AROUND THE HORN Thursday's other games
Devil Rays 7, Yankees 4
NEW YORK -- Carl Crawford hit a two-run double and scored three times, and Mark Hendrickson (9-7) won his fifth straight decision. Jonny Gomes and Jorge Cantu also drove in two runs apiece, helping the last-place Devil Rays build a 6-0 lead and i & aelig;mprove to 11-5 against the Yankees this season. Rookie right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (6-4) returned from a two-month stint on the disabled list and lasted five innings. After recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, he gave up three runs and eight hits, dropping to 0-3 against Hendrickson this year. Danys Baez retired Alex Rodriguez with a runner on to end the eighth, then finished for his 35th save. He has seven saves against New York this year, tying Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox in 1990 for the most against the Yankees in one season.
Angels 3, Red Sox 0
BOSTON -- Paul Byrd (11-9) allowed four hits in seven innings for Los Angeles, which avoided a three-game sweep. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 35th save, ending the game by striking out pinch-hitter Roberto Petagine on three pitches with the bases loaded. Matt Clement (13-4) allowed three runs and five hits in 62/3 innings. He had won three straight decisions, but also received no decision in five other starts since July 16. Consecutive doubles by Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the fourth put the Angels ahead.
Royals 4, White Sox 2
CHICAGO -- J.P. Howell (2-5) pitched six innings to combine with three relievers on a two-hitter and Angel Berroa had a go-ahead homer as Kansas City ended Chicago's seven-game winning streak. Kansas City had been 0-8 at Chicago this year. Andrew Sisco, Ambiorix Burgos and Mike MacDougal pitched one hitless inning each. MacDougal retired the side in the ninth for his 18th save. Freddy Garcia (12-8) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Marlins 8, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON -- Josh Beckett hit his first career home run and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Pierre drove in three runs each to lead Florida. Beckett (13-8) struck out seven in 62/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He had been 0-2 in three starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 23.
Cardinals 5, Mets 0
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter became the first 21-game winner in the major leagues and Albert Pujols homered twice. New York has lost 10 of 12. St. Louis cut the magic number for clinching its second straight NL Central title to 10. Carpenter (21-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.21. Carpenter gave up two hits in the first, then retired 16 in a row -- with just two batters hitting balls that reached the outfield -- before Carlos Beltran singled leading off the seventh. Three relievers followed him and completed a four-hitter, the 13th shutout for St. Louis this season. Pujols has three homers in his last five at-bats and four in four games. He just missed another in the first inning, flying out to the center-field warning track.