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Sunday, 17 June 2007 10:53
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 CLEVELAND (AP) -Fausto Carmona pitched seven-plus innings to help the Cleveland Indians avoid a three-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Casey Blake extended the majors' longest hitting streak of the season to 26 games as Cleveland won for only the third time in eight games.
Chipper Jones got his 2,000th hit and Scott Thorman hit his eighth homer for Atlanta.
Thorman ruined Carmona's bid for his second career shutout by hitting a drive to right to lead off the eighth inning. Carmona (8-2) was charged with two runs and five hits. He struck out five.
Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his 100th career save. He is 20-for-22 in save chances this year.
The Braves, losers of 10 of their last 15, failed to get their first road sweep of an AL opponent since taking three games at Boston on June 28-30, 2002.
Two Atlanta errors helped the Indians take a 5-0 lead with a four-run sixth against Kyle Davies (3-6).
Nationals 4, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered for the second straight game for Washington, which overcame Frank Thomas' record 244th homer as a designated hitter.
Thomas tied it at 2 with a solo homer in the third inning, moving him past Edgar Martinez for the most by a DH in major league history. It was his ninth of the season, the 496th of his career and first since May 31 against the Chicago White Sox.
Micah Bowie (4-2) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings, matching his longest start of the season, to win his fourth straight decision. He walked three and struck out a season-high six.
Josh Towers (2-5) allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings for Toronto, which had won three straight. He walked one and struck out four.
Royals 5, Marlins 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brian Bannister won his fourth consecutive start, Esteban German drove in the go-ahead run and Kansas City improved to 8-4 in interleague play.
They Royals have won all four series this season against National League teams - St. Louis, Philadelphia, Colorado and Florida.
Bannister (4-3) worked six-plus innings, allowing four runs and nine hits with a walk. Bannister has given up five earned runs in 28 innings in June. He was 0-3 through May.
Octavio Dotel got three outs for his fifth save in five chances.
Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer, and Josh Willingham had three of the Marlins' nine hits.
Left-hander Scott Olsen (5-6) took the loss, giving up five runs - four earned - and 10 hits with three walks. He struck out five.
Diamondbacks 6, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chad Tracy singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Arizona capitalized on another poor performance by the Baltimore bullpen in a victory that extended the Orioles' losing streak to eight.
Eric Byrnes and Chris Snyder homered for the Diamondbacks, who outscored Baltimore 21-11 during a three-game sweep.
Brandon Webb (7-4) allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in seven innings for Arizona. The 2006 Cy Young winner is 4-1 in his last five starts.
Baltimore has lost 13 of 15 after going 1-8 on the horrid homestand that ended Sunday.
Chad Bradford (0-4) picked up the loss. He recorded just one out in the eighth and was charged with two runs, one earned.
Jose Valverde got three outs for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Rangers 11, Reds 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kevin Millwood got his first victory in two months, and Marlon Byrd hit his first homer in nearly a year and drove in three runs for Texas.
Sammy Sosa pinch-hit and grounded into a forceout, leaving him one homer away from becoming the fifth to reach 600. Byrd took his place in right field and had a breakout game, helping the Rangers take two of three in a matchup of the leagues' worst teams.
The Rangers (26-43) won a road series for only the second time this season. The Reds (27-43) lost another at home - they're 14-23 overall at Great American Ball Park - despite hitting nine homers in the series.
Adam Dunn had two more Sunday off Millwood (3-6), who struck out a season-high 10 batters to get his first victory since April 13.
Bronson Arroyo (2-8) matched his career high by losing his sixth straight decision. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings.
Pirates 8, White Sox 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nate McLouth had a career-high four RBIs and Jose Bautista homered and drove in two runs for the Pirates.
Jack Wilson scored three runs, and Xavier Nady's two-run single in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the winning hit for Pittsburgh, which finished its interleague homestand 4-2.
Juan Uribe had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who had a five-run fourth inning but lost for the 17th time in 21 games.
Shawn Chacon (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings to get the win and Matt Capps earned his fifth save despite allowing two unearned runs in the ninth.
Nick Masset (2-3) got the loss.
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