AROUND THE HORN
Thursday's other games
Twins 6, Tigers 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Silva pitched his second complete game, working around nine hits and spurring the Minnesota Twins out of their slump. The Twins took advantage of Jason Johnson's bases-loaded wild pitch in the first and ended a four-game losing streak. Matthew LeCroy homered and drove in three runs as Minnesota won for only the fourth time in 13 games. Chris Shelton had three hits, including a home run, for the Tigers, who had won four straight and seven of eight.
Silva (6-3) struck out two without a walk. Johnson (5-6) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Athletics 5, Mariners 0
SEATTLE -- Kirk Saarloos (4-4) pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout. Saarloos tied his career high with seven strikeouts and walked none. His only previous complete game was a six-hit shutout for Houston over Pittsburgh July 25, 2002. Scott Hatteberg had four hits for the eighth time in his career, and Oakland finished with 16 hits. Ryan Franklin (3-9) allowed five runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Devil Rays 9, Yankees 4
NEW YORK -- Jorge Cantu hit a pair of two-run homers, and Tampa Bay won its first series at Yankee Stadium since Sept. 24-27, 1999, improving to 7-3 overall against New York this year. Damon Hollins added a three-run double as Tampa Bay took three of four from the Yankees. The Devil Rays are 8-29 on the road but half those wins have been at Yankee Stadium, where they are 4-2. They do not have a winning record in any other ballpark, including their own, where they are 18-18.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2
TORONTO -- Roy Halladay (11-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He had been 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in two outings against the Orioles this year. Orlando Hudson had three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took three of four from the Orioles to move within 5 1/2 games of the AL East leader. Sidney Ponson (7-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.42.
Mets 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Kazuhisa Ishii pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and Jose Reyes had three hits and stole three bases. Doug Mientkiewicz homered and drove in two runs for the last-place Mets, 6-3 against Philadelphia this season. Jim Thome and Todd Pratt homered for the Phillies, who have lost six of nine after winning 12 of 13. Ishii (2-6) gave up three runs and six hits for his second win in nine starts. Cory Lidle (6-6) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Brewers 8, Cubs 7
MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Mike Remlinger (0-2) with two outs in the eighth as Milwaukee overcame a 6-4 deficit and a pair of Derrek Lee homers to gain a split of the four-game series. Ricky Bottalico (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first win since June 17 last year with the New York Mets, and Derrick Turnbow finished for his 12th save. Lee had three hits to raise his major league-leading average to .395 and took over the home run lead with 22. Chicago has lost six of its last eight games and eight of 11.
Dodgers 4, Padres 3
SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Kent hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 10th, his second late-inning RBI, and Los Angeles rallied for a split of the four-game series. Cesar Izturis doubled off Trevor Hoffman (0-4) opening the 10th, was sacrificed to third by Mike Edwards and scored on Kent's fly to center. San Diego's Mark Sweeney reached second with one out in the ninth but was picked off by Duaner Sanchez (2-3). Dave Roberts then flied out. Yhency Brazoban pitched the 10th for his 13th save.
Marlins 8, Braves 0
ATLANTA -- Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter to become the NL's first 12-game winner. Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and drove in a career-high six runs for the Marlins, who were outscored 13-0 in the first two games of the series, but used Willis' dominant outing to salvage the finale. Willis (12-2) walked one and struck out seven in his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career. He stretched his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 19 in his eighth career complete game and fourth this season. Jorge Sosa (3-1) gave up only four hits and three runs in six innings, but two of the hits were Cabrera's 13th and 14th homers. Cabrera added a two-run single off Braves reliever Adam Bernero in the Marlins' four-run seventh inning, and an RBI single off Dan Kolb in the ninth.
Diamondbacks 7, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO -- Troy Glaus homered and Brandon Webb (8-3) pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly three weeks. Luis Gonzalez had two hits, drove in a run and scored for the Diamondbacks, who split the four-game series and concluded their second straight disappointing road trip at 4-6. Arizona has won only one of its last nine series since taking two of three at Detroit from May 20-22. Shawn Green tripled and scored a run, and Quinton McCracken and Alex Cintron each added key eighth-inning RBI singles for Arizona. Chris Snyder was 0-for-10 in the series before hitting a double in the eighth. Kirk Rueter (2-7) lost his fourth straight start and fifth consecutive decision and is winless in seven starts since May 13 at Houston.
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