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Devil Rays blank Marlins

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning, making it difficult for the World Series champions to round the bases

AP , ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDAAP, CINCINNATI, OHIO

Devil Rays pitcher Dewon Brazelton prepares to throw out Juan Pierre of the Marlins after a bunt during the seventh inning in St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday. Tampa Bay won the game 2-0 after Brazelton took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

PHOTO: AP

Dewon Brazelton took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Florida Marlins 2-0 Friday night for their 12th straight interleague victory.

Brazelton (1-0) lost his no-hit bid when Mike Lowell lined a ground-rule double with two outs in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander walked six, struck out five and hit a batter in his 15th major league start.

"There were some nerves involved, first of all because I knew we were coming off a big road trip -- all those wins in a row," Brazelton said.

Danys Baez got four outs for his 14th save, allowing a single to Choi Hee-seop in the ninth before finishing the two-hitter.

"We didn't do anything," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "That kid did a good job. You can't take anything away from him."

The victory was the 14th in 15 games for the Devil Rays, who at 35-35 overall -- joined the 1899 Louisville Colonels as the only major league teams to reach .500 after being 18 games below at any point during a season.

A.J. Burnett (0-3) took the loss in his 10th career complete game.

Tigers 2, Diamondbacks 1

In Detroit, Jason Johnson allowed one hit in eight sharp innings as Detroit sent Arizona to its season-high seventh straight loss.

Johnson (5-7) set down the first 12 in order before Luis Gonzalez's triple to lead off the fifth inning. He struck out five and walked one in his first win since June 2.

The game was completed in 1 hour, 54 minutes, matching the shortest in the majors. The Chicago White Sox and Montreal played their game in 1:54 on last Sunday. It also tied for the shortest in Diamondbacks' history.

Ugueth Urbina pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Orioles 5, Braves 0

In Baltimore, rookie Daniel Cabrera pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, leading Baltimore past slumping Atlanta.

Melvin Mora homered in his return to the Baltimore lineup but had to leave in the fifth after experiencing pain in his foot. Larry Bigbie hit three doubles and scored twice, helping the Orioles to only their third win in 12 games.

Cabrera (4-3) struck out six and walked two for his first complete game in his ninth big league start.

Paul Byrd (1-1) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings for the Braves, who have lost seven of nine.

Cubs 7, White Sox 4

In Chicago, Mark Grudzielanek hit his first homer and drove in his first runs of the season to lead the Chicago Cubs over the White Sox in the opener of their spirited interleague series.

A sellout crowd of 39,596 watched Grudzielanek's three-run shot give the Cubs the lead and Mark Prior (2-1) the victory on a sunny and cool day at US Cellular Field, where the Sox made three errors.

Trailing 6-1, the White Sox made a game of it when Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer off Kyle Farnsworth with two outs in the eighth.

Jon Garland (5-5) got roughed up in the loss.

Blue Jays 3, Expos 1

In Toronto, Josh Towers allowed one run in seven-plus innings and Reed Johnson had two RBIs as Toronto beat Montreal.

Towers (2-2) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one a day after Toronto's pitchers were rocked in a 19-13 loss to Tampa Bay. Jason Frasor pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Zach Day (5-8) allowed three runs on eight his in 6 1-3 innings.

Rockies 10, Indians 8, 10 innings

In Cleveland, Larry Walker hit his third homer of the game -- and third of the season -- in the 10th inning as Colorado edged Cleveland.

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