Originally created 04/09/00

O'Neill's double propels Yankees

SEATTLE -- Paul O'Neill's RBI double in the ninth inning broke a tie and gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners Saturday.

With two outs in the ninth, Derek Jeter singled off Jose Mesa (1-1) and stole second base. O'Neill then hit a line drive to right-center to score Jeter and give the Yankees the lead.

Jeff Nelson (1-0) came on with a runner on second and one out in the eighth and got two outs to pick up the victory. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.


In St. Petersburg, Fla., Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome hit the 199th home runs of their careers five pitches apart, helping Cleveland beat Tampa Bay.

The sluggers remained tied for sixth on Cleveland's career list, connecting off right-hander Steve Trachsel (1-1) with two outs in the fifth inning to give the Indians a 6-1 lead for Dave Burba (1-0).


In Oakland, Frank Thomas had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Chicago won its fourth straight by beating the A's.

Mike Sirotka (1-1), who allowed a career-high four home runs in Chicago's season-opening 10-4 loss at Texas, kept Oakland batters in the park while allowing six hits and three runs -- one earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.


In Kansas City, Carlos Beltran broke out of a slump by driving in two runs and Johnny Damon scored twice and had an RBI as the Royals beat Minnesota for their fourth straight win.

Jeff Suppan (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings as the Royals matched their longest winning streak from last season. Jose Santiago pitched three hitless innings for the save.


In Baltimore, Delino DeShields singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Orioles stretched their winning streak to four by beating Detroit.

The Orioles trailed 1-0 in the eighth before coming back. Mike Bordick scored both runs for Baltimore, which used solid pitching to win after scoring 31 runs in its previous three games.