NEW YORK - Puddles soaked the warning track and ponchos dotted the stands when Derek Jeter stepped to the plate in the third inning, hoping to give the soggy Yankee Stadium crowd a reason for showing up in all this rain.

With one of his classic, inside-out swings, Jeter sent a sharp grounder skimming through the infield. And there it was, the hit that pushed him past Lou Gehrig.

Jeter broke the New York Yankees' hit record held by Gehrig for more than seven decades last night with an opposite-field single against Baltimore.

It gave Jeter 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939. The captain kept right on going, too, with an RBI single in the fourth that put New York up by 4-1.

Jeter's record-breaking hit was remarkably similar to the one that tied Gehrig on Wednesday night, a well-struck grounder inside the first-base line. After this one, Yankees players poured out of the dugout and engulfed Jeter at first base with hugs and pats on the back.

"For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. Game in and game out he just produces," Yankees owner Georger Steinbrenner said in a statement. "As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees' all-time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today.

"That combination of character and athletic ability is something he shares with the previous record holder, Lou Gehrig," the statement said.

Jeter spread his arms wide after rounding first base on his record-breaking hit and gave an emphatic clap as he headed back to the bag.

Rain-drenched fans, many wearing bright ponchos, roared during an ovation that lasted about 3 minutes. Jeter twice waved his helmet to the crowd of 46,771 - just as he did after tying the record. Fans chanted his name and the ball was taken out of play as a souvenir.

When his grounder got past diving first baseman Luke Scott, Jeter's parents raised their arms in excitement. Joining them in an upstairs box filled with family and friends were his sister and steady girlfriend, actress Minka Kelly.

Jeter was still smiling moments later when Orioles rookie pitcher Chris Tillman tried to pick him off first. Jeter easily beat the throw and flashed a playful grin - ever alert, he wasn't about to let himself get wrapped up in the moment and caught off-guard.

Jeter tied Gehrig's mark Wednesday night, snapping an 0-for-12 slump with three hits against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees were off Thursday, and Jeter resumed his pursuit last night at soggy Yankee Stadium.

The start was delayed 87 minutes by heavy rain that had tapered off by the third inning. Jeter struck out swinging against Tillman in his first at-bat, but came through his next time up.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 4

DETROIT - Aaron Hill had four hits, helping Toronto top Detroit.

Vernon Wells' double to right in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie, putting the Blue Jays ahead to stay. Wells added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Toronto 000 201 300 – 6 12 1

Detroit 001 000 300 – 4 12 0

Toronto AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Detroit AB   R   H   BI   Avg.

Scutaro ss 3   1   0   0   .280      Raburn lf 4   1   2   2   .288

A.Hill 2b 6   1   4   0   .290      Polanco 2b 5   1   2   0   .277

Lind lf 3   0   1   1   .301      Ordonez rf 5   0   2   0   .290

a-Snider ph-lf 2   0   0   0   .231      Mi.Cabrera 1b 5   0   1   1   .334

V.Wells cf 3   0   2   2   .255      Thames dh 3   0   2   1   .260

Millar 1b 4   0   0   0   .213      b-A.Huff ph 1   0   0   0   .245

Overbay 1b 0   0   0   0   .265      Inge 3b 2   0   0   0   .230

Barajas c 4   1   1   1   .239      Granderson cf 4   0   0   0   .251

Encarnacion 3b 5   1   2   0   .198      Laird c 4   2   1   0   .218

R.Ruiz dh 5   2   2   2   .277      Everett ss 4   0   2   0   .240

J.Bautista rf 2   0   0   0   .227      Totals 37   4   12   4      

Totals 37   6   12   6      

a-struck out for Lind in the 7th. E: Scutaro (9). LOB: Toronto 15, Detroit 10. 2B: V.Wells (32), Thames (9), Laird (21), Everett (19). HR: Barajas (17), off Galarraga; R.Ruiz (7), off Perry. RBIs: Lind (97), V.Wells 2 (59), Barajas (62), R.Ruiz 2 (14), Raburn 2 (37), Mi.Cabrera (85), Thames (34). CS: Ordonez (1). SF: V.Wells, Raburn, Thames. RLSP: Toronto 9 (Barajas 2, A.Hill, Encarnacion, Millar 3, V.Wells, Snider); Detroit 6 (Polanco 2, Granderson 3, Inge). RA: Everett. DP: Toronto 1 (Barajas, Barajas, A.Hill).

Toronto walks (8): Scutaro 3, V.Wells, Millar, Barajas, J.Bautista 2.

