Dwight Gooden always liked pitching in New York -- mainly because he was always with the home team.
That changed Tuesday night, when he made his first appearance as a visitor and was pounded in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
''I was obviously very excited pitching here as an opponent,'' said Gooden, 102-45 in home games for the Yankees and Mets. ''It was different walking out to the mound from the other side of the field. But it was a good feeling, too.''
Tino Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first, and Clay Bellinger and Paul O'Neill homered in the fifth off Gooden (2-2), pitching in New York for the first time since Sept. 19, 1997, when he was with the Yankees.
''Pitching here was very special,'' Gooden said.
In other games, Texas routed Seattle 10-1, Cleveland beat Minnesota 3-2 in 10 innings, Anaheim downed Oakland 9-8, Kansas City beat Detroit 4-1, Toronto beat Baltimore 6-5 and Boston beat Chicago 3-2.
At Yankee Stadium, Gooden gave up six runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Andy Pettitte (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings as the Yankees won for the ninth time in 11 games. Mariano Rivera, who blew his second save chance Sunday against Baltimore, pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
In the National League, John Rocker let the ball -- and the game -- simply slip out of his hands.
In a bizarre ending, Rocker balked home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2.
The Marlins had runners at second and third with two outs when Rocker got set on the rubber. And then, the ball dropped out of his glove to the ground.
By rule, a balk. Second base umpire Mike DiMuro signaled it, and pinch-runner Danny Bautista trotted home.
''I think the umpires didn't really want to call it, but they couldn't ignore it,'' Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. ''It was a fluky thing.''
It was the first balk of Rocker's three-year career, and the first by a Braves pitcher this season. Rocker and Braves manager Bobby Cox briefly spoke to DiMuro as the umpires left the field.
''The only quote I'm giving is I'm a horrible player,'' Rocker said. ''I'm just a bad player. That's the bottom line.''
In other NL games, San Francisco beat St. Louis 6-4, Arizona trounced Los Angeles 15-7, Chicago outlasted Milwaukee 12-11 in 10 innings and Colorado stopped Houston 3-1.
Rocker, making his first appearance at Pro Player Stadium since his two-week suspension for insensitive remarks, was booed by Florida fans as he sprinted into the game.
Rocker intentionally walked pinch-hitter Mark Smith, who moved to second on defensive indifference, and Cliff Floyd came to the plate.
With the count 2-2, Floyd got ready for a pitch that never came.
''I saw everybody coming out of the dugout, so I figured something was going on,'' Floyd said. ''It's always fun to beat the Braves.''
It was the first game-ending balk in the NL since July 4, 1993, when the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 at Atlanta. Deion Sanders scored on rookie Matt Turner's balk with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
That had been the last game-winning balk in the majors until April 28, when Texas' Jeff Zimmerman did it in a 4-3 loss at Baltimore.
''To win that way -- holy cow,'' Marlins manager John Boles said. ''We'll take it.''
Giants 6, Cardinals 4
Mark McGwire hit his 534th home run and tied Jimmie Foxx for ninth place on the career list, but San Francisco beat St. Louis for its seventh win in a row.
Bobby Estalella homered twice and drove in four runs at Pacific Bell Park. Pat Hentgen lost his fourth straight start.
The Giants' streak of 26 scoreless innings ended when McGwire homered in the fifth. He is two behind Mickey Mantle for eighth place.
Diamondbacks 15, Dodgers 7
Arizona manager Buck Showalter posted his 500th career win and the Diamondbacks romped past Los Angeles in the desert.
Travis Lee and Andy Fox each drove in four runs as Arizona got 20 hits, tying a team record for a nine-inning game. Arizona led 15-4 after the fifth and went on to its fifth straight victory.
Cubs 12, Brewers 11, 10 innings
Shane Andrews singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th and Chicago stopped its four-game losing streak.
Sammy Sosa and Andrews each homered and drove in four runs. Ricky Gutierrez, Mark Grace and Eric Young also hit home runs for the Cubs.
Jeromy Burnitz hit two homers and Jose Hernandez also connected for Milwaukee. The Brewers scored four times in the ninth to make it 11-11, tying it on pinch-hitter Charlie Hayes' two-out, two-run single.
Rockies 3, Astros 1
Pedro Astacio struck out 10 and pitched a three-hitter as Colorado won at Houston.
The Rockies had gone 22 innings without scoring, tying a team record, before Todd Helton hit a two-run homer in the second. Helton went 3-for-3.
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