ST. LOUIS Woody Williams took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Toronto 13-5 Thursday night in a game the Blue Jays played under protest.
Williams held Toronto hitless until Orlando Hudson singled with one out in the eighth. He also hit a bases-loaded triple and drove in four runs.
The Blue Jays lodged their protest in the second inning after an umpire's reversal on a fly ball cost them a triple play. With Eduardo Perez on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Mike Matheny hit a shallow fly ball and left fielder Frank Catalanotto tried for a shoestring grab. Third-base umpire Kerwin Danley ruled it was a catch, and the Blue Jays trapped Perez and Martinez off base.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sprinted onto the field to argue, and after the umpires huddled for several minutes, they ruled it a base hit and the St. Louis runners re-emerged from the dugout, loading the bases.
Mariners 5, Phillies 4
PHILADELPHIA Mike Cameron's three-run homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning led the Seattle Mariners to their ninth straight victory.
After rallying in the top of the ninth, the Mariners escaped a bases-loaded jam when Kazuhiro Sasaki struck out Jim Thome and retired Bobby Abreu on a fly ball.
The Mariners trailed 4-2 when Bret Boone hit a single to start the ninth and John Olerud walked. Cameron then fouled off two consecutive bunt attempts before hitting an 0-2 pitch into the left-field bullpen.
Julio Mateo (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for Seattle, and Sasaki worked the ninth for his 10th save in 14 chances.
Cubs 8, Devil Rays 1
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit an RBI single in the first inning and also reached on an error during Chicago's seven-run third as the Cubs routed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-1 Thursday.
Sosa, in a batting tailspin since coming off the disabled list Friday, went 1-for-4 and is now 4-for-24 in his last six games. He is still waiting to learn what his punishment will be for using a corked bat. An announcement on Sosa's possible suspension could come as early as Friday, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.
Yankees 10, Reds 2
CINCINNATI Hideki Matsui responded to a batting-order demotion with a two-run homer and three doubles as the Yankees earned a long-awaited win in Cincinnati.
The Yankees won the 1961 World Series against the Reds, but got swept when they returned in 1976 against the Big Red Machine. They also dropped the first two games of their interleague series, and some of the 42,282 fans that showed up for the final game waved brooms with '76 inscribed in red.
Jose Contreras (3-1) escaped two bases-loaded threats as he remained perfect in two starts. He gave up five hits in seven innings, including Jason LaRue's homer in the second.
Matsui's long homer completed a five-run third inning off Danny Graves (3-5) that set the tone and ended his 2-for-23 slump. He doubled each of his next three times up, finishing 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
New York's 10 doubles tied the club record.
Pirates 5, Red Sox 4
PITTSBURGH Kenny Lofton homered and hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for the Pirates, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Reboulet had an infield single off reliever Ramiro Mendoza (1-2) in the eighth, stole second base and moved to third on Abraham Nunez's pinch-hit single. Lofton then hit a long fly ball to center field.
Pittsburgh reliever Brian Boehringer (3-1) got two outs for the victory. Mike Williams pitched the ninth inning for his 16th save.
Boston's Trot Nixon hit his third home run in three games, leading off the seventh with a shot that tied it at 4. It was his sixth home run of the season.
Lofton opened the fourth with his seventh home run of the season. He scored twice and reached base three times for the Pirates, and has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games.
Braves 8, Rangers 4
ATLANTA Javy Lopez hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as the Atlanta completed a sweep of Texas.
Lopez, who had missed five straight games with a sore hamstring, led off the seventh by knocking a 0-1 pitch from Aaron Fultz (1-1) into the left-field stands.
Gary Sheffield also homered for the Braves, who extended Texas' longest losing streak of the season to six games.
Rockies 7, Indians 4
DENVER Bobby Estalella homered and drove in three runs and Larry Walker had three RBIs as Colorado swept an AL opponent for just the third time in its history.
The Rockies have won eight straight at home and four straight overall.
Colorado starter Jason Jennings (4-5) allowed four runs in seven innings to win for the first time since May 10 against Florida. He struck out six Cleveland hitters to improve to 3-0 in five starts at Coors Field this season.
Padres 5, Tigers 1
SAN DIEGO Keith Lockhart hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning as San Diego avoided a three-game sweep.
The Tigers (16-41) are once again saddled with baseball's worst record, having given it up for one day to the Padres. San Diego (18-43) pulled percentage points ahead. The Padres also snapped a five-game losing streak to the Tigers dating to the last three games of the 1984 World Series, which Detroit won 4-1.
