CHICAGO C.C. Sabathia allowed one run in eight impressive innings, and Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered in the first inning of the Cleveland Indians' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Victor Martinez had a career-high four hits for the Indians, who moved within two games of the White Sox for second place in the AL Central.
Sabathia (5-3) scattered four hits and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, including the last seven. He struck out four and walked one, and lowered his ERA from 2.95 to 2.80 second in the AL to Oakland's Tim Hudson (2.78).
Angels 10, Athletics 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, and David Eckstein hit a two-run double in the Angels' four-run fifth inning.
John Lackey (5-8) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked none while winning for only the second time in his last eight starts.
HOUSTON Lance Berkman hit a tying three-run double and Jeff Kent drove in the go-ahead run in a big fifth inning, helping the Houston Astros rally to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Berkman had four RBIs and Jason Lane homered for the Astros, who came back from a 4-0 deficit to win their second in a row.
Kent had to leave after the seventh inning after jamming his right pinkie while sliding into third base in the fifth. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1
SAN DIEGO Phil Nevin hit a rare home run at Petco Park and Trevor Hoffman earned his 368th save to take sole possession of fourth place on the career list for the Padres.
It was just the fourth win in 13 games for the Padres, who were roughed up by AL East teams in interleague play.
Hoffman, who was tied with Jeff Reardon for fourth all-time, threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
Giants 3, Dodgers 2
SAN FRANCISCO Cody Ransom singled up the middle with two outs in the ninth to drive in the winning run for the Giants.
After Dustan Mohr's two-out single, Guillermo Mota (3-2) walked pinch-hitter Damon Minor and Ray Durham to load the bases for Ransom, who got just his fifth RBI of the season.
Matt Herges (4-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win, but blew his fifth save in the top of the ninth when Jayson Werth singled to score pinch-runner Dave Roberts from third to tie it at 2.
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