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AROUND THE HORN | Monday's other games



Published: Tue, July 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



AMERICAN LEAGUE

Devil Rays 3, Red Sox 1

BOSTON -- Scott Kazmir overcame control problems to hold Boston to three hits over six innings, handing the Red Sox their sixth loss in seven games. Kazmir (4-7) walked six to bring his AL-leading total to 62, struck out seven and allowed an unearned run. Damon Hollins hit his first major league triple and scored in the second, and Joey Gathright hit a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Kazmir, two relievers and Danys Baez, who earned his 17th save, held Boston to three hits -- none for Johnny Damon, who lined to right for the game's final out. That stopped his hitting streak at 29 games, the longest in the majors since Albert Pujols of St. Louis in 2003. Wade Miller (2-4) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to remain winless in his last eight starts.

White Sox 7, Tigers 5

CHICAGO -- Joe Crede's three-run homer highlighted Chicago's five-run seventh inning as it won its fifth straight after losing three in a row heading into the All-Star break. Crede's home was one of three the White Sox hit in their big inning that started with them trailing 4-1. Paul Konerko hit reliever Chris Spurling's first pitch of the seventh for his 21st homer. One out later, Jermaine Dye doubled and A.J. Pierzynski singled, setting up Crede's 13th homer. Juan Uribe then broke an 0-for-23 slump with another homer off Spurling (2-1), who gave up five runs and five hits in one-third of an inning. He had given up just one home run in 30 innings before Monday. Frank Thomas added a solo homer in the eighth, his 12th. Luis Vizcaino (4-3) got the win, pitching two perfect innings of relief. Cliff Politte allowed Ivan Rodriguez's eighth homer in the ninth but still earned his first save of the season. Brandon Inge led off the game with a home run for the Tigers.

Yankees 11, Rangers 10

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui homered and Ruben Sierra hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth to give New York the victory that moved the Yankees back into first place. New York, which won for the 11th time in 13 games, improved to a season-high nine games over .500 (50-41) and leads the AL East by a half-game over Boston and Baltimore. Kevin Brown, sidelined by a back injury since June 18, gave up three runs in the first but the Yankees scored six in the second and led 9-6 in the sixth before giving up four runs.

Orioles 3, Twins 2, 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sammy Sosa homered to move past Mark McGwire on the career list, Rafael Palmeiro had three hits to tie Al Kaline and Miguel Tejada homered in the 11th inning to lift Baltimore. Sosa's two-run homer in the seventh was his 584th, moving him into sole possession of sixth place, two behind Frank Robinson. Palmeiro went 3-for-5 to tie Kaline for 24th place at 3,007. Tejada had not homered since June 18, a span of 95 at-bats, before connecting on a 1-2 slider from Juan Rincon (1-2) to break a 2-2 tie. It was Tejada's 20th of the season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rockies 5, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON -- Washington third baseman Vinny Castilla's second error of the game allowed Colorado to score the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning. With a runner on second and two outs, Nationals closer Chad Cordero (2-2) got Aaron Miles to hit a seemingly routine grounder to third. But the ball went past Castilla, allowing Eddie Garabito to score the go-ahead run. Castilla, playing with tendinitis in his left knee, also made a throwing error in the fifth that contributed to Colorado's second run. Each team made three errors. Jose Acevedo (1-0), activated off the disabled list before the game, allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth to get the win. Brian Fuentes got his 13th save in 15 chances.

Cubs 9, Reds 4

CINCINNATI -- Derrek Lee hit two of Chicago's five homers off Brandon Claussen and became the first major leaguer to reach 30 homers this season. He hit solo shots off Claussen (4-7) in his first two at-bats. Todd Walker also homered twice, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the Cubs' biggest homer barrage of the season. The five homers equaled the most ever off a Reds pitcher. Jerome Williams (2-3) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs, who have won seven of eight. The loss snapped Cincinnati's three-game winning streak, its longest this season.

Cardinals 11, Brewers 4

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered, singled, doubled and scored four times, helping Matt Morris win his 11th game for St. Louis. Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and three RBIs and Abraham Nunez had two hits and three RBIs for the Cardinals, who have won 10 of 12. Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee, which had won five of its previous six games. Carlos Lee singled twice and doubled his first three at-bats after entering 0-for-23 against St. Louis this season. Morris (11-2) scattered eight hits over five innings, allowing two runs. Victor Santos (2-10), 0-6 in eight starts since beating Colorado on May 24, gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings.

Associated Press




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