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David McCarty rises up to give A's win

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Fresh out of the minors as a replacement for Scott Hatteberg at first base, McCarty hit a pair of doubles and then drove in the winning run

AP , OAKLAND, CALIFORNIAAND NEW YORK

Jay Payton, right, of the Rockies steals second base ahead of the tag by Ray Durham of the Giants during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AFP

David McCarty doubled twice and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of his Oakland debut yesterday to lead the Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

McCarty, starting in place of Scott Hatteberg at first base, was called up Tuesday from minor league team Sacramento.

"It's nice to contribute," said McCarty. "It's been a dream of mine since I came to the Bay area in college to play for the A's. Really once I signed with the A's and was sent down to [the minor league] Triple-A it was my desire to be here. If I had been with any other team I don't know if I would have kept going."

The A's are 4-5 on their season-long 13-game homestand.

"We got some clutch hits today for a change," Oakland manager Ken Macha said.

Ricardo Rincon (5-3) pitched a perfect seventh for the win and Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Jesus Colome (2-5) got the loss.

Tigers 4, White Sox 2

In Detroit, Jeremy Bonderman won for the first time since May 4, and Warren Morris had three hits and scored twice as Detroit beat Chicago.

Detroit has won two consecutive games and three of its past four, while Chicago has lost four of five. The Tigers clinched just their second home series win of the year.

Bonderman (3-13) ended an 11-start winless streak, allowing two runs on three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Rookie Chris Mears pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second career save. He picked up his first save Tuesday against the White Sox.

Bartolo Colon (6-8) dropped to 0-3 in his last six starts. He gave up four runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four.

Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 7

In Toronto, David Ortiz hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning as Boston rallied past Toronto.

Manny Ramirez led off the ninth with a long fly to left-center field, and left fielder Shannon Stewart nearly ran into center fielder Vernon Wells, who allowed the ball to tick off his glove for a triple. Ortiz followed with his double off Jeff Tam (0-4).

Down 7-3 in the eighth, the Red Sox batted around to tie it, and Brandon Lyon (4-5) pitched the bottom half for the win.

Korean pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim struck out three in the ninth for his third save in three chances.

Frank Catalanotto homered and tied a career high with five hits for the Blue Jays. Delgado went 3-for-5 and knocked in his major league-leading 94th run.

Yankees 6, Indians 2

In Cleveland, David Wells pitched 7 2-3 strong innings to lead a resurgent New York past Cleveland.

Wells (11-3) allowed nine hits, walked none and struck out one while improving to 7-0 on the road. He is also 7-0 following a loss or no-decision this season.

The Yankees, who were held to one hit by rookie Billy Traber on Tuesday, welcomed back Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams to their lineup. It was the first time the trio of stars had played together since May 21.

Jeter had a season-high four hits -- three off C.C. Sabathia (8-4) -- and two RBIs. Williams drove in two runs in his first game in six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Soriano missed Tuesday night's series opener, and Jeter was used as a pinch-hitter. Both had hand injuries.

Rangers 4, Twins 1

In Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Joaquin Benoit pitched seven strong innings as Texas beat Minnesota.

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