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Gagne's run comes to end

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Dodgers relief pitcher Eric Gagne saw his streak of 84 consecutive saves come to an end Monday in a 6-5 loss against the Diamondbacks

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Dodgers relief pitcher Eric Gagne throws in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Monday.

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Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended against the same team he couldn't hold off two years ago: the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gagne's major league-record streak ended Monday night when he blew a two-run lead for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came back to win 6-5 in 10 innings.

Gagne relieved with a 5-3 lead at the start of the ninth but allowed pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez's RBI double and Chad Tracy's run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch that went past the glove of a diving first baseman Olmedo Saenz. Both hits came off changeups.

Dave Roberts singled in the 10th off Greg Aquino (0-1), making his second big league appearance. Cesar Izturis sacrificed, Milton Bradley was intentionally walked, and Adrian Beltre walked, loading the bases.

Randy Choate relieved and gave up Shawn Green's sacrifice fly.

Giovanni Carrara (1-0) got the win by getting the final out of the 10th.

Pirates 3, Marlins 1

In Miami, World Series MVP Josh Beckett went back on the disabled list after leaving his start against Pittsburgh early in the Florida Marlins' 3-1 loss.

Beckett (4-5), who hadn't started since June 17 because of a lower back strain, was pulled after four innings because of a blister. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in his 73-pitch outing.

It's the second time he's come off the DL only to promptly return. He was making just his second start since May 30, a day before he went on the disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger.

Wells (4-5) won for the first time since May 1, allowing four hits and striking out eight for his first win in eight starts.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances, allowing an RBI double to Alex Gonzalez.

Brewers 1, Cubs 0

In Milwaukee, All-Star Ben Sheets struck out 12 and Craig Counsell hit his second home run of the season in the first inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Monday.

Sheets (8-5) gave up four hits in seven innings to beat Matt Clement (7-7), who walked a season-high six. Clement struck out 10 in seven innings and allowed just three hits -- only one after the first.

The Brewers, who struck out 17 in all, stopped a season-high four-game losing streak and also ended the Cubs' four-game winning streak. Counsell's homer was his first since April 6.

Cardinals 4, Reds 1

In St. Louis, Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen drove in two runs each, and Albert Pujols had three hits.

Backed by his trio of All-Star infielders, Chris Carpenter (9-3) struck out eight and walked none in seven-plus innings. Carpenter allowed five hits, including an RBI single in the sixth to All-Star Barry Larkin.

Jason Isringhausen got three outs for his 19th save. St. Louis is an NL-best 50-32.

Cory Lidle (6-6) took a shutout into the fifth, then gave up Renteria's two-run double and Rolen's two-run single.

Rockies 7, Giants 4

San Francisco, Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run double and the Colorado stretched a winning streak to four for the first time last July 25-29.

Burnitz, who hasn't homered in nearly a month, is batting .462 (6-for-13) this season at San Francisco, where Colorado had lost nine straight games.

Aaron Cook (3-3), backed by a five-run first against Brett Tomko (3-5), allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, and Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Phillies 6, Mets 5

In Philadelphia, Pat Burrell had two hits and two RBIs and Ryan Madson (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of an ineffective Paul Abbott.

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