American LeagueErik Bedard pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Kevin Millar homered against his former team, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a 13-game losing streak against the Boston Red Sox with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday.
The Orioles had lost eight in a row this season against Boston and were winless against their AL East foes since Sept. 2, 2005. The victory also enabled Baltimore to end an eight-game home skid against the Red Sox.
Bedard (5-2) gave up one run, a pair of doubles and three walks for his first victory in five starts since April 20. LaTroy Hawkins struck out two during a perfect eighth. Chris Ray gave up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the ninth inning to make it 4-3 before the reliever got three outs for his 10th save. It was Ortiz's 13th homer.
Millar put the Orioles ahead 2-1 against Tim Wakefield (3-5) in the fourth with his third homer, the first since April 12. In the fourth, Miguel Tejada had an RBI double and then scored on a wild pitch.
Tigers 2, Twins 0
At Detroit, Rookie Justin Verlander outpitched Johan Santana and Vance Wilson homered to help Detroit to its sixth straight win and sixth consecutive victory over Minnesota at home this season.
Verlander (5-3) allowed six hits in eight innings.
Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.
Santana (4-4), who had his four-game winning streak snapped, pitched a four-hitter. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one in the Twins' fourth-straight loss.
Indians 5, Royals 0
At Cleveland, Travis Hafner hit a grand slam and Jake Westbrook pitched a six-hitter to lead Cleveland. Westbrook (4-2) won for just the second time in seven starts since April 9 by pitching his second career shutout and first since June 14, 2004, against Baltimore.
Hafner was 0-for-7 in his career against Jeremy Affeldt (2-3) until hitting his 13th homer of the season. He joined Texas' Kevin Mench as the only players with two grand slams this season.
The Royals fell to 2-19 on the road, tying the worst start away from home in major league history.
Yankees 4, Rangers 3
At New York, Jorge Posada followed up a memorable game with two more RBIs, and Wang Chien-ming pitched New York past Texas.
Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams each added a run-scoring single for the Yankees, coming off a stunning comeback the previous night. Posada singled twice and reached base safely in all four plate appearances. The All-Star catcher has seven RBIs in the past two games.
Wang (4-1) tossed eight efficient innings again to win his third straight start, allowing six hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Gary Matthews Jr. hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Texas, cutting it to 4-3. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
The Yankees broke a 1-all tie with five consecutive two-out hits off Kameron Loe (2-4) in a three-run fifth and beat the Rangers for the 10th time in 11 meetings dating to last season.
White Sox 5, Devil Rays 2
At St. Petersburg, Florida, Jermaine Dye drove in three runs and Jon Garland pitched seven solid innings to lift Chicago over Tampa Bay.
Dye hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Ruddy Lugo (0-2) during a three-run eighth inning that put the White Sox up 5-2. He also homered and has 28 RBIs in his last 24 games.
Garland (3-2) gave up two runs, six hits and struck out five. He entered with a 1-2 record and a 9.10 ERA in five previous road starts. Bobby Jenks got the final three outs for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Blue Jays 3, Angels 0
At Anaheim, California, Casey Janssen pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and combined with B.J. Ryan on Toronto's shutout of Los Angeles.
Janssen (2-3) took a perfect game into the sixth inning of his fourth major-league start before Robb Quinlan spoiled it with a single to right field. Ryan pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save in nine tries.
Gregg Zaun homered in the second, Vernon Wells had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Russ Adams added an RBI double in the sixt for the Blue Jays.
Athletics 7, Mariners 2
At Oakland, California, Barry Zito allowed eight hits over seven scoreless innings, and Oakland patiently beat up on Seattle's Jamie Moyer for its third straight victory.
Mark Kotsay had two hits and led five Oakland batters who drove in a run against Moyer (1-4) as the 43-year-old struggled through six innings in his worst start of the season. Jose Lopez also made two rally-prolonging errors at second base for Seattle, leading to two unearned runs.
Zito (3-3) coolly overcame two errors by his own outfielders, pitching out of a few jams while allowing two walks and striking out three. He had just one win in his previous six starts, but the Mariners never got comfortable against the former AL Cy Young winner's stuff in their fourth loss in six games.
Ray Durham hit a three-run homer and singled in a run for a season-high four RBIs and Matt Morris won for the first time in seven starts as San Francisco beat the Houston Astros 10-1 on Wednesday night for the Giants' first three-game sweep of the season.
Barry Bonds sat out to get some much-needed rest, remaining one homer behind Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list. Pedro Feliz, who has played every inning this season for the Giants, hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single to give him 10 RBIs in the series.
Morris (3-4) pitched eight strong innings after losing his previous four decisions and also added a pair of singles. Fernando Nieve (1-2) was knocked out of the game after three 2-3 innings.
Pirates 7, Reds 2
At Pittsburgh, Oliver Perez, on the verge of being sent to the minors with another bad start, limited Cincinnati to two runs over six innings and drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh. The Reds again had little offense and lost their season-high fifth in a row and ninth in 13 games. They have been limited to two runs or fewer in seven of those 13 games.
Perez (2-5) unable to do much while allowing 32 earned runs in six consecutive bad starts, did it all in winning for the first time since April 18. He shook off a rough start in which four of the Reds' first five batters reached base to last six innings for only the second time this season.
Perez also helped himself with a two-run single in the second against Bronson Arroyo (5-2) and also stole a base, getting such a big jump on Arroyo that he reached second about the same time that Arroyo's pitch reached the plate.
Dodgers 3, Rockies 2
At Denver, Brad Penny allowed one run in six strong innings and Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run single, lifting Los Angeles over Colorado.
Penny (4-1) left after five innings in his last start because of a stiff back, but didn't seem to have any lingering effects, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and keeping the Rockies off balance with a looping curveball. The right-hander gave up three runs or fewer for the ninth time in as many starts this season, helping the Dodgers to their ninth win in 12 games.
Jason Jennings (2-4) gave up three runs in the seventh inning for his fourth loss in five starts.
Cardinals 1, Mets 0
At St. Louis, Mark Mulder threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve St. Louis' victory over Steve Trachsel and New York.
Mulder (5-1) won his third straight start and had two of the Cardinals' four hits in seven innings against Trachsel (2-4), with singles in the fifth and seventh. Scott Rolen doubled in a run in the sixth inning.
Brewers 8, Phillies 7
At Milwaukee, Geoff Jenkins' RBI single with two outs in the ninth lifted Milwaukee past Philadelphia for its third straight walk-off victory.
The Brewers became the first team since the 2004 Detroit Tigers to have three straight walk-off wins.
Arthur Rhodes (0-1) walked pinch hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark's sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Bill Hall. Hall was intentionally walked and Jenkins hit the 0-1 pitch over center fielder Shane Victorino's head off the base of the wall.
Padres 14, Diamondbacks 10
At Phoenix, Brian Giles drove in a career-high seven runs and San Diego beat Arizona to reclaim first place in the NL West.
Cubs 5, Nationals 0
At Chicago, Sean Marshall and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, Todd Walker drove in two runs and Chicago beat Washington for its second straight shutout victory.
Marshall (3-1) retired the first 10 batters and had a no-hitter going until Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with a single to left. Marshall walked four and struck out six in six innings.
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