AROUND THE HORN | Thursday's other games
Yankees 5, Athletics 1
NEW YORK -- Kevin Brown threw four-hit ball over eight shutout innings to beat Barry Zito, and newly signed John Olerud went 3-for-3 with a two-run double on his 36th birthday in the New York Yankees' win over the Oakland Athletics. Looking sharp in his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, Brown (9-1) struck out seven and walked two, matching the longest outing by a Yankees starter this season.
Rangers 2, Tigers 1
DETROIT -- Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking homer, Ryan Drese pitched six strong innings and Texas completed a three-game sweep of Detroit. Drese (8-6) allowed one run and six hits to win for the fourth time in five starts. Ron Mahay and Carlos Almanzar each pitched a scoreless inning before Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 33rd save in 35 tries, sending the Tigers to their fourth consecutive loss.
Angels 8, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS -- Aaron Sele won his seventh straight decision with another fine performance against Minnesota, and Jose Guillen drove in three runs for Anaheim. Sele (7-0) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings, running his record against the Twins to 16-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 22 career starts. He matched his longest outing of the year and became the first pitcher in Angels history to win his first seven decisions in a season.
Royals 6, White Sox 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings, and Matt Stairs homered twice in a game that was delayed 24 minutes by a power outage in the ninth inning. The teams were just about to start the top of the ninth when the Kauffman Stadium lights brightened momentarily before going out in two-thirds of the stadium. The scoreboard and videoboard also lost power, which returned moments later before going out again.
Mariners 4, Devil Rays 2, 11 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Randy Winn and Bret Boone each hit RBI singles during a three-run 11th, and Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak. Miguel Olivo drew a leadoff walk from Tampa Bay closer Danys Baez (3-2) in the 11th and went to second on Justin Leone's sacrifice bunt. Olivo advanced to third on a single by Jose Lopez and scored when third baseman Geoff Blum misplayed Ichiro Suzuki's grounder for an error.
Cubs 5, Rockies 1
DENVER -- Mark Prior pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight by completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Derrek Lee and Corey Patterson each hit a solo home run off Jason Jennings (10-9) for the Cubs.
Reds 12, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Harang pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and Sean Casey went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in Cincinnati's victory over slumping San Francisco. Adam Dunn's three-run homer capped the Reds' 10-run rally in the eighth inning against San Francisco's miserable bullpen. Dunn hit his third homer in two days, and Casey had a two-run single for his 1,000th career hit as Cincinnati padded its second straight victory after losing 11 of 12.
Mets 11, Brewers 6
MILWAUKEE -- David Wright homered and drove in six runs, helping Victor Zambrano win his New York debut in a victory over Milwaukee. Wright, who entered with only four career RBIs, hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a three-run double in the fourth as the Mets completed a three-game sweep. The highly touted third baseman finished one short of the team record for RBIs by a rookie, set by Jeromy Burnitz on Aug. 5, 1993, against Montreal.
Marlins 11, Diamondbacks 5
PHOENIX -- Carl Pavano pitched into the eighth inning on three days' rest and hit an RBI single, leading Florida past Arizona. Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera homered for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Pavano (12-4) won his third straight to match his career high for wins, allowing five runs and seven hits in 71/3 innings. He pitched three innings in a rainout Sunday against Montreal and threw 43 pitches, but still started Thursday in place of A.J. Burnett, whose start was pushed back a day.
Braves 6, Astros 5
HOUSTON -- Pinch-hitter Marcus Giles' sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth for Atlanta. With the game tied at 5, J.D. Drew hit a leadoff single and Chipper Jones doubled off reliever Dan Miceli (4-6). After an intentional walk to Andruw Jones loaded the bases, Giles hit a lazy fly to right that scored Drew. Eli Marrero hit a two-run homer and Julio Franco also drove in two runs for the Braves.
Cardinals 2, Expos 1
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Chris Carpenter (12-4) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings. Jim Edmonds also connected for the Cardinals, who have won 13 of 17 to move a season-high 31 games over .500. Jose Vidro had an RBI double for Montreal. Rolen hit his 26th homer over the center-field fence on a 2-1 pitch from Luis Ayala (3-7) leading off the eighth.
Phillies 5, Padres 3, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO -- David Bell hit a two-run single off Trevor Hoffman in the 10th to give the Phillies their third straight win. With two outs and the bases loaded, Bell singled to right field in front of a diving Brian Giles to score Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco. The win kept the Phillies 41/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.