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White Sox chalk up win over Red Sox

BASEBALL Chicago cut Boston's American League East Division lead to three games with a 5-3 win, while Chipper Jones led Atlanta to a 4-2 victory over New York

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Brendan McCarthy delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday.

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Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Paul Konerko homered off Curt Schilling to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Monday for their fifth consecutive win.

Juan Uribe had a single, a double and a homer in the makeup of an Aug. 14 rainout.

Boston lost for just the third time in 24 home games, and its American League East Division lead over the second-place New York Yankees was cut to three games.

McCarthy (2-1) allowed three hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Mariners 2, Athletics 0

In Oakland, California, teenager Felix Hernandez (3-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one, dropping Oakland 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and 1.5 games behind the New York Yankees, who lead the wild-card race.

Seattle scored in the sixth against Joe Blanton (8-11) on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly and Greg Dobbs' run-scoring single.

Indians 2, Tigers 0

In Detroit, Scott Elarton (8-7) allowed four hits in 6 1-3 innings as Cleveland pulled within 1.5 games of the AL wild-card lead. He had been 0-2 in five starts since Aug. 2.

Jose Hernandez homered to help send Detroit to its fifth straight loss. The Tigers haven't scored in 19 innings.

Rangers 7, Twins 0

In Minneapolis, David Dellucci hit a three-run double to back Kameron Loe (8-4), who allowed five hits in eight innings, the longest of his three starts this season.

C.J. Wilson pitched a one-hit ninth as Texas won for the 11th time in 15 games.

Minnesota made two errors that led to five unearned runs and dropped 5.5 games behind the Yankees.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2

In Baltimore, Gustavo Chacin (12-8) gave up one run, four hits and a walk in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win in seven starts since July 31.

Shea Hillenbrand scored a run and drove in one. Bruce Chen (11-9) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 4-2 on Monday.

Andruw Jones hit his Major League Baseball-leading 45th homer for the Braves, who improved to 49-20 against the Mets at Turner Field, including 5-1 this year.

Chipper Jones hit an RBI double that tied the score in the first and homered in the eighth against Steve Trachsel (1-1).

Nationals 5, Marlins 2

In Washington, Livan Hernandez (15-6) didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, took a shutout into the ninth, and drove in a run with one of his two singles as Washington won its third straight, all against clubs ahead of it in the tight National League wild-card standings.

Hernandez left after allowing Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer. Mike Stanton got Carlos Delgado to fly out, and closer Chad Cordero recorded the final two outs.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

In St. Louis, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth off Roberto Novoa (3-5), and Jim Edmonds followed with a home run off Will Ohman.

Jeff Suppan didn't allow any earned runs in six innings, and five relievers finished as St. Louis stopped the Cubs' three-game winning streak.

Jason Isringhausen forced in a run in the ninth with a bases-loaded walk to Jerry Hairston Jr, and Julian Tavarez allowed pinch-hitter Jose Macias' sacrifice fly before getting Derrek Lee to hit a game-ending double play grounder for his fourth save.

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