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MAJOR LEAGUES: Ludwick's second homer finally downs the Rays

AP , ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Casey Kotchman of the Los Angeles Angels, front, is tagged out at second base by Taiwan’s Hu Chin-lung of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of their game in Anaheim, California, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Ryan Ludwick hit his second home run of the game off Dan Wheeler in the 10th inning, allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to recover after squandering a four-run cushion in a 9-8 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Albert Pujols also homered and had two RBIs a day after his 42-game streak of reaching base ended, helping the Cardinals win for only the third time in 11 games. The American League East-leaders lost for just the second time in 10 games.

Ludwick hit the first pitch from Wheeler (0-3) with one out in the 10th an estimated 123m over the wall in left-center for the second winning homer of his career. He has four career two-homer games, including two this season.

Mets 7, Yankees 4

In New York, Johan Santana (5-2) pitched into the eighth inning and the New York Mets got home runs from Jose Reyes and David Wright to top the Yankees in the opener of a rain-shortened Subway Series.

Billy Wagner got four outs for his ninth save in nine chances — one day after manager Willie Randolph held a closed-door meeting in response to remarks by the closer that some perceived as critical of his teammates.

Dodgers 6, Angels 3

In Anaheim, California, Blake DeWitt hit a two-run homer in the second inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Angels’ Ervin Santana his first loss of the season.

Park Chan-ho made his first start for the Dodgers in almost seven years, limiting the Angels to two runs — one earned — over four innings. The 34-year-old gave up three hits, walked two, hit Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch and struck out three.

Because Park pitched just four innings, Kuo Hong-chih (3-1) earned the win by shutting out the Angels for four innings.

Saturday's other results:

• Game 1: Red Sox 5, Brewers 3

• Game 2: Red Sox 7, Brewers 6

• Reds 4, Indians 2

• Athletics 5, Braves 4

• Marlins 7, Royals 3

• Blue Jays 6, Phillies 3

• Rangers 6, Astros 2

• Orioles 6, Nationals 5

• Tigers 3, Diamondbacks 2

• Rockies 3, Twins 2

• Mariners 4, Padres 2

• White Sox 3, Giants 1

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