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Friday, 13 July 2007 20:52
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, July 14
Kansas City at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Royals' Gil Meche starts against fellow All-Star C.C. Sabathia.

STARS
Friday
-Brandon Phillips, Reds, hit a first-inning grand slam and drove in six runs to help Cincinnati beat the New York Mets 8-4.
-Carlos Zambrano, Cubs, limited Houston to three hits in 6 2-3 innings and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in Chicago's 6-0 victory.
-Ryan Garko, Indians, singled home the winning run in the ninth inning to push Cleveland past Kansas City, 5-4.
-Casey Kotchman, Angels, hit a game-ending single in the ninth inning in Los Angeles' 2-1 victory over Texas.
-Erik Bedard, Orioles, pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and struck out seven to help Baltimore beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0.
-Johan Santana, Twins, struck out eight in seven scoreless innings to lead Minnesota over Oakland, 5-3.
-Tim Hudson, Braves, gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings in Atlanta's 9-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

SECOND-HALF STAR
Johan Santana won his fifth straight start, leading Minnesota to a 5-3 victory over Oakland on Friday night. Santana is 41-4 with a major league-leading 427 strikeouts in games played after the All-Star break since 2003. The left-hander didn't allow a runner past first base and retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced to drop his ERA to 2.60.

STAVED OFF
Philadelphia routed St. Louis 13-3 on Friday night to avoid the 10,000th loss in franchise history. Chase Utley had a homer, four hits and three RBIs, and Greg Dobbs also had four hits for the Phillies, who had a season-high 23.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Mark Buehrle allowed six hits and a walk in his third complete game of the season, but gave up two runs and was the loser in the Chicago White Sox's 2-0 loss to Baltimore on Friday night. ... Ryan Braun hit two homers and drove in four runs for Milwaukee in a 10-6 loss to Colorado.

SNAPPED
Albert Pujols hit his first homer since June 14 - his 17th of the season - in St. Louis' 13-3 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night. ... Shannon Stewart had his 15-game hitting streak - the longest active streak in the AL - snapped in Oakland's 5-3 loss to Minnesota. ... Arizona snapped a five-game skid with an 8-3 win over San Diego.

SPEAKING
``It's going to happen. It's inevitable. We could be perfect, but I doubt it.'' - Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies are a loss away from becoming the first professional sports team to lose 10,000 games.

SEASONS
July 14
1916 - St. Louis Browns pitcher Ernie Koob went the distance in a 17-inning 0-0 tie with the Boston Red Sox. Carl Mays went the first 15 innings for the Red Sox and Dutch Leonard finished.
1946 - Cleveland player-manager Lou Boudreau hit four doubles and a home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Boston, but Ted Williams connected for three home runs and drove in eight runs for an 11-10 Red Sox victory.
1956 - Mel Parnell of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 4-0 victory at Fenway Park.
1967 - Eddie Mathews of the Astros hit his 500th home run off San Francisco's Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park. Houston beat the Giants 8-6.
1968 - Hank Aaron got his 500th home run off Mike McCormick as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.
1968 - Don Wilson of the Houston Astros struck out 18 Reds in a 6-1 victory over Cincinnati in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
1970 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds scored on Jim Hickman's 12th-inning single, bowling over Cleveland's Ray Fosse at home plate to give the NL a 5-4 victory over the AL at Riverfront Stadium.
1972 - In a major league first, Bill Haller was the umpire behind the plate while his brother Tom was the catcher for the Detroit Tigers.
1995 - Ramon Martinez threw the first no-hitter of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 7-0. Martinez was perfect for 7 1-3 innings before walking Tommy Gregg.
2006 - The New York Yankees snapped Jose Contreras' winning streak at 17 decisions with a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. Contreras (9-1) hadn't lost since dropping a 4-2 decision to Minnesota last Aug. 15.
2006 - Forty-one-year-old Barry Bonds, the 41-year-old Steve Finley and Moises Alou, who turned 40 on July 3, became the first trio of 40-year-olds in baseball history to start in the same outfield in San Francisco's 5-3 victory over the Phillies. They combined to go 4-for-11 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Today's birthdays: Edward Campusano 25; Tim Hudson 32.
 

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