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AROUND THE HORN



Published: Sun, July 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



AROUND THE HORN

Sunday's other games

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Yankees 1, Tigers 0

DETROIT -- Chien-Ming Wang allowed five hits in seven innings and Gary Sheffield drove in the game's only run, leading New York to its first in 28 tries this season when scoring three runs or fewer. Starting in place of the injured Carl Pavano, Wang (5-3) walked one and struck out two. It was the first time the rookie did not allow a run in a start. Tom Gordon pitched the eighth and Mariano Rivera worked around a leadoff double to Ivan Rodriguez in the ninth, earning his 18th save in 20 tries. Nate Robertson (3-7) took another tough loss, allowing just nine hits in his second complete game in three starts. The Tigers are 1-5 on their homestand and have lost eight of 10 overall.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2

BOSTON -- Roy Halladay pitched eight strong innings for his 12th win, leading Toronto to its eighth win in 11 meetings this season with first-place Boston. Halladay (12-4) escaped jams in the fifth and sixth to hold the highest-scoring team in the major leagues to one run and five hits. He walked two and struck out six in lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.33. Halladay's 12 wins are one behind Chicago's Jon Garland and Florida's Dontrelle Willis for the major league lead. Scott Schoeneweis earned his first save since Aug. 30, 2002, for the Angels against Baltimore. Boston's Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games with a first-inning single. Bronson Arroyo (6-5) took the loss, giving up three runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Twins 3, Devil Rays 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matthew LeCroy homered and Joe Mays pitched seven strong innings as Minnesota improved to 6-0 against Tampa Bay this season. Mike Redmond drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Minnesota, which has won six of its last seven games. Carl Crawford had three hits and Travis Lee homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost five straight and eight of nine. The Rays fell to 8-32 on the road -- 4-2 at Yankee Stadium and 4-30 everywhere else.

Athletics 7, White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito pitched eight solid innings, and Oakland sent Mark Buehrle to his first loss in nearly three months. Jason Kendall drove in the go-ahead run with a single for the A's, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Buehrle (10-2) hadn't lost in 15 starts since April 10, but Chicago's star left-hander never got comfortable in the Coliseum, where he's winless in 10 career appearances. He allowed a season-high 14 hits and the A's snapped his career-best nine-game winning streak. Zito (5-8) gave up early solo homers to Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye, but mostly stayed in control during his third win in five starts.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Astros 9, Reds 0

CINCINNATI -- Roger Clemens threw seven shutout innings for his 335th win and got two hits as the Houston Astros sent the sloppy Cincinnati Reds to their worst first-half record in 71 years. Clemens (7-3) allowed four hits and one walk with four strikeouts, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.41. He has allowed just one run in 46 innings over seven starts on the road. He also drove in a run with a single and hit a ground-rule double. Willy Taveras tied his career high with four hits, including three infield singles, as the Astros built a 4-0 lead with four unearned runs on the way to their third win in the four-game series and fifth victory on a seven-game road trip. Morgan Ensberg hit his 22nd homer for Houston, just 14-29 on the road.

Marlins 3, Mets 0

NEW YORK -- Dontrelle Willis became the National League's first 13-game winner, pitching a three-hitter to lead Florida past New York. Willis (13-3) allowed just two baserunners after the first inning and threw his major league-leading fourth shutout of the season in his 17th start. He handcuffed the Mets after pitching his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and was never in trouble after that. The high-kicking left-hander also singled and scored in the third.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 12 innings

CHICAGO -- Brian Schneider hit a solo homer in the 12th inning, and Washington overcame Chad Cordero's first blown save in more than two months to complete a three-game sweep of Chicago. The Nationals have won six straight to reach 50 wins faster than any season in franchise history. It was the first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field for the club since the Montreal Expos did it June 3-5, 1994. Brad Wilkerson hit a two-run double in the 11th, and after the Cubs tied it again, Schneider hit his sixth homer with two outs in the 12th off reliever Sergio Mitre (2-4).

Cardinals 5, Rockies 4

ST. LOUIS -- Abraham Nunez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and St. Louis denied Colorado its first road series win of the year. Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 15 games and Scott Rolen had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who split the four-game series to complete a 6-4 homestand during which they also struggled against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Colorado matched a season best with three homers, by Dustan Mohr, Luis Gonzalez and Preston Wilson. The Rockies fell to 7-33 on the road, worst in the majors since the 1982 Twins also started with that record. Ray King (2-1) got Aaron Miles to hit into an inning-ending double play in the ninth.

Padres 9, Giants 6

SAN DIEGO -- Khalil Greene drove in four runs and Brian Giles had three hits and three RBIs for the San Diego Padres, who roughed up Jason Schmidt in beating San Francisco. Schmidt (6-4) had won three straight starts, in which he allowed just three earned runs in 22 innings. But he allowed four earned runs in a five-run third and was taken out after the fourth. Tim Stauffer (2-4) won for the first time in nine starts since his big league debut on May 11 at Cincinnati. Trevor Hoffman earned his 23rd save in 25 chances, and the 416th of his career.

Associated Press




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