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TORONTO -- Manny Ramirez returned the lineup with a bang.

One night after he was pulled for loafing after a fly ball, Ramirez hit a grand slam and three-run homer to drive in a career-high eight RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 18-4, Friday night. Toronto was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Ramirez, who was removed from Thursday night's game for not running after a foul fly, hit a three-run homer in the third and a 438-foot slam off a SkyDome restaurant window in the fifth. His 10 career slams is a new club record.

"It's a dead issue," Hargrove said. "Manny's a professional, and I don't have any concerns about him going into the playoffs."

Ramirez went 3 for 4. He had an RBI single in the first, and his 157 RBIs left him one short of the club record set by Hal Trosky in 1936. He has 42 homers on the season.

"What happened yesterday is over," Ramirez said tersely. "That's in the past."

Dave Roberts also hit a grand slam in the eighth, the record-tying 12th slam for Cleveland this season. The Atlanta Braves also hit 12 in 1996.

The 18 runs gave the Indians a club-record 965 for the season, 13 more than the previous team high set in 1996.

Kenny Lofton, who set the record with a two-run double in the fourth, also became the fifth Indian to score 100 runs this season. The Seattle Mariners were the last team to have five 100-run scorers in 1997.

Rookie's homer wins for Yanks

NEW YORK -- Chalk up another playoff berth for baseball's most successful postseason team.

Rookie Alfonso Soriano hit a home run in his third major league at-bat, breaking an 11th inning tie and carrying the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

Soriano, who entered the game in the ninth as a pinch runner, fell behind 0-2 against Norm Charlton before homering into the seats in left field for his first career hit.

Chuck Knoblauch's fourth hit of the night capped a two-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, setting the stage for Soriano, a September call-up, to win the game.

By then, the Yankees had clinched a wild card spot and a fifth straight trip to the playoffs as Oakland lost in Texas, 12-4.

Orioles edge Red Sox

BOSTON -- B.J. Surhoff became the third player in Baltimore history with 200 hits in a season, and Mike Mussina struck out eight in six innings as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 1-0.

Boston's magic number to clinch a wild-card berth is five over Oakland. The Red Sox lost their third straight after a six-game winning streak.

Baltimore won its second in a row after its 13-game winning streak ended in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday against Oakland.

Surhoff led off the fourth with a double, joining Cal Ripken and Al Bumbry as the only Orioles to reach 200 hits. Ripken set the team record of 211 in 1983.

Surhoff, who went 1 for 4, moved to third on Albert Belle's fly out to right field and scored on Derrick May's single.

Mussina (17-7) allowed four hits and one walk as only one runner reached second base before he was replaced by Scott Kamieniecki to start the seventh.

Boston starter Bret Saberhagen (10-6) pitched seven strong innings, giving up five hits, striking out a season-high eight and allowing one walk.

Around the horn

Juan Gonzalez had three home runs and five RBIs and Aaron Sele earned his 18th win, pushing the Rangers a step closer to the AL West title with a 12-4 victory over the Athletics. The Rangers, who had lost three straight, upped their lead to 6 1/2 games and trimmed their magic number to three. . . . Jose Rosado (9-14) pitched eight solid innings as the Royals opened the final series in Tiger Stadium with a 7-3 win over the Tigers. Quinn, who has 15 RBIs in 10 games since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha, hit a two-run triple to open the scoring in the fifth and added a two-run single in the seventh. Royals all-time saves leader Jeff Montgomery, 37, will retire at the end of the season. He's preserved 304 Kansas City victories. . . . Rookie Joe Mays took a perfect game into the sixth and tossed two-hit ball over eight innings in the Twins' 6-2 victory over the White Sox. Mays (6-10) struck out a career-high nine batters and snapped a personal six-game losing streak in winning for the first time since Aug. 8, a span of eight starts. . . . The AL suspended veteran umpire John Shulock three games for his overly aggressive, inappropriate behavior during Monday's game between the Angels and Devil Rays. He was also fined an undisclosed amount over an altercation with a pair of Tampa Bay players.

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