AROUND THE HORN | Wednesday's other games
Yankees 8, Athletics 6, 11 innings
NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Alex Rodriguez had a decisive two-run shot in the 11th for the Yankees. With New York trailing 6-4 in the ninth, Derek Jeter singled off closer Octavio Dotel before Sheffield homered. After Mariano Rivera (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings, Sheffield singled in the 11th off Justin Duchscherer (4-3) before Rodriguez took the AL lead with his 29th home run.
Orioles 6, Mariners 3
BALTIMORE -- Rafael Palmeiro singled in two runs to snap a seventh-inning tie, and the Orioles handed Seattle its sixth straight loss. Brian Roberts also had two RBIs for Baltimore. Todd Williams (1-0) got the last two outs in the seventh, and Jorge Julio got his 17th save. The Orioles scored three runs on one hit in the seventh against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-4) and Mike Myers, off whom Palmeiro singled down the right-field line.
Twins 6, Angels 3
MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau homered for the second straight night, sparking a three-run sixth inning that carried Minnesota to its 13th victory in 16 games. Torii Hunter followed Morneau with a double, then Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer to break it open for the Twins, who now have a season-high six-game lead in the AL Central.
Royals 11, White Sox 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brian Anderson had a career-best two-hitter to win for the first time since April 20, and John Buck had three hits -- including a three-run homer that capped a seven-run first inning for the Royals. Aaron Rowand was the only batter to reach against Anderson, doubling to lead off the game, walking in the third, then doubling again in the ninth.
Rangers 8, Tigers 0
DETROIT -- Mike Bacsik gave up four hits over seven innings in his debut with Texas, and Laynce Nix hit a two-run homer to lead the Rangers. Bacsik (1-0), who signed with Texas in December, struck out four and walked none. Brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma last week, Bacsik retired nine straight before Alex Sanchez singled leading off the fourth.
Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toby Hall snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, and Tampa Bay beat Boston for only the second time in nine tries. With the Devils Rays trailing 4-1, Hall hit a 1-2 pitch with no outs from Bronson Arroyo (4-8) into the left-field seats. Travis Harper (3-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win, and Danys Baez got four outs for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities.
Reds 8, Giants 7
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adam Dunn hit two homers and Felipe Lopez added a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth for the Reds, who blew a big early lead but rallied for just their second victory in 13 games. Dunn hit his 30th and 31st homers off Brett Tomko to move into second place in the NL behind Philadelphia's Jim Thome.
Phillies 7, Padres 5
SAN DIEGO -- Jimmy Rollins hit an inside-the-park homer and Eric Milton won for the first time in six starts. David Bell added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who remained 41/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Philadelphia has won two straight, and three of four with four games remaining on its season-long 13-game road trip.
Braves 5, Astros 4
HOUSTON -- John Thomson pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Chipper Jones had a pair of RBI singles for Atlanta, and the Braves beat the Houston Astros for their 10th victory in 12 games. Jeff Bagwell hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off closer John Smoltz, who got his 26th save in 28 chances as the NL East-leading Braves won for the eight time in 10 road games.
Mets 6, Brewers 5
MILWAUKEE -- First baseman Lyle Overbay botched Gerald Williams' bunt for a tiebreaking two-run error in a five-run seventh inning, and New York won consecutively for the first time in nearly a month. The Mets overcame a 3-1 deficit in the seventh, when Doug Davis walked Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron, and Mike Adam (1-1) relieved and allowed a two-run single to Joe McEwing that tied the score.
Cardinals 5, Expos 4
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered leading off the ninth inning, and John Mabry was 4-for-4 and four RBIs to lead the Cardinals. Pujols' 31st homer of the season, a drive off Chad Cordero (3-2), capped the Cardinals' comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Julian Tavarez (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the NL Central leader, which has won seven of nine.
Cubs 11, Rockies 8
DENVER -- Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the eighth after Nomar Garciaparra tied it on Shawn Chacon's wild pitch moments earlier. It was a wild one at Coors Field, where the lead changed three times in the final three innings -- twice on home runs. After pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, Ramirez hit a solo homer to make it 7-6.
Diamondbacks 11, Marlins 6
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson pitched solid six innings to end his three-game losing skid and Roberto Alomar had four hits and three RBIs to lead Arizona. Alomar was 4-for-5 with a double and a homer for Arizona, which won consecutive games for the first time since June 30-July 1 against San Diego. The Diamondbacks' 11 runs were their most since an 11-5 win over San Francisco on June 3.