AROUND THE HORN



AROUND THE HORN
Friday's other games
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Yankees 8, Blue Jays 7
TORONTO -- Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams each homered for New York. Esteban Loaiza failed to make it out of the fifth inning in another poor start since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a July 31 trade for Jose Contreras. He was removed after allowing four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Tanyon Sturtze (5-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win. No Yankee starter has posted a win since Jon Lieber beat Seattle on Aug. 13 -- 13 games. Carlos Delgado's three-run homer off left-hander C.J. Nitkowski cut New York's lead to 8-7 in the seventh.
Red Sox 5, Tigers 3
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez singled and scored before leaving with a bruised knee, and the streaking Red Sox beat Detroit for their 10th victory in 11 games. Ricky Gutierrez singled three times and drove in two runs, and Mark Bellhorn had a pair of hits to help the Red Sox win for the 13th time in 16 games and improve to a season-high 21 games over .500. The win was tempered by the loss of Ramirez, who fouled a pitch off his left knee. He was day to day after X-rays were negative. Derek Lowe (12-10) allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking out seven.
Rangers 6, Orioles 4
ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Wasdin pitched six strong innings in his return from the minors as Texas handed Baltimore its 11th consecutive loss. Eric Young reached base in all four plate appearances, with two walks and two singles. He stole a base, scored Texas' first run and drove in the last two. With their 11th win in 14 games, the Rangers remain two games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. They also beat the Orioles for the first time in 10 tries. Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5, including his 25th homer, in Baltimore's latest loss. The season-long losing streak follows a stretch in which the Orioles won 11 of 13, including a four-game home sweep of Texas.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Astros 15, Cubs 7
CHICAGO -- Carlos Beltran hit two home runs and three other Houston players also homered off a shaky Kerry Wood as the Astros snapped the Cubs' five-game winning streak. Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman belted back-to-back solo shots off Wood and Jeff Kent added a homer as Houston won for the ninth time in 12 games, moving back to within six games of Chicago in the National League wild-card race.
Expos 10, Padres 3
MONTREAL -- Brad Wilkerson homered and had three RBIs, and Tony Batista hit a two-run homer. Scott Downs (2-4) allowed eight hits and three runs in seven innings to help end San Diego's four-game winning streak. Recalled from Triple-A Edmonton on Thursday, he was making his sixth start of the season.
Jay Payton drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and hit his fifth homer in the seventh for the Padres, who swept a four-game series in New York to start their 10-game road trip.
Braves 5, Giants 3
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds hit a three-run shot for his 694th homer, but Chipper Jones' two-run drive helped Atlanta captured its fifth straight victory.
Jaret Wright set a career high with his 13th win. Wright (13-6) also drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning bunt. Wright, who was 12-10 with Cleveland in 1998, had not won in double figures again before emerging as a surprising strength in the Braves' rotation. He pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
Mets 9, Dodgers 2
NEW YORK -- Gerald Williams singled twice in a six-run first inning and the New York Mets broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, ending a five-game losing streak. Tom Glavine hit an RBI single during the early burst and coasted to his 260th career win. Dodgers starter Wilson Alvarez came out in the second inning with a bruised left forearm after being struck by Cliff Floyd's hard one-hopper.
Marlins 3, Rockies 0
MIAMI -- Ismael Valdez allowed just four hits before leaving in the seventh inning because of an Achilles' injury, and Luis Castillo hit an RBI single. Castillo hit his run-scoring single in the second off Joe Kennedy, who started while he awaits a hearing on his appeal of a five-game suspension stemming from a scuffle on Aug. 15 with Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall.
Phillies 6, Brewers 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Vicente Padilla pitched seven shutout innings for his first win in more than three months as Philadelphia sent Milwaukee to its ninth straight loss. The Phillies snapped a seven-game home losing streak. They scored all their runs with two outs in the fifth inning, keyed by two-run singles from Bobby Abreu and David Bell. Rheal Cormier pitched a hitless eighth but Todd Jones gave up Geoff Jenkins' 20th homer in the ninth, spoiling the shutout bid.
Diamondbacks 4, Reds 3, 11 innings
CINCINNATI -- Alex Cintron hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to victory. Andy Green tripled off the right-field wall with one out against Joe Valentine (1-3). After Quinton McCracken walked, Cintron hit a soft liner to center. Brian Bruney (3-3) allowed one hit in the 10th for the win. Greg Aquino pitched the 11th for his eighth save.
The Reds trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Austin Kearns scored on Jacob Cruz's pinch-hit double off the left-field wall. Adam Dunn tied it with his 38th homer of the season and second in three games leading off the eighth.
Associated Press
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