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JOHNSON EARNS 20TH WIN; GRIFFEY HITS NO. 56

After all that Randy Johnson has been through for the franchise, the Seattle Mariners thought he was entitled to his 20th victory.

And on an afternoon when Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 56th homer, Johnson came out of the bullpen to become Seattle's first 20-game winner as the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics, 9-3.

No. 20 was a gift from manager Lou Piniella, who replaced Omar Olivares with Johnson at the start of the fifth inning and the Mariners leading, 7-2.

"I'm just pleased that I finally had an opportunity to win 20 ballgames," Johnson said. "As good as seasons I've had in the past, I still came up short. Things have to be right to win 20 ballgames."

Johnson (20-4) also would like to win his second AL Cy Young Award in three years. Roger Clemens, a 21-game winner for Toronto, is considered the favorite to win his fourth.

"It's not up to me, but I feel I've been very competitive with Roger," Johnson said. "But Roger has been outstanding this year."

Johnson, 34, missed most of last season because of an ailing back and underwent back surgery Sept. 12, 1996. Then he missed four starts this August and September because of finger tendinitis.

Griffey, returning to center field for the first time since the Mariners clinched the AL West on Tuesday, hit a solo shot off Brad Rigby (1-7) in the second for a 5-2 lead.

Yankees 6, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Wade Boggs reached 2,800 career hits with an RBI triple and David Wells had a good audition for New York's postseason rotation in a win over Detroit.

Cecil Fielder added a three-run homer and Bernie Williams an RBI triple in New York's fourth straight win. The Yankees have won nine straight at Detroit.

Rookie Jimmy Hurst's first major-league homer gave the Tigers their only run in their fourth straight loss. The loss snuffed the last chance for the Tigers (79-82) to finish at .500.

Wells (16-10) got his second straight win after five consecutive losses.

Orioles 5, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Davis homered for the first time since colon cancer surgery and Roberto Alomar hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth to lead Baltimore over Milwaukee.

Davis, who underwent surgery for colon cancer on June 13 and returned Sept. 15, went 4-for-5 and hit a 380-foot drive into the left-field seats in the third. It was his eighth homer of the season, his first since May 6.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 5

TORONTO -- Rich Butler had three hits, including his first major league RBI on a tie-breaking single in a four-run seventh inning, as Toronto drubbed Boston.

Shannon Stewart had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Blue Jays.

Boston rookie Nomar Garciaparra had three hits, including his 30th home run.

Indians 10-4, Twins 6-6 (2nd, 10)

CLEVELAND -- Matt Lawton homered in the top of the 10th after David Justice hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of Minnesota's win over Cleveland in the nightcap, giving the Twins a doubleheader split.

Justice's 33rd homer came against Rick Aguilera (5-4), who suffered his seventh blown save.

In the opener, Pat Borders hit an RBI single in a six-run sixth inning. Indians rookie Jaret Wright, who will start Game Two of the divisional playoffs against New York next week, allowed two runs and four hits in three innings.

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