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Mets edge past Yankees in ninth

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Shane Spencer came back to haunt the Yankees after he knocked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning in Queens

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Shortstop Kaz Matsui, right, of the Mets, turns a double play as Gary Sheffield of the Yankees runs toward second base at Shea Stadium in Queens borough, New York, Saturday. The Mets won the game 10-9 when former Yankee Shane Spencer knocked home an RBI.

PHOTO: AFP

Shane Spencer hit a dribbler against his former team with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run, capping an afternoon of comebacks and giving the Mets a 10-9 victory Saturday over the Yankees.

Tony Clark homered twice and tied his career high with four hits, but the Yankees wasted leads of 3-1, 6-4 and 8-6 and failed to score with the bases loaded in the ninth against John Franco (2-4).

Cliff Floyd, Ty Wigginton and Richard Hidalgo homered off Jose Contreras, but the Mets made two errors that led to four unearned runs and failed to hold leads of 4-3 and 9-8.

With the score 9-all in the bottom of the ninth, Tanyon Sturtze (3-1) relieved and walked Kaz Matsui, who had three hits. Mike Piazza then popped out, Floyd walked and Hidalgo was hit by a pitch. That brought up Spencer, who earlier gave the Mets a 9-8 lead with a two-run double.

Cubs 4, White Sox 2, 5 1/2 innings

In Chicago, Greg Maddux pitched around three rain delays for his 296th win, and Sammy Sosa backed him with a homer and a great sliding catch on a wet day at Wrigley Field.

The game was called after it was delayed a fourth time for 77 minutes after the top of the sixth inning. Umpires and both manager inspected the field before the game was declared over because of unplayable conditions.

Returning to the mound after delays of 31, 15 and 59 minutes, Maddux (7-6) allowed five hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Felix Diaz (1-2), who beat the Cubs a week ago for his first major league win, lasted just four innings, giving up six hits and three runs.

Athletics 6, Giants 2

In San Francisco, Mark McLemore's tiebreaking RBI single sparked a four-run ninth inning.

Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with two walks, snapping his streak of homering in four straight games with an at-bat. But he now has 2,189 walks for his career -- including 119 this season -- to trail Rickey Henderson's career record by only one.

Damian Miller's RBI double tied it in the eighth for the A's, who broke it open in the ninth against Matt Herges (4-3).

Justin Duchscherer (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win as Oakland beat their cross-bay rivals for the second time in five games this season.

Cardinals 8, Mariners 1

In St. Louis, Jim Edmonds returned to the lineup with a home run and three RBIs, and Jason Marquis pitched effectively before and after a 1 hour rain delay.

Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and Edmonds, making his first start in center field in eight days, went 2-for-3.

Bret Boone homered and Randy Winn had two hits for the Mariners, who have lost nine of 12.

Marquis (8-4) followed the lead of Woody Williams, who was solid before and after a 2 hour rain delay on Friday. Boone's 11th home run was the only damage against him in the first 2 1-3 innings, and after the delay Marquis gave up only two hits the rest of his outing.

Devil Rays 6, Marlins 1

In Miami, Victor Zambrano gave up four hits in seven shutout innings and drove in his first career run.

The Devil Rays improved to 30-10 since May 20 and moved two games over .500 (40-38) for the first time since starting the 2002 season 3-1.

Previously, the latest in a season Tampa Bay had been two games over .500 was at 22-20 on May 21, 1999. The club is 5-0-1 in its last six series, including winning both three-game sets in the Citrus Series.

The Marlins have lost four straight and 11 of 15.

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