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By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) -Ryan Howard homered and drove in four runs and Kyle Hendrick earned his first major league victory as Philadelphia beat Cleveland 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Howard had an RBI single in a three-run first, homered into the second deck in right in the third off Jason Stanford (1-1) and added a two-run double in the ninth. Of Howard's last 27 hits, 13 have been home runs.
Kendrick, a 23-year-old right-hander making his second major league start, allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
Pat Burrell hit a two-run double in the first for the Phillies, and Chase Utley added a two-run single in the seventh.
Ryan Garko, who entered in a 2-for-41 slump, hit a solo homer in the second and added an RBI single in the fourth for the Indians.
Stanford allowed six runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Tigers 15, Nationals 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sean Casey hit his first home run of the season, one of Detroit's 17 hits.
Marcus Thames also homered for the Tigers, who tied a season-high for runs a night after Todd Jones gave up three in the ninth and nearly blew a four-run lead. The Tigers have won four of their last five games and have scored at least 10 runs six times in 17 games in June.
The runs and hits were the most allowed by the Nationals this season.
Chad Durbin (6-3) gave up one run and five hits in six innings for the win.
Casey's three-run shot off Jason Simontacchi (4-5) in the third was his first since Oct. 27, when Detroit lost Game 5 of the World Series against St. Louis. He finished 2-for-5 with a walk and drove in a season-high four runs.
Simontacchi allowed 10 earned runs and 10 hits in three innings.
Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) - Los Angeles' Brad Penny became the second nine-game winner in the National League and Russell Martin homered in his first major league game in his native Canada.
Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Dodgers, who matched a season-high in runs.
Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, hit a solo home run in the sixth, his eighth.
Penny (9-1) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. He lowered his ERA to 2.12, second-best in the NL. Penny's last loss was May 18 to the Los Angeles Angels.
Toronto's Dustin McGowan (3-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest career start.
Twins 9, Mets 0
NEW YORK (AP) - Johan Santana pitched a four-hitter - with only one strikeout - for his first shutout in nearly two years, and Minnesota took advantage of four early errors by New York.
Santana (7-6) was handed a five-run lead by the second inning. He needed only 92 pitches to toss his fourth career shutout and first since Aug. 12, 2005, at Oakland. Santana walked none and retired 15 of his final 16 batters.
Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs and Jeff Cirillo had three hits for the Twins, who had 13 hits and chased Jorge Sosa (6-3) in the fourth.
The Mets managed four singles and never advanced a runner past second base in losing for the 12th time in 15 games.
Cardinals 5, Royals 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brad Thompson pitched seven strong innings to lead St. Louis.
Thompson started in place of Kip Wells, who was told three hours before the game that he was being sent to the bullpen.
Chris Duncan homered for the third time in five games, and Albert Pujols and Scott Spiezio both had an RBI for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in 14 interleague games.
Thompson (5-2) allowed a run and seven hits, two each by Emil Brown and Alex Gordon.
Scott Elarton (2-3) allowed five runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Red Sox 4, Braves 0
ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Beckett pitched six scoreless innings and had a run-scoring double to become the major's second 10-game winner.
Joining John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels in the 10-win club, Beckett (10-1) surrendered four hits and two walks while allowing only one runner reach third. He didn't return after the game was interrupted by a 48-minute rain delay with three innings to go.
David Ortiz, playing first base, broke up a scoreless game in the fourth with a homer off Tim Hudson (6-5), who lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. Alex Cora led off the fifth with a triple that just eluded a diving attempt by Andruw Jones, then Beckett drove a hanger to the wall in left for his first hit of the season. He scored on a single by Dustin Pedroia, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
Marlins 7, White Sox 5
CHICAGO (AP) - Dan Uggla homered leading off the ninth inning and Florida rebounded after starter Dontrelle Willis was forced to leave after one inning with a tight left forearm.
Uggla's 13th homer was off Matt Thornton (2-3), who gave up two more singles before leaving and Aaron Boone added a sacrifice fly as the White Sox lost for the 18th time in 23 games.
Armando Benitez (1-3) pitched one inning for the win. Kevin Gregg got his 12th save with a perfect ninth.
Willis' outing matched the shortest of his career. He gave up three hits, four runs and walked three. Josh Fields' three-run homer gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.
Florida tied it at 5-5 in the seventh on Josh Willingham's solo homer.
Cubs 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derrek Lee, in the Cubs lineup after appealing his five-game suspension, was 2-for-5 with an RBI double.
Lee's run-scoring hit in the sixth inning off Joaquin Benoit (2-2) made it 5-4.
Lee appealed the five-game suspension he got because of a bench-clearing brawl Saturday at Wrigley Field after he was hit by a pitch thrown by San Diego's Chris Young, who has also appealed a five-game suspension.
