Reds 6, Mets 5
n NEW YORK – Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run single off Mets closer Billy Wagner in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds overcome Jose Reyes’ cycle.
Brewers 4, Tigers 3
n MILWAUKEE – Rickie Weeks’ two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning helped Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Wednesday, snapping the Tigers’ six-game winning streak.
Angels 6, Giants 3
n SAN FRANCISCO – Maicer Izturis hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep by San Francisco.
Red Sox 9, Nationals 3
n BOSTON – Jon Lester struck out 10 in six innings in his third major league game, David Ortiz hit a grand slam and the Red Sox won their sixth straight.
Lester, Boston’s top pitching prospect when he joined the team on June 10, allowed three hits and two walks. He finished his night by striking out Matthew LeCroy on a 92 mph fastball. The left-hander pumped his fist before walking toward the dugout to a standing ovation.
Yankees 5, Phillies 0
n PHILADELPHIA – Jaret Wright combined with four relievers on a three-hitter to lead New York over the Phillies.
Wright (4-4) gave up three hits, struck out a season-high six in five innings and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Johnny Damon went 3-for-3 with an RBI for New York, which has won two straight after losing eight of 11.
Devil Rays 3, Diamondbacks 2
n ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rookie James Shields allowed four hits in seven innings and Rocco Baldelli continued his torrid hitting with a run-scoring double to help Tampa Bay beat the slumping Diamondbacks.
Shields (4-0) became the first Devil Rays pitcher to begin his career with four straight victories. He held the Diamondbacks hitless until the fifth inning and finished with five strikeouts and three walks.
White Sox 13, Cardinals 5
n CHICAGO – Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, Joe Crede and Juan Uribe homered and the Chicago White Sox put on another double-digit offensive display.
The White Sox scored 11 runs with 12 hits in the third inning during Tuesday night’s 20-6 victory that featured 24 hits. On Wednesday, they scored four in the first and five in the second to take control early and finished with 16 hits, four by Thome.
Blue Jays 6, Braves 3
n ATLANTA – Lyle Overbay had two RBIs in Toronto’s four-run third inning and the Blue Jays beat Atlanta to give the Braves their longest losing streak in 18 years.
Tim Hudson (6-6), who has dominated Toronto in his career, couldn’t rescue the Braves from their first nine-game losing streak since opening the 1988 season with 10 straight losses.
Orioles 4, Marlins 0
n BALTIMORE – Bedard took a one-hitter into the eighth, and the Orioles snapped the Florida Marlins’ nine-game winning streak.
Astros 5, Twins 3
n HOUSTON – Adam Everett had two doubles and two RBIs and Lance Berkman homered to lead the Astros over Minnesota, snapping the Twins’ eight-game winning streak.
Royals 6, Pirates 4
n KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mark Teahen’s tiebreaking two-run home run off Salomon Torres in the eighth inning lifted the Royals over the Pirates.
Padres 3, Rangers 2
n ARLINGTON, Texas – Pinch-runner Ben Johnson raced home from third with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Padres took advantage of an error by Texas third baseman Hank Blalock to beat the Rangers.
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The score was tied at 2 and San Diego had runners on first and second on singles by former Ranger Adrian Gonzalez and Khalil Greene against ex-Padre Akinori Otsuka (2-3).
With Vinny Castilla batting, Otsuka threw a wild pitch that bounced off catcher Gerald Laird, who retrieved the ball up the third base line and fired it to third trying to get Johnson, who was running for Gonzalez. But Blalock couldn’t come up with the throw and was charged with an error.
Scott Linebrink (4-2) threw a scoreless eighth for San Diego and Trevor Hoffman got three outs for his 18th save in 19 chances.