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Maine pitches Mets past Twins

BOUNCING BACK New York's Carlos Delgado hit a home run in the second inning to give the NL East leaders just their fourth win in 16 games this month

AP , NEW YORK

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Akinori Iwamura, right, of Japan slides safely past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero's tag to score a run as Diamondbacks pitcher Livan Hernandez, rear, looks on in the first inning of their game on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona. The Devil Rays won 10-2.

PHOTO: AP

John Maine took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to earn his second win in eight starts, pitching the New York Mets over the Minnesota Twins 8-1 in interleague baseball on Monday.

Carlos Delgado homered and Maine (7-4) limited Minnesota to four hits over seven innings as the National League East Division leaders won for only the fourth time in 16 games this month.

Delgado, who batted just .189 on the Mets' 2-7 road trip, gave New York the lead with his 11th home run in the second inning against Carlos Silva (4-8).

The Mets broke it open in the eighth when Ricky Ledee hit his first homer of the season.

Indians 10, Phillies 1

At Cleveland, Cliff Lee beat another NL team and Kelly Shoppach hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels to lead Cleveland to a rout of the Phillies.

Lee (4-4) improved to 10-1 in interleague play. He allowed one run and five hits in seven innings -- his longest start since May 8.

Shoppach connected in the second inning off Hamels (9-3), the NL's only nine-game winner.

The left-hander was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in five innings -- his shortest outing this season. Shoppach added an RBI double in the sixth, Jason Michaels homered in the seventh and Grady Sizemore had two hits, two steals and scored twice.

The hitting streak of Cleveland's Casey Blake ended at 26 games. Blake went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.

Ryan Howard hit his 15th homer for Philadelphia in the sixth.

Tigers 9, Nationals 8

At Washington, Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames homered, Detroit scored six times in the fifth and held on to beat Washington.

Guillen drove in three runs and Gary Sheffield had two RBIs for the Tigers, who are 9-4 in interleague play this season.

Mike Maroth (5-2) won despite giving up five runs -- four earned -- and six hits over five-plus innings. The left-hander doubled in the fifth for his first career extra-base hit.

The Tigers had to withstand a three-run ninth-inning rally against Todd Jones, who got Ronnie Belliard to ground out to short with runners on the corners for the final out.

Matt Chico (3-5) gave up eight runs and nine hits in four innings.

Braves 9, Red Sox 4

At Atlanta, Brian McCann homered and drove in four runs off Curt Schilling, who endured his first strikeout-free start since 1993 in Atlanta's victory over Boston.

Schilling was rocked for 10 hits and six runs in four innings in his second-shortest outing so far this season.

Coco Crisp homered twice for the Red Sox and J.D. Drew went deep for Boston's other run.

But McCann outdid them both, putting the Braves ahead for good with an RBI double in the fourth and chasing Schilling (6-4) the next inning.

Atlanta starting pitcher Chuck James (6-6) won for the first time in four starts.

Royals 5, Cardinals 3

At St. Louis, Odalis Perez won for the second time in 10 starts and Kansas City took advantage of mistakes by St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.

John Buck homered and Mark Teahen had two hits and an RBI for the Royals, who are starting a 10-game road trip after a season-best 6-3 homestand during which they took two of three from last year's World Series champions, outscoring them 28-16.

Wainwright (5-6) gave up five runs -- four earned -- in seven innings. He committed his first two errors in the first and then made a mental mistake while trying for a spectacular play.

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