Yankees win fifth straight game

Posted: Friday, July 08, 2005

NEW YORK — Jason Giambi homered for the third straight game and 20-year-old Melky Cabrera singled in his major league debut as Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Alex Rodriguez homered for the second straight game, tying Boston's Manny Ramirez and Texas' Mark Teixeira for the AL lead with 22, and Derek Jeter also connected for New York.

Tigers 6, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Magglio Ordonez homered for the third time since coming off the disabled list last week, helping Detroit extend Tampa Bay's losing streak to a season-high nine games.

Orioles 3, Red Sox 1

BALTIMORE — Eli Marrero and Melvin Mora homered, and Sammy Sosa added his first RBI since June 19 for the Orioles in a game called after six innings because of rain.

Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2

TORONTO — Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer to help the Blue Jays win for the sixth time in eight games.

Toronto's Gustavo Chacin (7-5) allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Miguel Batista got his 15th save.

Royals 8, Twins 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Angel Berroa went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and scored twice for the Royals.

He had an RBI single in the seventh inning to reach base for the eighth straight plate appearance — seven of them hits.

Mariners 10, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Joel Pineiro threw a six-hitter to win for the first time in 12 starts, and Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Reed hit three-run doubles for Seattle.

Pineiro (3-4) went the distance for the second time this season. All-Star Bartolo Colon (11-5) lost for only the second time in nine decisions, allowing a season-high seven runs and seven hits over six innings.

National League

ATLANTA — Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 27th homer and rookie Jeff Francoeur added a three-run shot in a six-run eighth inning as the Atlanta Braves beat Chicago 9-4 Thursday night to sweep a doubleheader and extend the Cubs' worst losing streak in three years.

The Braves won the opener of the day-night setup 6-0.

Mets 3, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON — New York's Mike Piazza drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Nationals lost a series at home for the first time since April.

Heath Bell (1-3) pitched two innings for his first major league victory, and Braden Looper got his 20th save.

Marlins 11, Brewers 3

MIAMI — Carlos Delgado hit a pinch-hit grand slam to cap Florida's six-run fifth inning.

Delgado's 10th career slam helped the Marlins split the four-game series against Milwaukee. Brian Moehler (4-6) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 5

DENVER — Colorado's Todd Helton broke the franchise record for home runs with a shot to the upper deck at Coors Field, then broke a tie an inning later with a three-run homer.

Helton's 259th homer put him one ahead of former Rocky Larry Walker and cut what had been a 5-0 deficit to 5-3 in the sixth. In the seventh, Helton went deep off Franquelis Osoria to make it 8-5.

Pirates 2, Phillies 1

PITTSBURGH — Rookie left-hander Zach Duke pitched seven shutout innings for his first major league victory and Humberto Cota hit a two-run homer for the Pirates.

With Duke making his second consecutive impressive start since being called up from the minors last week, the Pirates split the four-game series. The Phillies dropped their 15th in 22 games and haven't won any of their last seven series.

Padres 7, Astros 5

HOUSTON — Ramon Hernandez capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run single in his first game back from the disabled list, and San Diego ended a three-game losing streak.

Hernandez, who had been out with a sprained left wrist, played for the first time since June 18.

Woody Williams (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings for his third. Williams, who beat Wandy Rodriguez (4-4), had spent 34 days on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Trevor Hoffman got his 24th save. Morgan Ensberg and Craig Biggio homered for Houston, which had won four in a row.

Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1

PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a home run, enabling Arizona to salvage the finale of a four-game series.

The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game home losing streak after St. Louis manager Tony La Russa's ninth-inning gamble failed. John Mabry, 3-for-4 for the Cardinals, led off the ninth with a single and was on third with two outs when La Russa let starter Jason Marquis stay in and strikeout against reliever Lance Cormier.

Giants 5, Reds 1

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Matheny hit a three-run homer and an RBI double, and Brett Tomko (6-10) won in his return to the Giants' rotation.

Matheny hit his career-high ninth homer in the fifth off Aaron Harang (4-8). The catcher also matched his career high with four RBIs.

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