Melvin's Hr Helps Yanks Stop Orioles

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Bob Melvin hit his first home run of the year, a three-run shot that capped a five-run first inning, and the New York Yankees held on for a 5-4 victory Saturday over the Baltimore Orioles.

Melido Perez (3-2) got the victory, scattering six hits over five innings and allowing three runs. Scott Kamieniecki gave up another run in the seventh.

Steve Howe got the final two outs for his third save.

Melvin's homer off Baltimore starter Arthur Rhodes (1-5) came after a two-run single by Gerald Williams tied the score at 2.

New York, which has the best record in the majors at 28-12, won its ninth conseuctive home game.

Rafael Palmiero set an Orioles record by extending his hitting streak to 23 games with an RBI single in the first inning.

Blue Jays 9, Indians 7: Paul Molitor hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Toronto, after opening a seven-run lead, hung on to beat Cleveland.

The Blue Jays opened a 5-0 lead in the first against Chris Nabholz (0-1). Roberto Alomar doubled home Mike Huff and Molitor followed with an RBI single. Joe Carter walked and John Olerud singled in Molitor before Darnell Coles hit a sacrifice fly. Dick Schofield capped the inning with an RBI double.

Carter drove in his major-league-leading 52nd RBI with a groundout in the second, and Molitor followed Alomar's walk with his fifth home run of the season for an 8-1 lead in the third.

Tigers 7, Brewers 6: Travis Fryman drove in three runs and Chad Kreuter hit a homer out of Tiger Stadium, helping Detroit inflict Milwaukee's 10th consecutive loss. …