Cubs snap five-game losing streakBy The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO -- Roosevelt Brown drove in four runs, and Jon Lieber won his 18th game as the Chicago Cubs stopped their five-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Ron Coomer and Joe Girardi each had two RBIs for the Cubs, who closed within 1 1/2 of games of San Francisco, the NL wild card leader.
Lieber (18-6) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, and Jeff Fassero and Kyle Farnsworth finished the six-hitter.
Chris Reitsma (7-15) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 0
MILWAUKEE -- Mark McGwire hit a 445-foot, two-run homer and Darryl Kile (14-10) won for the first time since Aug. 12, scattering nine hits over six innings.
St. Louis (79-64) closed within a half-game of San Francisco (80-64), the NL wild card leader, and moved within five games of Houston, which leads the NL Central. Mike Matthews finished for his first career save.
Jamey Wright (9-11) was rocked for eight runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Half of McGwire's 48 hits this season gave been home runs.
White Sox 7, Indians 1
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Dan Wright pitched seven strong innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians Monday night.
Wright (4-2) allowed one run -- a homer by Jim Thome -- and six hits for the White Sox, who likely won't repeat as AL Central champions but defeated Cleveland 10-9 in the season series.
Jeff Liefer homered off Bartolo Colon (12-11) shortly after replacing injured right fielder Magglio Ordonez, who injured his wrist on a check-swing strikeout. Pinch-hitter Tony Graffanino had a two-run single in the eighth.
Jim Thome hit his AL-leading 47th homer for the Indians, whose division lead slipped to six games over second-place Minnesota.
Twins 3, Tigers 2
DETROIT -- Torii Hunter tripled off Luis Pineda (0-1) in the ninth inning and scored the tiebreaking run on Matt LeCroy's sacrifice fly as Minnesota won its third straight win and improved to 11-2 against Detroit this season.
Joe Mays (15-13) got the win by allowing two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in eight innings, and Eddie Guardado finished for his sixth save in eight chances.
Mariners 5, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Freddy Garcia (16-5) allowed three hits in eight shutout innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts as Seattle (104-40) lowered its magic number for clinching the AL West to two.
The Mariners, on their sixth winning streak of five or more games, have a chance to break the major league record of 116 wins in a season, set by the 1916 Chicago Cubs.
Troy Glaus hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth off Arthur Rhodes, who completed the six-hitter.
David Bell keyed Seattle's 13-hit attack by driving in three runs. Ismael Valdes (9-10) gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Athletics 7, Rangers 1
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito (13-8) pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 as Oakland (87-57) moved a half-game ahead of New York (86-57) for the majors' second-best record. The A's are 52-17 since late June (52-17).
Jeremy Giambi hit a two-run homer to lead Oakland's 12-hit attack. Aaron Myette (3-4) gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
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