Carlos Marmol (2-0) struck out the first four batters he faced - and five of nine hitters in three perfect innings for the win. Ryan Dempster struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save, completing five hitless innings by the Cubs' bullpen.
Ian Kinsler hit two homers and Brad Wilkerson also homered to account for the Rangers' runs.
Sammy Sosa, trying to become the fifth player with 600 career home runs, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Rockies 3, Yankees 1
DENVER (AP) - Josh Fogg won for the first time at Coors Field this season, holding New York to four hits over seven innings.
Fogg (3-5) had gone 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA at home before outdueling Mike Mussina (3-4), who allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
Yorvit Torrealba's solo homer, his third of the season, gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
Alex Rodriguez singled in the second for the Yankees, took third when center fielder Willy Taveras misplayed Jorge Posada's fly ball into a double and scored on Hideki Matsui's groundout.
Colorado tied it in the third when Taveras reached on his major league-leading 21st bunt single, stole second and scored on Garrett Atkins' single. Matt Holliday broke the tie in the fifth with an RBI single.
Padres 12, Orioles 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jake Peavy struck out seven in six innings and Marcus Giles and Khalil Greene both drove in three runs as San Diego handed Baltimore its ninth straight loss.
Miguel Tejada drove in three runs for the Orioles, who lost for the 14th time in 16 games and for the first time under interim manager Dave Trembley, who replaced the fired Sam Perlozzo on Monday.
Peavy (9-1) took a three-hitter into the sixth with a 5-0 lead before he gave up three runs. Peavy moved into a tie with Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and the Dodgers' Brad Penny for the NL lead in victories. He also passed Hamels for the league lead in strikeouts with 107.
Peavy allowed three runs and six hits. Despite allowing three or more earned runs for the third time in four starts, Peavy maintained his NL lead as his ERA moved from 1.82 to 1.98.
Giles hit a three-run homer in the second off Steve Trachsel (5-5). Greene, who hit a one-out solo homer in the fourth, capped the Padres' six-run sixth with a two-run single. He tied his career high with four hits.
Reds 5, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 582nd career home run and 19th of the season to lead Cincinnati to its first regular-season victory in eight games against Oakland.
Griffey's solo shot off Oakland starter Chad Gaudin gave him 1,652 RBIs, tying him with Tony Perez for 18th place on the all-time list. The home run, which drew Griffey within one of Mark McGwire for seventh place on the career list, staked rookie Homer Bailey to a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
Bailey (2-0) gave up two hits in seven innings. David Weathers recorded the final four outs for his 14th save.
Javier Valentin doubled in a run and hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Gonzalez added a two-run single for Cincinnati, which got three great defensive gems from second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Gaudin (6-2) saw the end of his streak of five straight winning decisions, picking up his first loss in 10 starts. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Pirates 5, Mariners 3
SEATTLE (AP) - Pittsburgh's Tom Gorzelanny allowed two runs in seven innings for his first win in more than month.
Adam LaRoche, Freddy Sanchez and Jose Bautista all drove in runs off Miguel Batista, whose own wildness doomed Seattle to its sixth consecutive loss.
Gorzelanny (7-4) gave up eight hits and tied a season high with six strikeouts. He won for the first time since May 14 - a span of four starts. Damaso Marte began the ninth, and Shawn Chacon struck out two for his first save. Chacon was pitching in place of closer Matt Capps, who began serving a four-game suspension for hitting Prince Fielder with a pitch earlier this month.
Richie Sexson's first error in 542 chances this season and Batista's wildness allowed Pittsburgh to take a 2-0 lead in the first. The first baseman ran to his left to get in front of a ground ball by Nate McLouth with one out, but the ball banged off his glove and into right field for a two-base error. LaRoche's single and consecutive walks by Nady and Ryan Doumit made it 2-0.
Batista (7-6) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Astros 9, Angels 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Carlos Lee homered and drove in four runs and Hunter Pence had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer, for Houston.
Jason Jennings (1-1) won for the first time in seven starts with the Astros. He allowed five runs - four earned - and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
The Astros got at least one hit from everyone in the starting lineup and finished with a season-high 17 - the eighth straight game in which they've had 11 or more. No. 9 hitter Orlando Palmeiro tied a career high with four hits, including two doubles. Craig Biggio was 2-for-6 with an RBI single, moving within eight hits of 3,000.
Bartolo Colon (6-3) gave up seven runs and 11 hits over six innings. The 2005 AL Cy Young winner is 1-3 with a 9.79 ERA in his last five outings, raising his season ERA to 6.17 in 11 starts.
The Astros overcame deficits of 3-0 and 5-3 against Colon after climbing out of a 4-1 hole Monday night against Angels ace John Lackey. They tied it 5-all in the fourth on Biggio's RBI single and Lee's major league-leading 11th sacrifice fly.
Houston grabbed a 7-5 edge in the sixth on Pence's 10th homer.

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