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Friday, 29 June 2007 23:29
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, June 30
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy (9-2) of the Padres squares off against Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny (10-1).

STARS
Friday
-Aramis Ramirez, Cubs, hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Chicago Cubs rally past Milwaukee 6-5.
-Ben Francisco, Indians, led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his first major league home run to give Cleveland a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.
-Mark Loretta, Astros, hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston defeated Colorado 9-8.
-Howie Kendrick, Angels, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-7 win at Baltimore.
-Jose Bautista, Pirates, drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Pittsburgh edged Washington 3-2.
-Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the 10th inning of Arizona's 4-3 win at San Francisco.

CHASING AARON
Barry Bonds hit his 750th career home run in San Francisco's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Arizona on Friday. The homer pulled the San Francisco slugger within five of tying Hank Aaron's record. The home run came an inning after a fan gave everybody a scare when he hopped the fence and ran out to Bonds in left field. The seven-time NL MVP calmly greeted the man and walked him off and into the custody of security personnel.

CYCLE
Aubrey Huff hit for the cycle in Baltimore's 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Huff tripled in the second inning - his 1,000th career hit - doubled in the fourth, hit a three-run homer in the fifth and singled in the seventh. The last Oriole to accomplish the feat was Cal Ripken in 1984. Huff is the first Oriole to hit for the cycle at home.

FUENTES' FUTILITY
Brian Fuentes gave up a walk-off home run for the second night in a row and Colorado lost to Houston 9-8 on Friday. With two outs in the ninth inning, Fuentes (0-4) walked Carlos Lee, who hit a grand slam in the 11th off him on Thursday. Mark Loretta followed with his second home run of the season to win it for the Astros. It was the fourth blown save in eight days for Fuentes.

PERCIVAL RETURNS
Troy Percival pitched a perfect seventh inning in St. Louis' 4-2 victory over Cincinnati on Friday to pick up his first victory since April 22, 2005. Percival, who is 12th on the career list with 324 saves, signed a minor league deal with St. Louis on June 8 after not pitching in nearly two years because of persistent soreness in his right shoulder.

STREAKS
The Chicago Cubs rallied to top Milwaukee 6-5 on Friday and win their seventh straight game. ... Kansas City topped the Chicago White Sox 8-1, giving the Royals their first five-game winning streak in two years. ... Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Detroit's 11-1 loss to Minnesota. ... Lance Berkman homered for the third straight game in Houston's 9-8 win over Colorado. The Rockies have dropped eight straight following the loss.

SNAPPED
Delmon Young had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss at Cleveland on Friday night. ... Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1, ending Chicago's season-best four-game winning streak.

SPEAKING
cycle in a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

SEASONS
June 30
1908 - At 41 years, 3 months, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career, an 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.
1948 - Cleveland's Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers for the first American League no-hitter at night.
1962 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.
1970 - Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin as Atlanta beat the Reds 8-2.
1978 - Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone shot off Atlanta's Jamie Easterly wasn't enough, as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Fulton County Stadium.
1995 - Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters to get 3,000.
1997 - Bobby Witt of Texas hit the first home run by an AL pitcher in a regular-season game in almost 25 years, connecting off Ismael Valdes in the Rangers' 3-2 interleague victory over Los Angeles.
1998 - Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run in June, extending his own major league record for most homers in a month, with an eighth-inning shot for the Cubs against Arizona.
2005 - Chad Cordero earned his 15th save in June in the Washington Nationals' 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tied a major league record set by Lee Smith in 1993 and matched by John Wetteland in 1996.
2005 - Kevin Mench hit a career-high three homers and Mark Teixeira homered twice as the Texas Rangers matched a club record with eight home runs in an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.
2006 - Adam Dunn hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman to lead Cincinnati to a 9-8 victory over Cleveland.
2006 - The New York Yankees beat the Mets 2-0 as five pitchers combined on a one-hitter.
Today's birthdays: Garret Anderson, 35; Mark Grudzielanek, 37.
 

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