ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer off Johan Santana in the seventh inning and threw out the potential tying run at home in the eighth Wednesday, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The win was the 13th in 16 games for the Angels, while the Twins lost for the third time in 10 games.
The Twins led 5-3 entering the seventh when Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero singled and Anderson hit his 11th homer. Juan Rivera added a solo homer in the inning.
Joel Peralta (1-0) got the final out in the seventh for his first major league victory.
The Twins drew within one run off Scot Shields in the eighth on three straight hits, but with runners at first and third and one out, Nick Punto lined to left and Anderson gunned down Mike Ryan trying to score.
Santana (7-5) lost his third straight decision, allowing nine hits and six runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays 8, Athletics 0
TORONTO Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings, and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' five-run eighth.
Lilly (7-8) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two. He beat Oakland's Joe Blanton (5-7), who gave up three runs in seven innings and lost for the first time in five starts.
Frank Menechino had three hits and scored two runs for Toronto.
Tigers 7, Indians 3
CLEVELAND Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs and five hits over eight innings for Detroit.
Chris Shelton had three of the Tigers' 15 hits and drove in two runs. Magglio Ordonez had two hits and two RBIs.
Bonderman (11-5) matched his career high for victories and became the first Detroit pitcher to win 11 games before the All-Star break since Bill Gullickson in 1991. Troy Percival got the final out for his seventh save.
C.C. Sabathia (6-5) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
White Sox 7, Devil Rays 2
CHICAGO Frank Thomas hit his second three-run homer in as many games, Jose Contreras won for the first time in a nearly a month and the White Sox handed Tampa Bay its eighth straight loss.
Contreras (4-5), who had not won since June 7, allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings as Chicago completed a three-game sweep. Casey Fossum (3-7) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in six innings.
Thomas, who hit the game-winning three-run shot in the eighth inning Tuesday night, got his 11th homer in 72 at-bats this season.
Red Sox 7, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas Matt Clement worked into the ninth inning for his 10th victory, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs for Boston.
Clement (10-2) retired 10 straight after giving up consecutive homers to David Dellucci and Michael Young in the third. The only other runs he allowed were on Dellucci's second homer, in the seventh.
Clement, who beat Chan Ho Park (8-3), allowed nine hits and struck out nine. Alan Embree got his first save.
Boston's Johnny Damon extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games giving him the longest run in the majors this season.
Royals 5, Mariners 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Tony Graffanino homered and tripled, and Angel Berroa had three hits for the Royals.
Kansas City's Runelvys Hernandez (6-9) gave up nine hits in six-plus innings, and one unearned run. Seattle's Aaron Sele (6-8) went six innings, giving up four runs three earned on 11 hits and a walk.
WASHINGTON Tom Glavine and the New York Mets ended Livan Hernandez's 2 1/2-month winning streak with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night over the Washington Nationals.
The Mets tagged Hernandez for four runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings, ending the All-Star right-hander's run of 11 consecutive winning decisions that equaled the franchise record. Hernandez (12-3) lost for the first time since April 19.
Mike Cameron homered the Mets, and Marlon Anderson and Ramon Castro had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
Phillies 5, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH Vicente Padilla pitched six innings, and the Pirates' helped Philadelphia Phillies score three runs.
Mike Lieberthal doubled and scored on Jason Michaels' pop-fly single that fell among three Pirates in the third inning, then drove in the first run of a four-run seventh with a sacrifice fly.
First baseman Daryle Ward's throwing error and reliever Rick White's wild pitch scored two other runs.
Marlins 5, Brewers 4, 12 innings
MIAMI Juan Encarnacion's single won the game in the 12th inning after A.J. Burnett had 14 of Florida's 22 strikeouts in six innings on the mound.
Encarnacion lined a single to center with one out off Wes Obermueller (1-2). Valerio De Los Santos (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning.
Burnett matched his career-high and the Marlins' team record with the 14 strikeouts.
Paul Lo Duca's sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Encarnacion, who had tripled with one out, to tie it 4-4. Geoff Jenkins' two-run single highlighted Milwaukee's three-run first.
Astros 5, Padres 4
HOUSTON Andy Pettitte won despite an elbow problem, and the surging Astros beat slumping San Diego.
The Astros have won seven of eight and San Diego has lost nine of 14. Houston got to All-Star Jake Peavy for three runs in the first inning on run-scoring singles by Lance Berkman and Adam Everett and an RBI double by Morgan Ensberg.
Dodgers 9, Rockies 5
DENVER Antonio Perez homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and Jason Phillips added a three-run shot for Los Angeles.
Brad Penny (5-5) worked 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and nine hits in his second consecutive strong outing. He threw eight scoreless innings in his previous start at Arizona.
Colorado's Shawn Chacon (1-5), who came off the disabled list before the game, gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings. He is 0-6 in his last seven starts.
Cory Sullivan had three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies.
Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX David Eckstein's suicide squeeze scored pinch-runner So Taguchi in the ninth inning, giving St. Louis' Chris Carpenter his 13th victory tied for most in the majors.
Javier Vazquez (7-8) held the powerhouse St. Louis lineup to a season-low three hits in a complete-game loss.
Carpenter (13-4) allowed a run on three hits in eight innings for his fifth consecutive victory. He struck out seven and walked two. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 200th career save and 23rd in 25 chances this season.
Giants 7, Reds 2
SAN FRANCISCO Pinch-hitter Lance Niekro's two-run triple broke a tie in the fifth inning, and the Giants ended their four-game losing streak.
Kevin Correia (1-0), recalled Friday, won in the major leagues for the first time since 2003. Making his 10th career start, Correia gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
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