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Teixeira dominates in 15-1 rout

SLAM MAN Mark Teixeira's three homers in his 12th career multihomer game helped the Texas Rangers to a convincing demolition of the Baltimore Orioles

AP , BALTIMORE

Huff, who was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday, homered to right-center in the eighth off reliever Randy Messenger (1-5) to give the Astros a 5-1 lead.

Houston broke a three-game road losing streak, while the Marlins lost for the fourth time in their last 13 home games.

Huff's homer was part of a four-run eighth. Willy Taveras singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third as Chris Burke reached when first baseman Mike Jacobs failed to handle a low throw by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Berkman drove in Taveras with a single to right, and Huff followed with his homer, his second hit of the game.

Astros starter Roy Oswalt pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out four. Florida starter Dontrelle Willis went seven innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out five.

Reliever Chad Qualls (4-2) got the win.

Reds 9, Rockies 7

At Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr hit his 555th homer, and Adam Dunn singled home two runs hours after close friend Austin Kearns was traded to spark Cincinnati.

Juan Castro added a three-run homer as Cincinnati pulled away in the seventh inning, then watched the bullpen struggle once again to hold a six-run lead. Left-hander Eric Milton (6-4) pitched six solid innings and singled home a run as well.

A few hours before the first pitch, the Reds made move to shore up the bullpen that has been their downfall. The Reds sent Kearns -- their everyday right fielder -- and shortstop Felipe Lopez to Washington in an eight-player deal that netted relievers Gary Majewski and Bill Bray. The trade came one week after the Reds traded a prospect to Seattle for closer Eddie Guardado.

Dunn had a two-run single in the first inning off Jeff Francis (6-8). Griffey's solo homer in the seventh off Scott Dohmann made it 5-3.

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