IMMEDIATE PAYOFF

Richie Sexson hit an RBI single in his first at-bat with the Yankees. The Yankees signed the big first baseman who was released by Seattle last week. Sexson slumped badly against right-handed pitching with the Mariners, but hit .344 with five home runs in 71 at-bats against lefties this year.

LOSING

Greg Maddux allowed six runs in four innings of San Diego's 11-7 loss to St. Louis, the shortest outing for the 42-year-old right-hander since last September. He is 0-5 in 13 starts since May 16, tying the longest victory drought of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

SURGE STOPPED

The Mets' 10-game winning streak ended with a 5-2 loss to the Reds.