NEW YORK Mike Mussina won his third straight start, Alex Rodriguez got a big hit with the bases loaded and the suddenly surging New York Yankees polished off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 6-3 victory Sunday.
Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano each added an RBI single for the Yankees, who improved to 6-0 on their 13-game homestand following a 3-9 road trip.
Jeromy Burnitz homered and Todd Walker drove in two runs for the slumping Cubs, who have lost four in a row and six of seven. They dropped to 0-7 at Yankee Stadium.
Coming off a five-hit shutout of Pittsburgh that began the winning streak, Mussina (8-4) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Indians 3, Diamondbacks 2
CLEVELAND Jake Westbrook pitched eight strong innings and Cleveland extended its winning streak to nine games with a victory over Arizona.
The Indians completed their third straight series sweep and improved to 6-0 on a 12-game homestand. They are 20-7 since May 21.
Westbrook (4-9) won consecutive starts for the first time since September. The right-hander was an All-Star when he went 14-9 in 2004, but has struggled with little run support this year. The Indians have scored only 15 runs in his nine losses.
Brewers 5, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO Carlos Lee drove in his NL-leading 60th run, and Chris Capuano and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to lead Milwaukee over Toronto.
The Brewers went 3-6 on their road trip, but ended it with two wins after calling a players-only meeting Friday night.
Orioles 4, Rockies 2
BALTIMORE Rafael Palmeiro hit his 560th career home run to give Baltimore a sixth-inning lead, and the Orioles shook off manager Lee Mazzilli's first career ejection to beat the Colorado.
Rookie Hayden Penn (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who won two of three from Colorado to wrap up a 5-1 homestand.
Baltimore trailed 2-1 before Eli Marrero led off the sixth with a single off Jeff Francis (5-5) and Palmeiro lifted a 1-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers. His ninth homer of the season left him three short of tying Reggie Jackson for 10th place on the career list.
Padres 5, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS Damian Jackson hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh inning, and Darrell May outpitched AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana to help the San Diego beat Minnesota.
May (1-1), who started in place of Jake Peavy so the Padres ace could face division rival Los Angeles on Monday, gave up just three hits in six innings. Matthew LeCroy's homer in the fifth was his only mistake.
Royals 7, Astros 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Runelvys Hernandez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Emil Brown hit a three-run homer, leading Kansas City over Houston.
Hernandez (5-7), who missed all of last season after having elbow surgery, won his third consecutive start.
Brown homered to left in the seventh following a single by Terrence Long and a walk to Matt Stairs. Brown, who had eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 209 big league games entering this season, has eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 58 games this year. Brown's home run broke a four-game homer-less drought by the Royals.
Red Sox 8, Pirates 0
BOSTON Matt Clement gave up three hits in seven innings, Jay Payton hit a two-run homer, and Boston beat Pittsburgh.
David Ortiz hit a two-run triple, and Bill Mueller and Kevin Millar each drove in two runs as the Red Sox bounced back after being shut out at Fenway Park on Saturday for the first time since September 2003.
Tigers 10, Giants 8, 10 innings
DETROIT Placido Polanco homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and Chris Shelton hit a tying two-run shot in the ninth, leading Detroit over San Francisco.
Rondell White also homered for the Tigers, who took two of three from the Giants. Todd Linden and Lance Niekro hit home runs for San Francisco.
Nationals 8, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas Travis Hughes struck out three of the five batters he faced for his first major league win, Brad Wilkerson drove in four runs and Washington avoided a three-game series sweep against Texas.
Hughes (1-0), a former Rangers farmhand, took over with two outs in the fifth after spot starter Sun-woo Kim left with a cramp in his right forearm. There was a 1-1 count on Michael Young, who then struck out against Hughes, who struck out two more batters in the sixth.
Cardinals 8, Devil Rays 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. John Mabry drove in four runs and Albert Pujols had three hits and two RBIs, leading St. Louis over Tampa Bay.
Jeff Suppan (6-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for his first win in 11 career starts against the Devil Rays, helping the first-place Cardinals increase their lead in the NL Central to a season-high 9 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs.
Athletics 5, Phillies 2
OAKLAND, Calif. Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Eric Chavez homered, leading Oakland over Philadelphia.
Blanton (3-6) won for the third time in four starts and Adam Melhuse drove in two runs as the A's won their fifth in seven games.
Mariners 11, Mets 5
SEATTLE Tom Glavine lasted just 2 1-3 innings in his shortest start in two years, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep of New York.
Marlins 7, Angels 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jeff Conine homered and drove in four runs, and Florida bounced back from consecutive extra-inning losses to beat Los Angeles and avoid a three-game sweep.
White Sox 4, Dodgers 3
CHICAGO Aaron Rowand singled in two runs off reliever Duaner Sanchez in the eighth inning, helping the White Sox beat the Dodgers for their fourth straight win.
With Chicago trailing 3-2, pinch-hitter Frank Thomas led off the eighth with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna. Scott Podsednik reached first when catcher Jason Phillips was charged with a throwing error on Podsednik's sacrifice bunt though the Dodgers felt Jeff Kent had his foot on the base when he took the throw and Podsednik should have been out.
Reds 11, Braves 8
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a slump-busting 11-8 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Griffey's 513th homer moved him into sole possession of 16th place on the career list and snapped Cincinnati's six-game losing streak.
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