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Cabrera triple not enough for Indians

QUALITY OUTING Atlanta Braves halted their seven-game losing slide on the road against the Pirates, while Chicago beat San Diego for their fourth straight win



Asdrubal Cabrera turned the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history, and it wasn't enough for the Cleveland Indians to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Shannon Stewart hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Aaron Hill added a two-run single and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 3-0 on Monday to salvage a split of the doubleheader.

The nightcap featured terrific pitching performances from Toronto's Shawn Marcum and Cleveland's Cliff Lee, who got a big assist from Cabrera in the fifth inning.

With Kevin Mench and Marco Scutaro on with singles, Cabrera made a diving backhand catch of a line drive by Lyle Overbay, touched second base to force Mench and then tagged out Scutaro.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made the last unassisted triple play in the majors, on April 29 of last year against Atlanta.

Oakland second baseman Randy Velarde last turned the trick in the American League, on May 29, 2000, against the Yankees.


At St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings and the surging Tampa Bay beat nemesis Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees for their fifth consecutive victory.

Garza (2-1) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three.

Only one baserunner, Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth, reached as far as second base against the right-hander.

Jason Bartlett and Dioner Navarro each drove in two runs for the Rays (22-16), who climbed six games over .500 for the first time in franchise history and also extended their home winning streak 10 games.


At Minneapolis, Livan Hernandez won again, Craig Monroe contributed another big hit, and Minnesota beat Boston.

Manny Ramirez finally went deep, hitting career homer No. 498 in the first inning for the Red Sox. The two-run shot was his second home run in 20 games.

Hernandez (6-1) rebounded after a rough start to finish six innings for another quality outing. The Twins are 8-1 when he's on the mound.

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (2-3) didn't make it out of the fifth, done in by control problems and timely hits by the Twins ??who took three games from the Red Sox. Minnesota has won nine of its last 12 games and scored 74 runs in the process.


AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Tim Hudson limited Pittsburgh to two hits and an unearned run over seven innings and the Atlanta Braves halted their seven-game road losing slide with an 8-1 victory that concluded on Monday's doubleheader.

In the opener, Freddy Sanchez hit a three-run double and Zach Duke pitched six shutout innings as the Pirates won 5-0 for their sixth consecutive win.

With Mark Kotsay and Brian McCann driving in three runs each, Atlanta avoided its first four-game sweep by Pittsburgh since Sept. 1-3, 1978. The Pirates' winning streak was their longest since they won 10 straight from June 25-July 5, 2004.

Hudson (6-2) held the Pirates to a lone single over his final six innings, finishing with five strikeouts and two walks. John Van Benschoten (0-2) took the loss.

In the opener, Duke (2-2) shook off five walks, three errors and five Braves hits to win.


At Cincinnati, Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips hit two-run homers for Cincinnati in the seventh inning, breaking open a tied game and sending right-hander Aaron Harang to a win over Florida.

The Marlins arrived with a seven-game winning streak and the best record in the major leagues.

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