Detroit walks (2): Inge 2.

Toronto strikeouts (5): Snider, Millar, Barajas, R.Ruiz, J.Bautista.

Detroit strikeouts (8): Raburn 2, Mi.Cabrera 2, Thames, Inge, Laird, Everett.

Toronto IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Tallet (W) 61/3   7   3   2   2   7   104   5.20

Accardo 2/3   3   1   1   0   1   17   2.84

S.Downs (H) 1   2   0   0   0   0   22   2.86

Frasor (S) 1   0   0   0   0   0   8   2.15

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

N.Robertson (L) 32/3   6   2   2   5   0   83   5.35

Galarraga 21/3   3   3   3   1   3   43   5.46

Perry 1   2   1   1   1   1   26   4.13

Lyon 1   1   0   0   0   0   9   2.86

Rodney 1   0   0   0   1   1   17   3.75

W: Tallet, 7-9. L: Robertson, 1-2. S: Frasor, 9. H: Downs, 8.

Galarraga pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. IR-S: Accardo 1-1, Galarraga 2-0, Perry 1-1. HBP: by Rodney (J.Bautista), by Galarraga (Lind). Umpires: Home, Mark Wegner; first, Rick Reed; second, Jeff Kellogg; third, Tim Timmons. T: 3:22. A: 31,575 (41,255).

Royals 2, Indians 1

CLEVELAND - Miguel Olivo homered in the 12th inning, after David DeJesus saved the game for Kansas City with two accurate throws.

DeJesus, the leftfielder, threw out Cleveland runners at the plate in the ninth and 11th innings.

Cleveland 000 000 100 000 – 1 8 0

Kansas City AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Cleveland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.

DeJesus lf 4   0   1   0   .275      Brantley cf 4   0   0   0   .324

Maier cf-rf 4   0   1   0   .251      A.Cabrera ss 5   0   1   0   .311

Butler 1b 5   0   1   0   .304      Choo rf 3   1   1   0   .298

Jacobs dh 3   0   0   0   .235      Jh.Peralta 3b 5   0   2   0   .273

a-B.Pena ph-dh 2   0   0   0   .271      Hafner dh 5   0   3   1   .284

Callaspo 2b 4   1   1   0   .297      2-Crowe pr 0   0   0   0   .213

Teahen rf-3b 4   0   1   0   .274      Valbuena 2b 5   0   1   0   .244

Olivo c 4   1   2   2   .248      LaPorta lf 5   0   0   0   .238

A.Gordon 3b 2   0   0   0   .202      A.Marte 1b 5   0   0   0   .232

1-JAndrsn pr-cf 1   0   0   0   .246      Marson c 4   0   0   0   .125

Y.Betancourt ss 5   0   0   0   .238      Totals 41   1   8   1      

Totals 38   2   7   2      

1-ran for A.Gordon in the 10th. 2-ran for Hafner in the 12th. LOB: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 7. 2B: Callaspo (32). 3B: Choo (6). HR: Olivo (19), off Veras. RBIs: Olivo 2 (51), Hafner (42). SB: J.Anderson (19). CS: Teahen (1). S: A.Gordon. RLSP: Kansas City 5 (Callaspo, Y.Betancourt 2, Jacobs, Maier); Cleveland 1 (Hafner). RA: Olivo, A.Gordon, A.Cabrera. GIDP: Butler, A.Gordon, LaPorta. DP: Kansas City 1 (Callaspo, Butler); Cleveland 2 (Valbuena, A.Cabrera, A.Marte), (Valbuena, A.Cabrera, A.Marte).

Kansas City walks (5): DeJesus, Maier, Callaspo, Teahen, A.Gordon.

Cleveland walks (3): Brantley, Choo 2.

Kansas City strikeouts (11): DeJesus, Butler 2, Jacobs, B.Pena, Callaspo 2, Teahen 2, Y.Betancourt 2.

Cleveland strikeouts (13): Brantley 2, A.Cabrera, Hafner, Valbuena 3, LaPorta 2, A.Marte, Marson 3.

Kansas City IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Greinke 7   4   1   1   0   6   102   2.19

Farnsworth 2   2   0   0   1   3   30   4.81

J.Wright (W) 2   1   0   0   2   2   33   4.73

Soria (S) 1   1   0   0   0   2   17   2.54

Cleveland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Masterson 6   4   1   1   4   4   103   4.25

Sipp 2   2   0   0   0   2   29   2.94

C.Perez 2   0   0   0   1   3   31   2.81

Veras (L) 2   1   1   1   0   2   27   6.12

W: Wright, 2-5. L: Veras, 4-3. S: Soria, 25.

