Josh Bard capped off an unforgettable 24 hours with a dramatic home run that altered the AL West standings.
Bard, making his major league debut, hit a game-winning, two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
"Every guy dreams of this," Bard said. "I'm just so fired up. It may never be this good again."
It was the first time a player had hit a game-winning homer in his big-league debut since Sept. 9, 1971, when the Angels' Billy Parker hit a solo shot to beat Milwaukee 3-2 in 12 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Seattle's loss helped Oakland move into sole possession of first place in the AL West for the first time since April 9.
Barry Zito pitched seven shutout innings and John Mabry homered twice and drove in five runs as the Athletics beat Detroit 9-1 for their 10th straight victory. Oakland leads Seattle by one game in baseball's tightest division race.
Red Sox 4, Angels 1
BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez pitched eight sharp innings and Jason Varitek had a pair of RBI singles as the Boston Red Sox beat the Anaheim Angels 4-1 Friday night.
Troy Glaus had a solo homer for Anaheim, which began the day one game behind Oakland and Seattle in the AL West.
Rangers 6, Yankees 2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rafael Palmeiro hit two of Texas' four homers off Mike Mussina, leading Chan Ho Park and the Rangers over the New York Yankees.
Palmeiro hit leadoff shots in the second and fourth innings, giving him 483 career homers.
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 7
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jay Gibbons hit the first of four Baltimore home runs, and Chris Singleton came off the bench to contribute three hits as the Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Geronimo Gil, Melvin Mora and Tony Batista also homered for the Orioles, whose fourth straight victory put them at .500 (63-63) for the first time since May 11.
Devil Rays 8, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) -- Tanyon Sturtze took a shutout into the ninth inning to win consecutive starts for the first time this season as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Chicago White Sox.
Toby Hall homered and drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rockies 10, Mets 4
DENVER (AP) -- Jay Payton tormented his former team, homering and driving in four runs as the Colorado Rockies handed the New York Mets their 12th straight loss, 10-4 on Friday night.
It is the Mets' sixth longest losing streak in franchise history and the longest in 22 years, since they dropped 13 in a row from Aug. 31-Sept. 12, 1980.
Astros 6, Reds 4
HOUSTON (AP) -- Brad Ausmus and Adam Everett hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fifth inning as Houston sent Cincinnati to its fifth straight loss.
Brian Hunter added two RBI as the Astros won their third straight and moved a season-high eight games above .500.
Pirates 6, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Adam Hyzdu hit a grand slam and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee for the 13th time in 17 games this season.
Brewers reliever Jayson Durocher (1-1) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning, but wasn't so fortunate in the seventh while trying to protect a 3-2 lead.
Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2
PHOENIX (AP) -- Byung-Hyun Kim struck out Sammy Sosa with runners on second and third to end the game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs.
Rather than intentionally walk the dangerous Sosa, the Diamondbacks decided to pitch to him because of Kim's success against the slugger.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 4,
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bobby Abreu homered to lead off the 14th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their third straight victory.
Abreu, who entered the game 1-for-12 against the Cardinals this season, went 3-for-6 with an RBI single in the first. He hit his 15th homer over the wall in left-center on a 2-1 pitch from rookie Kevin Joseph (0-1).
Dodgers 4, Braves 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paul Lo Duca was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Padres 18, Marlins 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Bubba Trammell hit his second homer of the game in San Diego's nine-run fifth inning as the Padres beat the Florida Marlins.
Expos 7, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tomo Ohka gave up Barry Bonds' 602nd homer, but he also pitched 7 2-3 strong innings and drove home the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt as the Montreal Expos beat the San Francisco Giants.
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