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Blue Jays prevail north of the border

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2003

MONTREAL Roy Halladay won his 11th consecutive start and Vernon Wells homered for the fourth straight game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Montreal Expos 4-2 Sunday.

Pitching on three-days' rest for the first time in his 100 career starts, Halladay (11-2) extended his team-record streak and the longest in the majors in six years.

Halladay allowed two unearned and three hits, leaving after the first two batters reached in the ninth inning. He retired 16 straight batters during one stretch.

Cliff Politte got his 11th save.

Wells hit his 19th homer in the first, a two-run shot off Livan Hernandez (6-6). He added an RBI single in the fifth and he extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games.

Angels 6, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer and the Anaheim Angels ended Kevin Brown's nine-game winning streak, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Brown (10-2) had won seven straight starts. But he allowed four runs on a season-high 10 hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

The Angels won for only the third time in 10 games and avoided a sweep at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles lost for just the second time in 12 games.

Kevin Appier (5-4) held the Dodgers to one run in five innings. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Phillies 5, Red Sox 0

PHILADELPHIA Brett Myers pitched a three-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox before a sellout crowd of 60,960.

The crowd was the largest at Veterans Stadium since the 1993 home opener, and the eighth-largest since the park opened in 1971.

There were pregame ceremonies to salute the 1980 team, the only Phillies club to win the World Series. Fans received a Steve Carlton bobblehead doll.

Myers (6-6) became the fourth different Phillies pitcher to pitch a shutout this season, joining Kevin Millwood, Randy Wolf and Vicente Padilla.

Bobby Abreu, Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins homered. Byung-Hyun Kim (1-1) took the loss.

Padres 3, Mariners 1

SAN DIEGO Donaldo Mendez doubled leading off the sixth to break up Ryan Franklin's no-hit bid and Jake Peavy won his third straight start as the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners to take two of three from baseball's best team.

Peavy (7-5) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter. Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

The Padres have the majors' second-worst record, but beat Franklin (6-5).

Athletics 6, Giants 5

OAKLAND, Calif. Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics took two of three in the Bay Bridge Series, beating the San Francisco Giants.

Erubiel Durazo hit a solo homer for the go-ahead run, and Eric Chavez had a two-run double as Oakland rallied from a three-run deficit to finish a 12-game homestand with nine victories.

Barry Bonds had an RBI single for the Giants and got the 499th stolen base of his career.

In front of 55,413 fans, Ted Lilly (5-5) got the win and Keith Foulke finished for his 19th save in 22 chances. Chad Zerbe (0-1) took the loss.

Orioles 9, Braves 3

ATLANTA Jeff Conine drove in three runs, Luis Matos and B.J. Surhoff had two RBIs apiece and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a sweep in Atlanta, beating the Braves.

Jason Johnson (6-3) gave up seven hits and all three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Pat Hentgen went the rest of the way, pitching 3 2-3 hitless inning for the first save of his 12-year major league career.

Shane Reynolds (5-2) was chased after 4 1-3 innings.

Royals 5, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS Jeremy Affeldt won for the first time in seven starts and hit an RBI single as the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, taking two of three from their cross-state rivals.

There was a moment of silence before the game to remember the one-year anniversary of the death of Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.

The Royals have won six of eight overall and evened the all-time interleague series against the Cardinals at 12 wins each.

Affeldt (4-3) won for the first time since May 12, allowing a run on six hits. Mike MacDougal got his 16th save.

Garrett Stephenson (4-6) took the loss.

Cubs 2, White Sox 1

CHICAGO Blanked for seven innings by Bartolo Colon, the Chicago Cubs rallied for two runs in the eighth off reliever Damaso Marte to beat the White Sox and avert a three-game sweep.

Colon had allowed just three hits in seven strong innings and had a 1-0 lead. But after coming out to warm up in the bottom of the eighth, he was replaced by Marte (2-1).

