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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Sept. 11
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy (16-6, 2.43 ERA) faces Esteban Loaiza (2-0, 2.49 ERA) in a matchup of playoff contenders.

STARS
Monday
-Ryan Howard, Phillies, homered and hit a game-ending RBI double in the 10th inning of a 6-5 win over Colorado.
-Aramis Ramirez, Cubs, homered twice and had four hits in a 12-3 victory over St. Louis.
-Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, hit a two-run single to cap a four-run ninth inning rally and lead Detroit to a 5-4 win over Toronto.
-Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays, struck out 10 and allowed just two runners to reach second base in seven innings of a 1-0 win at Boston.
-Jeff Salazar, Diamondbacks, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning for a 5-3 victory at San Francisco.

BOSTON BLANKED
Josh Wilson's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning drove in the only run for Tampa Bay in a 1-0 win over Boston on Monday. It was Boston's first 1-0 loss at home since Sept. 2, 2001, when the New York Yankees' Mike Mussina lost a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning. The Devil Rays have won 13 of their last 17.

STRUGGLING CUBS
Aramis Ramirez homered twice and had four hits to help Ted Lilly earn his 15th victory, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 12-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday. It was just the third win in eight games for Chicago, which fell out of first place Sunday for the first time since Aug. 16. The Cubs ended the day in a first place tie with Milwaukee, which was shut down by Pittsburgh 9-0. The Cardinals have lost four straight and sit three games back of the Cubs and Brewers.

TIGERS RALLY
Detroit scored four runs in the ninth inning to rally past Toronto 5-4 on Monday. Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay was one out away from his eighth complete game when he gave up a pair of singles and was relieved by Casey Janssen, who gave up a two-run single to Curtis Granderson to make it 4-3. Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run single to cap the rally. Halladay has lasted at least eight innings in his last six starts, only one of them a win.

FREEFALL
Kurt Suzuki and Dan Johnson both hit grand slams to power Oakland past Seattle 9-3 on Monday and hand the Mariners their 14th loss in their last 16 games. Seattle is 5 1/2 games behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees and 8 1/2 behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. On Aug. 26, they were leading the wild-card race by two games and were just one game behind the Angels.

BRUISING RECORD
David DeJesus was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Kansas City's 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Monday, bringing his season total to 19, which is a Royals record. Mike Macfarlane in 1994 and Angel Berroa in 2003 were hit by 18 pitches. The Royals have been plunked a major league-leading 82 times.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Bengie Molina hit a pair of solo home runs for San Francisco in a 5-3 loss to Arizona on Monday. Molina has a career-high 79 RBIs - 76 of them as a catcher, second-most in San Francisco history. Dick Dietz had 104 in 1970.

STREAKING
Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his first triple of the season in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over Atlanta on Monday. The Mets (82-61) have won four straight and nine of their last 10 to improve to a season-best 21 games above .500.

SPEAKING
``Where's that been? That was a thing of beauty. We hit the ball for power. We hit the ball in the gaps. We hit the ball with men in scoring position. A game like this can really get you going.'' - Cubs manager Lou Piniella, after his team pounded St. Louis 12-3 on Monday. Ted Lilly matched a career-high by earning his 15th win and improved to 9-1 when starting following a Cubs loss.

SEASONS
Sept. 11
1912 - Eddie Collins set a major league record with six stolen bases for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Collins stole six more in a game on Sept. 22.
1918 - The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Carl Mays to win the World Series in six games.
1956 - Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds tied a rookie record for home runs in a season with his 38th homer of the year. The blow came off Steve Ridzik of the New York Giants and the Reds went on to an 11-5 victory.
1959 - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4, stopping reliever Roy Face's 22-game winning streak. It was his only loss of the season as he finished with an 18-1 record.
1974 - It took the St. Louis Cardinals 25 innings - seven hours, four minutes - to beat the New York Mets. A record 202 batters went to the plate, Felix Millan and John Milner had 12 appearances apiece.
1985 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became the career hits leader with his 4,192nd hit to break Ty Cobb's record. Rose lined a 2-1 pitch off San Diego pitcher Eric Show to left-center field for a single in the first inning. It was the 57th anniversary of Ty Cobb's last game in the majors.
1987 - New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson, with 34 homers, became the first National League infielder to reach 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. His 30th stolen base came in the fourth inning of a 6-4, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1996 - San Diego's Ken Caminiti broke his own major league record by homering from both sides of the plate in a game for the fourth time this season. In a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh, Caminiti homered left-handed in the fifth inning, hitting a two-run shot. Batting right-handed in the seventh, he hit a solo shot to break his record set last year.
2004 - Barry Bonds broke his major league record for walks in a season during San Francisco's 5-3 win over Arizona. Bonds walked three times, once intentionally, to run his season total to 201, surpassing the record of 198 he set two seasons ago.
2006 - Cody Ross tied two franchise records with three home runs and seven RBIs as Florida routed the New York Mets 16-5.
Today's birthday: Frank Francisco 28.
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