IBB: off J.Wright (Choo). HBP: by Masterson (Olivo). Umpires: Home, Mike Estabrook; first, Jerry Meals; second, Ron Kulpa; third, Dale Scott. T: 3:39. A: 26,006 (45,199).

Athletics 12, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS - Jack Cust hit one of Oakland's five home runs and Clayton Mortensen picked up his first major-league victory, over Minnesota.

Mark Ellis, Cliff Pennington, Daric Barton, and Kurt Suzuki also homered for an Oakland team that entered the game last in the league in home runs.

Ellis, Barton, and Suzuki each had three RBIs, and Cust scored four runs.

Oakland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Minnesota AB   R   H   BI   Avg.

Kennedy 3b-2b 6   0   2   0   .283      Span lf 4   2   1   1   .308

R.Davis cf 6   1   2   0   .307      O.Cabrera ss 3   0   0   0   .274

R.Sweeney rf 5   1   1   0   .283      Tolbert ss 2   0   2   2   .191

K.Suzuki c 5   3   3   3   .273      Mauer c 2   0   1   0   .364

Powell c 1   0   0   0   .252      J.Morales c 2   0   1   1   .342

Cust dh 4   4   2   1   .240      Morneau 1b 2   0   0   0   .275

M.Ellis 2b 4   1   2   3   .283      Huber 1b 2   0   1   0   .500

Crosby 3b 1   0   0   0   .219      Kubel dh 3   0   1   0   .305

D.Barton 1b 5   1   1   3   .215      a-Crede ph-dh 1   0   0   0   .228

E.Patterson lf 4   0   3   0   .213      Cuddyer rf 4   0   1   0   .269

Pennington ss 3   1   1   2   .269      Buscher 3b 4   1   1   0   .238

Totals 44   12   17   12         Gomez cf 4   1   1   0   .237

A.Casilla 2b 4   1   1   1   .196

Totals 37   5   11   5      

E: Pennington (2), Buscher (1). LOB: Oakland 11, Minnesota 8. 2B: Kennedy (23), R.Davis (19), R.Sweeney (25), K.Suzuki (32), E.Patterson (4), Mauer (24). HR: Cust (22), off Blackburn; Pennington (4), off Blackburn; M.Ellis (8), off Blackburn; D.Barton (3), off Mahay; K.Suzuki (12), off Gabino; Span (8), off Mortensen. RBIs: K.Suzuki 3 (72), Cust (62), M.Ellis 3 (53), D.Barton 3 (12), Pennington 2 (12), Span (56), Tolbert 2 (14), J.Morales (6), A.Casilla (16). SB: R.Davis (35). RLSP: Oakland 6 (R.Sweeney 2, Kennedy 2, Cust 2); Minnesota 3 (Cuddyer 2, Crede). RA: Kennedy, Morneau. GIDP: Huber, Buscher. DP: Oakland 2 (Pennington, D.Barton), (Crosby, D.Barton).

Oakland walks (6): R.Sweeney, Cust 2, E.Patterson, Pennington 2.

Minnesota walks (3): Span, Mauer, Morneau.

Oakland strikeouts (10): Kennedy 2, R.Davis, R.Sweeney, Cust 2, Crosby, D.Barton, Pennington 2.

Minnesota strikeouts (1): Cuddyer.

Oakland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Mortensen (W) 6   5   1   1   2   0   92   6.88

Blevins 1   0   0   0   0   0   15   5.40

Eveland 1   2   0   0   0   0   10   7.76

S.Casilla 1/3   3   4   3   1   1   28   6.35

Gray 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   3   1.86

Minnesota IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Blackburn (L) 3   6   6   6   1   2   68   4.39

Keppel 11/3   2   2   2   2   0   21   5.19

Mahay 2/3   2   1   1   0   1   16   4.67

Gabino 1   4   3   3   2   1   38   17.18

Liriano 2   2   0   0   0   4   35   5.71

Rauch 1   1   0   0   1   2   22   4.76

W: Mortensen, 1-2. L: Blackburn, 9-11. .

IR-S: Gray 2-1, Mahay 2-2. WP: Mortensen, S.Casilla. Umpires: Home, Bob Davidson; first, Scott Barry; second, Jeff Nelson; third, Tim Tschida. T: 3:15. A: 21,084 (46,632).