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Blue Jays fly away with Yanks sweep

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL New York's slump at Yankee Stadium is its worst since it lost 10 straight in 1986. The Yankees have lost 11 of their last 12 games at home


Detroit Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago, turns the double play forcing out Chicago White Sox designated hitter Frank Thomas at second base in the 12th inning at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday. A Tigers error on the next play led to a White Sox victory over the Tigers, 8-5 in 12 innings.


The Yankees lost their seventh straight home game Sunday, losing 5-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays completed their first four-game sweep ever against New York.

Jeff Weaver unraveled after an error by Alfonso Soriano and the Yankees stumbled into Roger Clemens' start against Boston on Monday on a season-high fourth straight loss. The skid has dropped New York 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Boston lost 6-4 to Cleveland.

Clemes is one win away from his 300th.

"All our eggs are in one basket and that's Roger," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "The ironic part is we need a win and he's not too bad to send out there."

New York's slump at Yankee Stadium is its worst since it lost 10 straight in 1986. New York has lost 11 of the last 12 at home.

"It can only get better. It can't get much worse than it's been," Yankees star Derek Jeter said.

Greg Myers hit a two-run double and Josh Phelps also drove in two runs as the Blue Jays finished off an 8-2 road trip. The sweep over the Yankees came in Toronto's 27th season.

"If you started out a four-game series here with the idea you're going to win them all, it would seem unreasonable. To win them all is kind of special," Myers said.

Torre dramatically changed his lineup, trying to spark his floundering team. Jeter did fine as the new leadoff man, hitting a home run and a single. Soriano also went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth while hitting in the third slot for the first time in his major league career.

The Yankees stranded 12 runners, including at least one in every inning. New York also got a hit in every inning, but went 0-for-18 with runners on base.

"We like to think we're something special," Torre said. "When you're winning, it's play. Now, it's a little more work."

Doug Davis (2-3), claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays on April 30 after being cut by Texas, pitched five innings and ended his three-game losing streak. He held New York to one run, working around six hits and two walks.

"It was my first time pitching here, and it was great. And it was great to contribute to the four-game sweep," Davis said.

In other AL games, it was Minnesota 3, Seattle 1; Baltimore 13, Texas 10; Oakland 4, Kansas City 3; Anaheim 6, Tampa Bay 1; and Chicago 8, Detroit 5.

Kevin Brown took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning Sunday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Los Angeles starters are 10-0 with a 1.62 ERA during the run, and the Dodgers held Milwaukee scoreless for 24 innings before Geoff Jenkins' sacrifice fly in the ninth.

"It's a matter of pressure -- when everybody is pitching well the pressure is less," Brown said. "Even if I have an off day, you know the next guy is pitching well. It's not do-or-die."

Fred McGriff hit his 486th homer in the sixth inning, a two-run shot off Ben Sheets (4-4). Paul Lo Duca added a three-run drive in the eighth for the Dodgers, who pulled within a half-game of first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

Brown (6-1) struck out eight and walked one in winning his fifth consecutive decision over seven starts since April 18.

"It was not a nice day to be a Milwaukee Brewer hitter," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "It's no fun to be a hitter against that guy."

Expos 5, Phillies 3

In Montreal, Brian Schneider hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh and Javier Vazquez pitched seven strong innings in Montreal's last game at Olympic Stadium until June 20.

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