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Tigers pounce early to edge Indians

MAJOR LEAGUES Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman kept up his winning streak on the road. Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-7 at home

AP , CLEVELAND

Brian Anderson hit a two-run shot in the ninth for the White Sox, who are only 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the wild-card race.

Cuddyer and Morneau hit consecutive homers off Javier Vazquez (9-6) in the sixth to give the Twins a 3-2 lead. Mauer went deep against Neal Cotts in the seventh, the first homer of his career off a left-hander.

Radke (9-7) allowed two runs and seven hits. He is 5-0 in nine starts since losing to Oakland on June 3.

National League

Greg Maddux stopped his six-game losing streak, Aramis Ramirez and Jacque Jones hit consecutive homers and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-7 on Monday night.

Maddux (8-11) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings, but still earned his 326th win to tie Eddie Plank for 12th on the career list. The right-hander won for the first time in eight starts since beating Cincinnati on June 9.

Maddux's 35th career victory against the Mets, his most against any opponent and the most for any pitcher against New York, came against Steve Trachsel (9-5), who had won a career-best seven straight decisions.

Ryan Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 22 chances. Michael Barrett also homered and Phil Nevin hit a two-run double for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game skid.

Nevin was subbing for first baseman Derrek Lee, who went back on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist.

Brewers 12, Pirates 8

At Milwaukee, Bill Hall hit two two-run homers and Carlos Lee had one. The Brewers had 15 hits, one shy of their season high, and one more than the Pirates.

Doug Davis (6-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings as the Brewers won for just the fourth time in the last 13 games. The Pirates fell to 2-17 on the road against left-handers and 6-28 overall.

Zach Duke (7-9) had won his first two starts since the All-Star break, but failed to get out of the third inning against the Brewers.

Jason Bay's 23rd home run gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Brewers sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the inning and regained the lead 4-2 keyed by Hall's first two-run homer, his 21st of the season.

Rockies 7, Cardinals 0

At Denver, Jeff Francis threw a two-hitter for his first shutout and Colorado ended St. Louis' six-game road winning streak.

Francis (8-8) took a perfect game into the sixth, when catcher Yadier Molina blooped a single into shallow right-center just out of the reach of diving center fielder Cory Sullivan, who got his glove on the ball only to watch it scoot underneath him.

Francis matched a career high with eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.

Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes homered for Colorado, which won for only the third time in 11 games since the All-Star break.

St. Louis rookie Anthony Reyes (2-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Braves 10, Phillies 8

At Philadelphia, Adam LaRoche homered twice, driving in four runs. Ex-Phillie Todd Pratt also homered for the Braves, who have won nine of their last 11 games. They were without Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones for a second straight game because of injuries.

Rookie Cole Hamels (2-5) struck out a career-high 12 in 5 1-3 innings, Chase Utley extended his personal-best hitting streak to 24 games and David Bell homered and drove in three runs for Philadelphia, which has lost four of six.

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