The way the New York Yankees' bullpen is constructed, the eighth inning belongs to Tom Gordon. But what happens when Gordon needs rest? The Yankees found out Wednesday night when they tried lefty Felix Heredia against a dangerous left-handed hitter, Carlos Delgado.
The answer was, as Joe Torre put it, frustrating. After Jon Lieber had pitched into the eighth inning, giving the tired bullpen a break while giving the beleaguered rotation a boost, Heredia blew a one-run lead -- Delgado doubled to tie it -- and the game went into extra innings.
In the 10th, Vernon Wells hit a solo homer to send the Yankees to a 3-2 loss at SkyDome. Scott Proctor, who earned his first major-league win Tuesday, gave up the homer to Wells and took the loss Wednesday night.
The Yankees held leads of 2-0 and 2-1 but couldn't seal the game. "We've been spoiled," Torre said. "We've been coming up with these kinds of victories."
In the top of the 10th, Wells robbed Derek Jeter of extra bases with a running catch at the wall in center field.
Wells felt responsible for Monday night's loss against New York after Tony Clark's double ticked off his glove in left center, scoring the go-ahead run in the 6-5 loss.
"I have to make that catch. It was frustrating not to come up with it," said Wells, whose team improved to 1-4 against New York this year. "It's always fun beating the Yankees, no matter what the situation is."
Borkowski outduels Schilling
BALTIMORE -- Dave Borkowski knew he would have to be near perfect to get the best of Boston right-hander Curt Schilling.
As it turned out, Schilling was the one who couldn't come up with enough zeros to keep his team in the game.
Borkowski took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez hit two homers off Schilling to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Red Sox, 4-1.
Borkowski (2-2) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings. The Red Sox had scored 39 runs on 52 hits in their previous four games.
"No doubt, you know he's not going to give up a lot of runs, he's just that good," Borkowski said of Schilling. "Thankfully, Javy hits the first home run."
Lopez hit a solo homer in the fifth to break the scoreless duel, then added a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 4-0.
Around the horn
Troy Percival earned his 300th career save and John Lackey allowed three hits over 8 1/3 innings, leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory over the Rangers. Kenny Rogers (13-4), starting on the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Angels, allowed two runs -- one earned -- and nine hits over seven-plus innings and took the loss. . . . Mark Mulder did earn his 14th victory when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2. Seattle lost its 15 straight on the road despite getting seven strong innings from Jamie Moyer, who struck out a season-high nine batters. . . . Scott Elarton won for the first time in 18 starts, and Casey Blake's two-run homer in the seventh inning sent the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Tigers. . . . Jacque Jones hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning right after Chicago shortstop Jose Valentin dropped his foul pop-up with two outs, and the Twins beat the White Sox, 5-4, to complete a three-game sweep. . . . Mark Hendrickson gave up four hits in his second complete game in three starts and the Devil Rays handed the Royals their sixth straight loss, 10-1.
Roger Clemens struck out eight and allowed one run in seven innings, leading the Astros over the reeling Diamondbacks, 6-1. Clemens (12-3) got his 322nd win, moving two behind Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 12th place on the career list. . . . Tony Batista homered and drove in two runs, leading the Expos to a 7-4 win over the Mets. . . . Russ Ortiz shut out Pittsburgh for seven innings to win his sixth in a row and Chipper Jones homered for Atlanta's only run off rookie Oliver Perez, leading the Braves past the Pirates, 1-0. . . . Chris Capuano pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Bill Hall and Ben Grieve homered to help the Brewers snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Cubs. . . . Scott Rolen hit two of the Cardinals' four homers, repeatedly blunting Cincinnati's comeback and sending the Reds to their eighth straight loss, 11-10. . . . Hee Seop Choi hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Marlins cut down the Phillies, 6-3. . . . Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking single off Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning and Jeromy Burnitz homered in his sixth straight home game to tie a team record, leading the Rockies over the Dodgers, 5-4. . . . Sean Burroughs had a two-run single and Ryan Klesko added a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and the Padres beat the Giants, 9-4.