The Blue Jays have been spoiling a lot of people's fun lately, and Sunday they wrecked what David Cone hoped would be a big day.
Cone, bidding for his first 20-win season in 10 years, was stymied as Toronto rallied for a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees and moved within three games of Boston in the AL wild-card race.Toronto took three of four from the AL East champion Yankees, and with their 14th win in 16 games, the Blue Jays are as close to the Red Sox as they've been since May 30.
New York, meanwhile, continued its late-season slide. The Yankees are 5-8 in their last 13 and 11-14 in their last 25 games. Derek Jeter drove in two runs for New York.
Kelvim Escobar (6-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Toronto's bullpen combined for scoreless relief the rest of the way. Dan Plesac struck out Paul O'Neill with two runners on in the seventh, and Robert Person, Toronto's fifth reliever, pitched the ninth for his fourth save, retiring Shane Spencer on a flyout to end the game with two on.
Shannon Stewart and Jose Cruz, Jr. homered for Toronto, which chased Cone (19-6) with a three-run sixth.
TIGERS 4, RED SOX 1: Not even Steve Avery's turn in the rotation could end the Red Sox slide, with Tony Clark's tie-breaking three-run homer leading Detroit.
The loss was Boston's eighth in 10 games, with the only two wins coming on days Avery has started. The Red Sox were 14-0 in games that Avery had gone at least five innings.
With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, Brian Hunter reached on Nomar Garciaparra's fielding error and Juan Encarnacion singled off Greg Swindell (5-6). Clark followed by driving the next pitch over the left-field screen for his 32nd homer of the year.
INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 3: Richie Sexson hit a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning as Cleveland avoided a sweep at the hands of Chicago.
Sparked by a second day of brushback wars and a bench-clearing brawl, the Indians scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to reduce their magic number for clinching a fourth straight AL Central title to four.
Sexson, the rookie replacing the injured Jim Thome, hit his ninth homer to dead center on a 3-2 pitch.
DEVIL RAYS 10, RANGERS 5: Wade Boggs hit his fourth career grand slam and Tampa Bay again
played the spoiler role.The expansion team took two of three games from Texas, which remained one game behind division-leading Anaheim in the AL West after the Angels' 12-7 loss to Baltimore.
Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers became the first AL player since 1949 to reach 150 RBIs in a season, hitting his 42nd homer, a two-run shot in the third inning. That raised his total to 151 RBIs, the most since Vern Stephens and Ted Williams each drove in 159 in 1949.
ORIOLES 12, ANGELS 7: Rafael Palmeiro had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run as Baltimore squandered a six-run lead before completing a three-game sweep.
Despite the loss, the Angels maintained their one-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
Harold Baines went 4-for-4 and scored twice.
Anaheim, looking for its first winning September since 1991, is 4-6 this month. Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon homered for the Angels, who suffered their fourth three-game sweep of the year.
ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 6 Ben Grieve hit a three-run homer off Rick Aguilera (3-8) in the 12th as Oakland finished off a three-game sweep.
After Ryan Christenson struck out, Jason Giambi and Matt Stairs singled off Aguilera and Grieve followed with his 16th homer, a shot to right-center field.
Mark Holzemer (1-0) pitched one inning for his first win since 1996 with the Angels, and Billy Taylor got three outs for his 31st save.
MARINERS-ROYALS (cncld): Seattle and Kansas City was canceled because of rain. The game will not be made up since it was the final contest scheduled between the two.
CUBS 11, BREWERS 10 : Sammy Sosa tied Mark McGwire for the home run record, connecting twice to raise his total to 62.
Sosa homered off Bronswell Patrick in the fifth inning and Eric Plunk in the ninth, sending both balls onto the street behind the left-field fence at Wrigley Field. Sosa has four homers in his last three games.
With Sosa on deck, Mark Grace hit the game-winning homer off Al Reyes (5-1). Rod Beck (3-2) pitched one inning for the win, which kept the Cubs one game ahead of the Mets in the NL wild-card race.
METS 1, EXPOS 0: Brian McRae threw out Shane Andrews at home to end the game and doubled in the only run. Willie Blair (5-16) and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.
Blair (5-16) struck out six and walked two in 7 1-3 innings, and John Franco got three outs fir his 36th save.
Todd Hundley, activated from the disabled list Saturday, played his first game at catcher since last Sept. 16. Hundley blocked the plate on McRae's game-saving throw and walked three times in four plate appearances.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3: Barry Bonds erased a 3-1 deficit when he hit a three-run homer off long-time nemesis Chuck McElroy (6-4) in the eighth inning. Bonds had been just 1-for-29 against the pitcher.
San Francisco, which stopped Colorado's seven-game winning streak, remained 31/2 games behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race. John Johnstone (4-5) pitched a perfect eighth, and Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 36th.
DODGERS 5, PADRES 4: A day after San Diego clinched the NL West, Bobby Bonilla hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 10th off Donne Wall (5-4).
Tony Gwynn, who missed the last four games with a sprained ligament in his right thumb, was the only regular in San Diego's starting lineup and was 0-for-3.
Eric Weber (1-0) pitched the ninth, and Jeff Shaw got three outs for his 43rd save.
MARLINS 6, BRAVES 5: Jesus Sanchez (7-8) struck out a career-high 10 in seven-plus innings as Florida prevented Atlanta from clinching its seventh straight division title.
The Marlins beat the Braves 6-5 by scoring four runs in the seventh off Odalis Perez (0-1) and two runs with no hits in the eighth off Adam Butler.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, REDS 0: Andy Benes' bid to pitch Arizona's first no-hitter was broken up with one out in the ninth on rookie Sean Casey's single.
Benes (13-13), trying to pitch the first no-hitter for an expansion team since Montreal's Bill Stoneman against Philadelphia in 1969, allowed the one hits in 8 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked five. Gregg Olson got the last two outs for his 28th save.
Jason Bere (1-2) allowed four hits in six innings, and struck out five.
PHILLIES 4, PIRATES 1: Bobby Abreu broke a tie with a two-run, upper-deck homer to right field and Paul Byrd (4-2) allowed three hits in seven innings.
Mark Leiter pitched two shutout innings for his 23rd save. Francisco Cordova (12-13) was the loser.