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Pirates rally in seventh to beat Braves

AMERICAN BASEBALL Pittsburgh got their third win in four days at home. It was their 15th victory in their last 17 home games


Starter Johan Santana of the Twins pitches to the White Sox during the sixth inning at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday. Santana pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning as Minnesota won 7-3.


Rob Mackowiak came around to score on a bizarre, bases-loaded double when Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada made two errors on one play, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied with a five-run seventh inning to beat the Braves 8-4 Tuesday night.

"It was a weird play, the way it happened," Mackowiak said. "I'm just glad it worked out for us."

The comeback -- Pittsburgh once trailed 3-0 -- was the Pirates' third in four days at home and their 15th victory in their last 17 home games. Atlanta's four-game winning streak ended along with J.D. Drew's 22-game hitting streak when he went 0-for-3 in the loss. Mike Gonzalez (3-0) got the win.

"We're getting better, we're starting to pick it up, but we got lucky tonight," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We weren't in it at all ... until we got some breaks."

Braves starter Paul Byrd was cruising with a 3-0 lead before allowing Jason Kendall's two-run homer in the sixth, then left after Bobby Hill and pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez singled with one out in the seventh and the Braves up 4-2. That brought on Kevin Gryboski (1-2), who gave up Kendall's infield single before shortstop Rafael Furcal booted Jack Wilson's possible double-play grounder.

Then Estrada mishandled the throw on Mackowiak's hit and made a bad throw himself.

Cardinals 6, Reds 0

In Cincinnati, Jason Marquis hit a two-run double, pitched seven shutout innings for St. Louis and got homer support from Reggie Sanders and Jim Edmonds as he beat Cincinnati for his eighth straight win.

Marquis (11-4) hasn't lost since May 26, going 8-0 with a pair of no-decisions and a 2.90 ERA. He left the game for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Marquis also doubled home a pair of runs with two outs in the third inning off Cory Lidle (6-9). Marquis' 13th hit this season -- the most by any pitcher in the majors -- put the Cardinals ahead 5-0.

Edmonds led off the fifth with his 26th homer -- five of them since the All-Star game -- to help the Cardinals reach 10-3 since the break.

Cubs 7, Brewers 1

In Milwaukee, Greg Maddux allowed a run and four hits in six innings to move within a win of 300, while Sammy Sosa homered and doubled in a run as Chicago trounced Milwaukee.

Maddux (10-7) will try to become the 22nd pitcher in major league history to win 300 games when he faces Philadelphia in Chicago on Sunday. He would be the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Philadelphia's Steve Carlton on Sept. 23, 1983.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 2

In Denver, Aaron Cook pitched into the eighth inning for his first home win in a year, and Jeromy Burnitz homered for the fifth straight home game and drove in four runs for Colorado.

Todd Helton and Todd Greene also homered for the Rockies, who had 15 hits to snap a three-game home losing streak. Paul Lo Duca hit his 10th homer, but Los Angeles stranded 10 runners to end its run of nine straight road wins.

Coco Crisp, who wasn't in Cleveland's original starting lineup Tuesday night, had first career grand slam among three hits and drove in a career-high five runs for the Indians in a 10-6 victory Tuesday night over the Detroit Tigers.

He became a late replacement as the starter in left field and at leadoff when Travis Hafner was scratched with a sprained neck and Matt Lawton moved to designated hitter. Crisp hit his slam in the second inning off Gary Knotts (5-6) and added a RBI single in the fifth.

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