BALTIMORE -- An unlikely trio of Texas Rangers nearly combined to pitch an unusual no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Jerry Hairston hit a leadoff triple in the ninth inning, ruining the Rangers' bid, but Texas handed the Orioles their 10th straight loss, 7-1.
Rangers starter Aaron Myette was ejected after throwing two pitches, and Todd Van Poppel pitched two innings. Rookie Joaquin Benoit then extended the no-hitter through eight innings before allowing the Orioles' lone hit.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens struck out 10 in his 292nd career victory as New York strengthened its grip on the AL East by beating Boston.
Clemens (12-5) established himself from the start against his former team, striking out the first four batters of the game and making three first-inning runs stand up.
Tigers 4, Indians 0
DETROIT -- Rookie Andy Van Hekken pitched a complete game shutout in his major league debut, allowing eight hits to lead Detroit past Cleveland.
Detroit won for the first time in six games and snapped a nine-game home losing streak.
Angels 10, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jarrod Washburn became Anaheim's first 16-game winner in nine years and Orlando Palmeiro drove in a career-high four runs as the Angels beat Tampa Bay.
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO -- Jose Valentin's second homer of the game broke a tie in the seventh inning as Chicago won a season-high seventh straight.
Valentin also broke a 2-all tie in the fifth off Esteban Loaiza (7-8) and gave Chicago the lead for good in the seventh off Loaiza with his 21st homer. Both were solo shots.
NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets ended their NL-record home losing streak at 15 by beating the Florida Marlins 11-5 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night.
The Mets won for the first time at Shea Stadium since beating the Houston Astros 10-0 on July 31. Their 3-2 loss in 12 innings in the first game set the record for ineptitude at home, surpassing Boston's 14 in a row in 1911.
Pirates 3, Braves 0
ATLANTA -- Salomon Torres made a triumphant return to the majors with Pittsburgh, coming within two outs of a shutout in his first big league appearance since 1997 as the Pirates beat Atlanta.
Expos 7, Phillies 6, 10 innings
MONTREAL -- Brad Wilkerson singled home the winning run in the 10th inning off Terry Adams (5-9), and Montreal turned a triple play in a victory over Philadelphia.
With 3,879 on hand at Olympic Stadium, the Expos turned the 11th triple play in their 34-year history in the eighth inning to escape a first-and-third jam and keep it tied at 6.
Cardinals 3, Reds 1
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer and Woody Williams won for the first time in more than two months as St. Louis beat Cincinnati.
Edmonds had three RBIs, and Williams (7-4) allowed one run on four hits for his first victory since beating San Diego on July 1.
Cubs 10, Brewers 1
CHICAGO -- Alex Gonzalez and Todd Hundley each hit a three-run homer, and Matt Clement pitched a six-hitter as Chicago beat Milwaukee.
Clement (12-9) threw his third complete game of the season. He struck out seven and walked three.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX -- Adrian Beltre homered for the second night in a row and Kazuhisa Ishii shut out Arizona into the sixth inning as Los Angeles won.
On the heels of their 19-1 rout of Arizona on Monday, the Dodgers won their fourth straight to pull within four games of the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Astros 6, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO -- Roy Oswalt dodged a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and won his eighth straight start as Houston beat San Diego.
Oswalt (18-6) was coming off a five-game suspension for throwing a pitch at Chicago's Alex Gonzalez on Aug. 12.
He won for the second straight start against the Padres, whom he beat 2-1 in Houston last Wednesday.
Giants 4, Rockies 2
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reggie Sanders homered, Rich Aurilia drove in two runs and Russ Ortiz (10-10) helped himself at the plate in another strong start as San Francisco beat Colorado.
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