Pedro Astacio (6-9) took the loss.
GIANTS 3, DODGERS 0: Brent Mayne broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning and San Francisco went on to blank archrival Los Angeles.
Shawn Estes (7-7) gave up eight hits but did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings. Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 25th save, tying him with three others for the major-league lead.
J.T. Snow walked to lead off the fifth, went to second on Charlie Hayes' single and scored on Mayne's single down the first base line. Rey Sanchez then hit into a double play that scored Hayes and gave the Giants a 2-0 lead.