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By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -Kenny Rogers, making his first start of the season after a blood clot was removed from his pitching shoulder, allowed two hits over six innings Friday night to lead Detroit past Atlanta 5-0.
The Braves were shut out for the third straight game, their scoreless streak stretching to 28 innings. It was the first time since 1988 that Atlanta has been the victim of three straight shutouts.
The 42-year-old Rogers played a vital role in Detroit's run to the World Series last year, but he needed surgery late in spring training when the clot was discovered in his left shoulder.
After two rehab outings in the minor leagues, Rogers breezed through a Braves lineup that's having trouble scoring.
Rogers (1-0) gave up singles in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Tigers broke up a scoreless duel in the sixth with five runs, all on two-out hits, against John Smoltz (8-4). Magglio Ordonez had an RBI single, Carlos Guillen a two-run double and Ivan Rodriguez another double that made it 4-0.
Cubs 5, White Sox 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Zambrano matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts as the Cubs handed their crosstown rival its 20th loss in 25 games.
Alfonso Soriano homered off Mark Buehrle leading off the game and Aramis Ramirez, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, added a solo shot two outs later.
Zambrano (8-6) struck out seven of his first nine batters and finished with 12 for the fourth time in his career. He allowed three hits and one walk in eight innings.
Paul Konerko homered in the seventh for the White Sox.
Buehrle (4-4) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.
The White Sox (29-40) dropped 11 games under .500 for the first time since May 29, 2001.
Marlins 5, Twins 4
MIAMI (AP) - Hanley Ramirez hit a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lead Florida to its third straight win.
Dan Uggla hit his 14th home run and had three RBIs for Florida, while Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 14th save in as many chances.
Minnesota's Justin Morneau, who is second in the AL with 20 home runs, left the game in the eighth inning after being shaken up in a collision at home plate. Accompanied by a team trainer, Morneau was taken by ambulance to a hospital for a chest scan and X-rays, a team spokesman said.
Ramirez's homer came off Juan Rincon (2-1) after the Twins had scored twice in the eighth against Armando Benitez (2-3) to tie the game.
The game was the first for Minnesota in Miami. The Marlins, starting a nine-game homestand, improved to 15-19 at home.
Nationals 4, Indians 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - A few days after earning a promotion based on a 43-game minor league hitting streak, Brandon Watson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Washington.
Watson got his first multi-RBI game in the majors with a fourth-inning single and a sixth-inning hit that he stretched into a double.
Cristian Guzman had three hits, including his first home run at RFK Stadium, and seven Nationals pitchers limited the Indians to eight hits with 13 strikeouts. Saul Rivera (2-2) threw a perfect sixth to get the win and Chad Cordero pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Fausto Carmona (8-3) took the loss, allowing three runs and 10 hits over six innings.
Watson had not played well in his previous but brief stints in the majors, hitting .175 in 25 games in 2005 and .179 in 10 games last year. The 43-game hitting streak for Columbus was an International League record.
Mets 9, Athletics 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Glavine picked up his 296th victory by ending a five-start winless streak.
Glavine pitched into the ninth inning and added two hits and two RBIs. Shawn Green hit a solo home run and a two-run double, and Carlos Beltran homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, who won for the fifth time in 19 games in June.
Glavine (6-5), whose previous win was May 19 against the Yankees, doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the second. He added a two-run single to cap the Mets' five-run sixth. Glavine allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five.
Lenny DiNardo (2-4) gave up six runs - two earned - and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Dodgers 6, Devil Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Luis Gonzalez homered and had two RBIs, and Russell Martin hit a two-run single to lead Los Angeles.
Gonzalez, who is from nearby Tampa, hit a solo homer in a two-run second and added an RBI triple in a two-run eighth that put the Dodgers ahead 6-3. It was his first home run at Tropicana Field since he hit the first one ever at the stadium while playing for Detroit on March 31, 1998.
Martin's single gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
Derek Lowe (8-6) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Delmon Young homered and drove in two runs for the Devil Rays. Andy Sonnanstine (1-2) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings.
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