Winner Carlos Zambrano (6-6) gave up just six hits and a run in eight innings. Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Indians 8, Pirates 5

PITTSBURGH C.C. Sabathia propped up Cleveland's weary bullpen with a six-inning start, leading the Indians past the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cleveland shook off consecutive 15-inning losses Friday and Saturday. The Indians avoided their second three-game interleague sweep in Pittsburgh in three seasons.

Sabathia (7-3), aware the bullpen was depleted after pitching 16 innings in two nights, threw 120 pitches. He won for the seventh time in eight decisions.

Danys Baez worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save in 20 chances.

Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) lost in his first major league start since 2001. He was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville after the game so the Pirates could add a reliever.

Marlins 3, Devil Rays 2

MIAMI Rookie Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI triple and Mike Lowell homered to lead the Florida Marlins over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Cabrera's third-inning triple off a billboard in center field was the Marlins' only hit until the seventh, when Lowell hit his major league-leading 23rd home run.

Carl Pavano (6-8) retired the first 13 batters before giving up four straight hits in the fifth inning. Braden Looper got four outs for his 13th save.

Devil Rays pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez (3-3) left the field for several minutes in the fourth inning to sit on the dugout bench with his right shoe and sock off while a trainer attended to a blister on his foot.

Twins 8, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE Kenny Rogers won for just the second time in seven weeks despite leaving the game after getting hit on his left ankle by a grounder in Minnesota's victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Corey Koskie, Denny Hocking, Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau homered for the Twins.

Rogers (6-3) was bruised after being hit in the sixth inning. Matt Kinney (5-6) lost in his first start against his former team.

Rockies 5, Tigers 3

DENVER Denny Neagle worked six-plus innings for his first victory of the year and Charles Johnson had a two-run single as the Colorado Rockies beat the Detroit Tigers.

Neagle (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits, fanning six in 6 1-3 innings in his second start of the season. Neagle, who hadn't won since Sept. 4 at San Francisco, spent the first 71 games of the year on the disabled list with stiffness in his left elbow.

Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Adam Bernero (1-10) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings for Detroit.

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 5

PHOENIX Steve Finley went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds for the 14th straight time.

On an interleague weekend, the Reds and Diamondbacks played the only NL game.

Eddie Oropesa (1-1) pitched one hitless inning for the win. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

The Diamondbacks rallied against Kent Mercker (0-1) and Chris Reitsma.

Astros 3, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas Lance Berkman homered and Jose Vizcaino hit a tiebreaking RBI triple as Houston beat Texas to complete a three-game sweep.

Texas has lost 19 of 21 games, its worst stretch since also going 2-19 in September 1972.

The NL Central-leading Astros were scoreless against Joaquin Benoit (2-3) until Berkman's two-out solo homer, his 13th, tied the game in the sixth. Richard Hidalgo then doubled before Vizcaino's triple chased Benoit.

Berkman got hit by a pitch by Aaron Fultz with the bases loaded in the seventh to make it 3-1.

Jeriome Robertson (5-3) is unbeaten since April 25.

Billy Wagner got four outs for his 21st save in 23 chances.

Yankees 7, Mets 3, 11 innings

NEW YORK Jorge Posada and Charles Gipson received bases-loaded walks in the ninth and 11th innings as the Yankees rallied past the Mets.

Posada's walk from closer Armando Benitez with two outs in the ninth inning forced in the tying run, and Gipson's walk scored the go-ahead run in the 11th, giving the Yankees a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened Subway Series.

Jason Phillips' RBI single off Chris Hammond with two outs in the eighth gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, but Benitez couldn't hold it. He walked four batters in the ninth, forcing home the tying run.

Todd Zeile drew a leadoff walk from Graeme Lloyd (1-2) in the 11th, and Ruben Sierra singled for his 2,000th career hit.

Posada hit a potential double-play ball, but rookie shortstop Jose Reyes booted it for an error, loading the bases. Lloyd walked pinch-hitter Gipson to force in a run his second RBI of the season and another run scored on Alfonso Soriano's RBI groundout, making it 5-3. Enrique Wilson added a two-run double off Dan Wheeler.

Mariano Rivera (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.



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