TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Yankees keep solving their pitching
problems with offense.
Tony Clark homered three times for the first time in his career,
Ruben Sierra hit a grand slam for his 300th homer, and Gary
Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez also connected to lead the Yankees
over the Toronto Blue Jays 18-6 on Saturday.
"Those are the games where you'd like to score runs, but even
in our dugout, you'd like it to come to a stop," New York manager
Joe Torre said.
New York, which overcame a 4-0 deficit for the second time in
the series, leads the major leagues with 200 home runs. The Yankees
had nine runs and 10 hits in the ninth inning, both season highs,
but Sheffield hobbled off the field after spraining his left ankle
while landing on third base. X-rays were negative.
"That was incredibly scary," Torre said. "My guess is he'll
miss some time."
Sheffield was able to walk on it after the game.
"I feel pretty good. I don't have a big limp," Sheffield said.
"I'll be fine. I'm walking pretty good."
Kevin Brown (10-3) became the first Yankee starter to win in 14
games since Jon Lieber beat Seattle on Aug. 13. Brown won for the
first time in four starts since Aug. 5, allowing four runs, six
hits and four walks in seven innings.
"I'm not where I want to be. I'm still a work in progress,"
Brown said. "Hopefully, I can do a better job than what I did
early on tonight."
Mariano Rivera, who had entered in the eighth with the score
9-6, finished with what must rank as among the biggest leads of his
career, getting his 45th save in 48 chances.
New York, which has rallied from four-run deficits in eight
victories this year, matched its season highs for runs and homers,
improving to 5-1 on its seven-game trip following a skid of six
losses in seven games. The Yankees, who remained 5½ games ahead of
second-place Boston in the AL East, have won 10 of 12 this year
against Toronto, which has lost five straight overall and 18 of 24.
"It just got ugly," Blue Jays interim manager John Gibbons
Former Yankees Ted Lilly (9-9) couldn't hold the early lead,
allowing seven runs, five hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings.
But Jorge Posada hit a two-run double in the fourth and scored
on Hideki Matsui's single, and Sierra's RBI single tied the score
in the sixth. Clark, who has 15 homers, then hit a three-run drive
down the right-field line for a 7-4 lead, chasing Lilly.
Sheffield hit his 33rd homer off Vinnie Chulk in the seventh,
and Clark homered off Jason Frasor to make it 9-4 in the eighth.
But Paul Quantrill gave up RBI singles to Chris Woodward and
Johnson in the bottom half.
David Maurer walked Matsui with the bases loaded in the ninth,
and Kerry Ligtenberg came in and gave up Sierra's ninth career
slam, then allowed Clark's third homer on the next pitch.
Clark said he won't mind if John Olerud starts at first base on
"Knowing that I had a day that I never had before in my career,
and that I was wearing pinstripes when I did it, I take some
satisfaction in that," Clark said.
Sheffield hit a two-run double that made it 17-8 and got hurt
trying for a triple -- after he popped off the base, he was tagged
out. Rodriguez followed with his 31st homer, finishing Ligtenberg.
Frank Menechino, an infielder, relieved to become the fourth
Toronto position player ever to pitch. He gave up singles to Posada
and Matsui before Sierra's inning-ending lineout.
New York beat Baltimore 18-5 on May 27 and also homered six
times when Brown beat Texas 7-6 on June 4. The Yankees had not hit
six homers while scoring 18 runs or more runs since June 28, 1939,
a 23-2 win over the Philadelphia Athletics, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. ... The Yankees lead the majors with 51
come-from-behind wins. ... The Blue Jays are 7-24 in games against
the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. ... Attendance was 43,541,
Toronto's largest home crowd since opening day. ... Lilly is 0-3 in
four career starts against his former team. ... Toronto RF Alex
Rios robbed Derek Jeter of hit with a leaping grab at the wall in