Marlins 2, Athletics 0
MIAMI Rookie Dontrelle Willis pitched seven impressive innings against the team he grew up rooting for, outdueling Oakland's Ted Lilly.
Willis (4-1), an Oakland native, gave up five hits. He struck out four and walked three, and has given up one run or less in each of his last three outings.
Lilly (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings.
Braden Looper got the Marlins out of a jam in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
The Athletics put runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth against Vladimir Nunez. Looper retired Miguel Tejada on a groundout and, working around an intentional walk, struck out Jermaine Dye and Ramon Hernandez.
Astros 11, Orioles 1
HOUSTON Roy Oswalt struck out a season-high 11 and Brian Hunter drove in four runs with four hits as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep.
Hunter matched his career highs in hits and RBIs. Morgan Ensberg homered and drove in four runs for Houston.
Oswalt (4-4) pitched seven innings and gave up one run and eight hits.
Omar Daal (4-6) fell to 1-8 lifetime against the Astros.
Plate umpire Mike DiMuro left with a bloody face after being hit in the face by a throw from Orioles pitcher Travis Driskill on a squeeze play in the third inning.
Expos 8, Angels 7
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Ron Calloway, filling in for the injured Vladimir Guerrero, hit a game-ending, two-run single with two outs in the 14th to lead Montreal.
Calloway also hit a three-run homer as the Expos won for just the second time in 10 games. With one out in the 14th, Endy Chavez singled and Orlando Cabrera hit a slow roller down the third base line for an infield hit. Jose Vidro then hit an RBI single against Mickey Callaway (1-4).
After Brad Wilkerson struck out, Vidro stole second and Wil Cordero walked to load the bases. Calloway then lined a single to right field.
White Sox 3, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX Frank Thomas homered and doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tony Graffanino had a one-out, broken-bat single in the 10th, and Thomas followed with a drive down the left-field line off Scott Service (0-2), scoring Graffanino from first.
Brian Daubach had a solo homer for the White Sox, who won for the fifth time in 14 games.
Relievers Damaso Marte and Billy Koch (2-2) each pitched two innings to combine with starter Dan Wright on a three-hitter.
Dodgers 5, Royals 2
LOS ANGELES Kevin Brown pitched won his seventh straight decision as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals.
Brown (8-1) allowed five hits and two runs before being lifted for a pinch-hitter immediately after Cesar Izturis' single in the seventh broke a 2-2 tie.
Fred McGriff hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth off reliever Rick DeHart to give the Dodgers some breathing room. It was McGriff's 10th homer of the season and the 488th of his career.
Twins 5, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO Kyle Lohse shut down San Francisco for eight innings and Cristian Guzman had three hits for the Twins, who won two of three in this interleague series between division leaders.
Lohse (5-4) retired the first 11 hitters he faced until Rich Aurilia singled with two outs in the fourth, and has pitched over six innings in each of his last seven starts.
He gave up two runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out four.
Eddie Guardado finished for his 17th save in 17 chances. He set a team record with his 24th straight save, one more than LaTroy Hawkins had in 2001.
Jesse Foppert (3-5) lasted five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
Brewers 8, Mets 7
Brewers 5, Mets 3
NEW YORK Ben Sheets pitched seven sharp innings as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a doubleheader sweep of the New York Mets on Thursday, 5-3.
The Mets, who lost the first game 8-7, saw second-game starter Tom Glavine (5-6) leave with an injured elbow after allowing five runs, four hits and five walks in one-plus innings.
Losing Glavine for any period would be devastating to the Mets, who already have four pitchers on the DL. Fifth starter Pedro Astacio will likely have right shoulder surgery next Tuesday.
Sheets (6-4 ) retired the first nine batters he faced and went more than seven innings for the third consecutive start.
Richie Sexson and Eric Young each homered and doubled in the first game, which was Milwaukee's first win at Shea Stadium since Sept. 11, 2000 nine games.
Milwaukee knocked out Mets starter Steve Trachsel (4-3) after a season-low four innings. Trachsel tied a career worst by giving up four homers. Matt Kinney (4-4) allowed five runs four earned and seven hits in six innings.
Mike DeJean pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
New York's Art Howe managed his 2,000th and 2,001st games, falling to 26-32 with the Mets. In his 13th season, he is 1,018-983.
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