AROUND THE HORN Friday's other games
White Sox 8, Red Sox 7
BOSTON -- Aaron Rowand hit two home runs, the second a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to victory over the Boston Red Sox. It was Rowand's first career two-homer game and his four RBIs tied a career high. His big night helped Jose Contreras (10-5), making his third start for the White Sox since being acquired from the New York Yankees, earn his first career victory against the Red Sox. He entered the game with an 0-4 record and 16.43 ERA in six appearances, including five starts, against Boston.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO -- Sidney Ponson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Toronto Blue Jays, their 10th win in 11 games. Ponson (8-12) is 5-0 in his last six starts after losing nine straight. He allowed five hits, while striking out six and walking one in six-plus innings. Signed to a $22.5 million, three-year contract in the offseason, Ponson was 3-12 with a 6.29 ERA on July 4 after losing his ninth straight start. His ERA is down to 5.47.
Rangers 5, Devil Rays 3
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Laynce Nix and Alfonso Soriano each homered, and Kenny Rogers earned his 14th victory to lead the Texas Rangers over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Nix, who was just 3-for-21 in his last seven games, hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Rob Bell. Soriano added a solo shot in the fifth. Rogers (14-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Rangers, who had lost six of their past seven games.
Padres 14, Reds 5
CINCINNATI -- Khalil Greene had his first two-homer game, and Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko each connected in a five-run first inning to lead the San Diego Padres over the Cincinnati Reds. Greene, a rookie, also set career highs with four hits and four RBIs and scored four times as the Padres set a season high for runs. With the win, the Padres moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL wild-card race.
Cardinals 4, Braves 1
ATLANTA -- Woody Williams won his sixth straight decision, Albert Pujols and Larry Walker homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves in the series opener between division leaders. Williams (9-6) allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings as St. Louis stretched its NL Central lead over the Chicago Cubs to 13 1/2 games. He has six wins and five no-decisions since his last loss June 8 at Chicago against the Cubs.
Mets 10, Diamondbacks 6
NEW YORK -- Rookie Danny Garcia hit a three-run homer and Richard Hidalgo and Mike Cameron also connected, leading the New York Mets to victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the eighth straight loss for the Diamondbacks and their 82nd this season, guaranteeing the team that won the World Series in 2001 a sub-.500 season.
Dodgers 8, Cubs 1
CHICAGO -- Odalis Perez outpitched Greg Maddux before Steve Finley helped the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers pull away at the end to beat the Chicago Cubs. Leading 2-1, the Dodgers scored six times in the ninth inning, taking advantage of Chicago's wilting bullpen and the Cubs' wobbly defense. The NL West leaders won for the 28th time in 37 games. Steve Finley hit an RBI single to break a 1 tie in the sixth.
Brewers 6, Marlins 4
MILWAUKEE -- Wes Obermueller gave up two hits in seven shutout innings in an emergency start for the Milwaukee Brewers, earning his first win in almost 11 weeks with a victory over the Florida Marlins. Russell Branyan and Lyle Overbay each hit two-run homers for the Brewers, who won for just the third time in 10 games. Obermueller (4-6) took the place of Chris Capuano, who was scratched just before the game with a sore left forearm.
Expos 6, Astros 5, 12 innings
MONTREAL -- Alex Gonzalez hit a tying homer in the 12th inning and Terrmel Sledge singled in the winning run, giving the Montreal Expos a come-from-behind victory over the Houston Astros. Morgan Ensberg hit a leadoff homer on the first pitch from Claudio Vargas (5-4) to put Houston up 5-4 in the top of the 12th. Down to Montreal's last out, Gonzalez homered over the center-field wall on a 2-0 pitch from Chad Harville (0-2).