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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox got nostalgic Sunday night. They used a once-potent but now-infrequent weapon to beat the New York Yankees.

Remember the home run at Fenway Park? For one night, at least, it was back in a big way. Mo Vaughn homered twice off Jimmy Key in a 5-2 Boston victory.

"I don't know if this means more home runs are coming," said Vaughn, who is batting .329 with seven home runs and 29 RBI. "I'm not even thinking that way. I'm just thinking hit, hit."

Sunday night, Vaughn's thoughts came out "homer, homer." That gave him three in the three game-series against the Yankees.

"It was a situation where all the work I've done came together at one time," he said.

Key (4-2, 2.18 ERA) became convinced Vaughn has improved greatly since last season, when he hit .234 with 13 home runs in 113 games. "He's a lot more disciplined," Key said. "He seems to know what he's doing up there."

Vaughn homered to right on a 3-and-1 fastball in the fourth. The second homer was on a 3-and-2 hanging slider, a line drive in the seventh that landed in the center field bleachers to break a 2-2 tie.

Vaughan is hitting .395 in 38 at-bats against left-handers.

Tigers 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND -- Detroit combined homers from Mickey Tettleton and Cecil Fielder and solid pitching from Mark Leiter to beat Cleveland.

Tettleton's home run over the glove of leaping center fielder Kenny Lofton put Detroit ahead to stay in the sixth.

Leiter (3-1) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Albert Belle and Paul Sorrento hit consecutive homers in the bottom of the fourth for Cleveland. It was Belle's major league-leading 15th homer, and Sorrento's ninth.

Blue Jays 2, Twins 1

TORONTO -- Pat Hentgen pitched a strong game and got offensive help from Alfredo Griffin as Toronto completed a weekend sweep by beating Minnesota, handing the Twins their seventh straight loss.

Hentgen (6-2) worked 7 2/3 innings, allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 games. Duane Ward got the final four outs for his 11th save.

Mariners 10, Royals 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lou Pinella won his 500th game as a manager behind a go-ahead ninth-inning single from a 31-year-old rookie in Seattle's victory over Kansas City.

Jeff Montgomery (2-2), the third Royals pitcher, gave up a single to Pete O'Brien leading off the ninth. After a sacrifice, Rich Amaral drove in pinch-runner Omar Vizquel to make it 8-7. Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a two-run triple.

White Sox 5, A's 4 (10)

CHICAGO -- George Bell, whose two-run homer put Chicago back in the game, added a decisive triple in the 10th inning as the White Sox averted a weekend sweep with a win over Oakland.

Bell drove in Joey Cora with his one-out triple off of reliever Rich Gossage (3-1).

The White Sox also announced that 34-year-old pitcher Dave Stieb, 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA, was waived.

Angels 6, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tim Salmon had a career-high four RBIs, and Julio Valera pitched well in his first start this season as California beat Texas to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Valera (2-3) allowed four hits in six innings in his 12th appearance this season.

Brewers 9, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Reimer's two-run bases-loaded single keyed a three-run third inning against Fernando Valenzuela, carrying Milwaukee past Baltimore as the Brewers won their first road series this season.

Reimer and Dickie Thon, who had three hits, drove in three runs apiece.

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