Maybe Yankees' fans can start taking those Coneheads out of the closet.
David Cone, who in his previous start won for the first time since April 28, was given a four-run lead before he threw his first pitch and threw five strong innings Tuesday night as New York beat the Texas Rangers 10-2.
"That last win took a lot of pressure off of me," said Cone, who beat Oakland last Thursday for his first win since April 28. "I thought I was better than last time out."
David Justice, Scott Brosius and Paul O'Neill all hit long two-run homers for the Yankees, who have won 10 straight games against the Rangers, including three in last year's playoffs.
Texas' Gabe Kapler extended his hitting streak to 28 games, the longest in the majors this season, when he bounced a single up the middle against Dwight Gooden in the eighth. Gooden got the second career save, his first since 1989 with the New York Mets.
In other games it was Chicago 14, Baltimore 4; Oakland 5, Cleveland 3; Detroit 9, Seattle 0; Tampa Bay 3, Boston 1; Anaheim 8, Toronto 4; and Minnesota 6, Kansas City 2.
At Arlington, Cone (3-10) struck out three, walked one and allowed seven hits. He is 11-3 in 20 career appearances against Texas with a 2.65 ERA.
"It's remarkable how things fall in place when you throw strikes," manager Joe Torre said. "I took him out because it was hot outside. He got another win, but he still needs work. He's not there yet."
Texas starter Doug Davis (4-4) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings.
White Sox 14, Orioles 4
Harold Baines and Frank Thomas each homered and drove in five runs at Camden Yards, and Rocky Biddle got his first major league win, (1-1), allowing four runs and six hits in seven innings. Baines was making his first appearance against the Orioles since they traded him last month.
Jeff Abbott also homered for the White Sox, just 16-15 since the All-Star break.
Jason Johnson (1-9), winless with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts this season, was pounded for team-record-tying 12 runs -- 10 earned -- in five-plus innings.
Athletics 5, Indians 3
Ben Grieve homered and drove in two runs, and Matt Stairs also drove in two runs at Oakland as the A's won for the third time in four games following a season high six-game losing streak. Cleveland lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.
Mark Mulder (7-8) won for just the second time in nine starts since June 25, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
Dave Burba (10-5) lost for the first time in six starts, allowing four runs -- two earned -- four hits and four walks in five innings.
Tigers 9, Mariners 0
Knuckleballer Steve Sparks (3-2) held Seattle hitless until the sixth inning and pitched a five-hitter for his first major league shutout, striking out six and walking one.
Seattle, the AL West leader, has lost four straight for the first time this season.
Dean Palmer and Juan Gonzalez homered as visiting Detroit won for the fifth time in six games. Aaron Sele (13-7) allowed six runs and 11 of Detroit's 17 hits in five innings.
Devil Rays 3, Red Sox 1
Miguel Cairo hit an RBI single in the second off Jeff Fassero (8-6) and a sacrifice fly in the seventh against Rich Garces at Fenway Park.
Tanyon Sturtze (4-2) allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was especially effective against Boston's No. 3 hitter, Carl Everett, who went 1-for-5 and stranded six runners.
Angels 8, Blue Jays 4
Mo Vaughn and Garret Anderson homered off David Wells (17-5), just 2-3 with a 7.27 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star game.
Matt Wise (1-1) earned his first major league victory, allowing three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings at SkyDome.
Ron Gant, who homered in the ninth, and Vaughn each drove in three runs. Darin Erstad went 3-for-4, raising his major league-leading hit total to 184.
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