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Yankee relievers hold off Devil Rays

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL New York's Quantrill and Rivera closed the door on Tampa Bay's drive to mount a late-inning comeback as the Yankees won the game 5-4

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Scott Spiezio, right, of the Mariners, slides safely into third base as White Sox third baseman Joe Crede waits for the ball at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, Friday.

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American League

Paul Quantrill and Mariano Rivera made sure the New York Yankees held off Tampa Bay for the second straight night.

Quantrill relieved Javier Vazquez (10-5) with a two-ball count and the bases loaded in the sixth inning and escaped the jam, and New York beat the Devil Rays 5-4 Friday.

"I'm not too sure of how many people I'd want to do that to," Yankees manager Joe Torre said after putting the pressure on Quantrill.

Rivera gave up a run in the ninth, then retired Rocco Baldelli on a foul popup with the bases loaded to end it.

"We're getting our chances to put some runs on the board. Now we can't get them," said Baldelli,.

Jorge Posada hit a go-ahead, two-run single for the Yankees, who have won two straight against the Devil Rays after losing five of six to the New York Mets and Detroit.

Tampa Bay, which has lost seven of 10 to the Yankees, dropped to 4-6 in July after going 20-6 in June.

Jesus Colome (2-2) allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning.

Indians 5, Athletics 4

In Cleveland, pinch-hitter Lou Merloni's two-run single capped Cleveland's three-run ninth inning off Octavio Dotel to beat Oakland.

Merloni ripped the first pitch from Dotel (1-1) down the left-field line with the bases loaded to score Omar Vizquel and Travis Hafner before being mobbed by his teammates.

Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

In Toronto, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his second win in his last 11 starts, and Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs as Anaheim edged Toronto.

Colon (6-8) entered with the highest ERA among American League starters at 6.57. The 31-year-old right-hander, who signed a four-year, US$51 million contract during the offseason, allowed four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and lowered his ERA to 6.38.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth, and Troy Percival worked the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances.

Reigning AL Cy Young pitching award winner Roy Halladay (7-6) gave up five runs on a career-high 12 hits -- all singles -- in six innings.

White Sox 6, Mariners 2

In Chicago, Carlos Lee homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jon Garland (7-5) pitched seven solid innings to help Chicago down Seattle.

The Mariners have lost a season-high seven straight games. At 32-52, Seattle is 20 games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 5, 1994. They've also lost 10 straight on the road.

Magglio Ordonez went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Chicago in his first game since coming off the disabled list. The All-Star slugger missed 36 games after tearing cartilage in his left knee.

Red Sox 7, Rangers 0

In Boston, Johnny Damon went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs and Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight innings for his first win since May 15.

Boston won its fourth straight, its longest streak since winning five in a row May 21-26. Damon extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single.

Arroyo (3-7) matched his season high with seven strikeouts and allowed just one hit after the first inning.

National League

Tomas Perez's pinch-hit, RBI single in the 10th inning Friday helped the Philadelphia Phillies overcome a five-run deficit and two three-run homers by Rafael Furcal to beat Atlanta 7-6 in 10 innings.

Chase Utley hit a solo homer off John Smoltz with one out in the ninth to tie it at 6 and Mike Lieberthal had four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the eighth.

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