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Yankees 16, White Sox 3

NEW YORK - The New York Yankees tied a franchise record with eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, but Alex Rodriguez didn't hit one.

He stayed stuck at 499 with an 0-for-5 performance. A-Rod is hitless in 17 at-bats since he connected against Kansas City last Wednesday.

Hideki Matsui homered twice, and Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano and Shelly Duncan hit one apiece for New York.

The Yankees hit eight in a doubleheader opener at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren hit two each, and Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had one.

Matsui homered in the first and sixth innings, giving him 13 homers in July and 21 this season. Abreu hit a three-run drive and Matsui connected in the first against Jose Contreras (5-14), who has lost his last seven starts and nine of his last 10.

Mike Mussina (6-7) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 3

At Boston, Erik Bedard allowed two hits over six innings to win his seventh straight decision, and Baltimore won despite two homers by David Ortiz.

Bedard (11-4) struck out six and walked five to give Baltimore its sixth victory in seven games.

Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the third that accounted for the only runs off Bedard, and a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-3.

Jamie Walker got the last two outs for his fourth save.

Brian Roberts homered on the first pitch from Josh Beckett (13-5) and added an RBI double in the Orioles' three-run third. Beckett allowed five runs and nine hits, striking out six to lose consecutive starts for the first time this year.

Rangers 3, Cleveland 1

At Cleveland. Brandon McCarthy won for the first time in more than two months, beating Cleveland and 13-game winner Fausto Carmona.

McCarthy (5-7), who had been winless since May 27 with three losses and four no-decisions, took a shutout into the seventh before Ryan Garko homered.

Carmona (13-5) was unbeaten in five July starts and was bidding to become the majors' second pitcher with 14 wins. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings.

Nelson Cruz homered for the last-place Rangers, who were baseball's most active wheelers and dealers before the 4 p.m. EST trading deadline. It was the first homer off Carmona in 38 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 2, Devil Rays 0

At St. Petersburg, Fla., former Tampa Bay bat boy Jesse Litsch threw 6 2-3 shutout innings against his old team.

Litsch (4-4), who worked for the Devil Rays from 2000-02, gave up seven hits in his first pro start at Tropicana Field. He struck out two and walked one.

Toronto won for the seventh time in 10 games. Tampa Bay has lost 26 of 33 since June 25.

Matt Stairs put Toronto up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second. Vernon Wells made it 2-0 with a run-scoring double in the eighth.

Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Edwin Jackson (2-11) gave up one unearned run and five hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who were looking for their first three-game winning streak since June 9-12.

Twins 5, Royals 3

At Minneapolis, Torii Hunter homered and Carlos Silva cruised through eight innings as Minnesota won its fourth straight.

Hunter's homer, his 22nd, led off the second against Jorge De La Rosa (8-11). Three hits and two errors later, the Twins had a 4-0 lead.

Silva (9-11) allowed seven hits, including solo home runs to Jason LaRue in the third and Jason Smith in the eighth. Joe Nathan notched his 24th save despite allowing a leadoff homer to Mark Grudzielanek in the ninth.

Grudzielanek had three hits, but made an error and was caught stealing twice.

De La Rosa gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings.

Athletics 7, Tigers 3

At Oakland, Kurt Suzuki and Jack Cust hit two-run singles in the sixth inning to help Oakland snap a four-game losing streak.

Dan Haren (13-3) was the beneficiary of the four-run rally and outpitched fellow All-Star Justin Verlander (11-4) to win his third straight start. Haren allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in six innings.

The A's then broke through in the sixth with help from an error by shortstop Carlos Guillen that allowed Mark Kotsay to reach base to open the inning. Marco Scutaro singled and both runners scored on Suzuki's two-run single that tied the game at 3. Macay McBride relieved and gave up a single a walk to load the bases. Cust followed with his two-run single.

Suzuki added an RBI single and Travis Buck hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to make it 7-3.

National

Giants 3, Dodgers 1

Barry Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in San Francisco 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Since moving within one of Hank Aaron's record on Friday night, Bonds is 1-for-9 with seven walks. He left for a pinch runner in the seventh inning.

He struck out on three pitches from All-Star Brad Penny (13-2) ending the first, walked intentionally in the third and walked in the sixth. He reached in the seventh after shortstop Rafael Furcal dropped a high popup in shallow left-center.

Pedro Feliz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth for the Giants.

Noah Lowry (12-7) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings and won for the sixth time in seven starts. Brad Hennessey finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Penny gave up three runs and six hits in six innings and lost for the first time in 13 starts since a defeat against the Angels on May 18.

Brewers 4, Mets 2

At Milwaukee, well after Mets relievers wasted a one-run lead in the eighth to cost Tom Glavine his 300th win, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer off Aaron Sele in the 13th for Milwaukee.

Glavine had allowed only two hits when Mets manager Willie Randolph took him out in the seventh inning with a runner on first and New York leading 2-1 with no outs. Aaron Heilman relieved Glavine and allowed a single to J.J. Hardy. After an out, Pedro Feliciano relieved and hit Prince Fielder with a pitch. Guillermo Mota came in and Bill Hall hit a ground-rule double to left that scored Hardy with the tying run.

Dave Bush (9-8), who was supposed to start for the Brewers on Wednesday night, pitched the 13th for the victory. Sele (3-1) was the loser.

Glavine was looking to become the 23rd pitcher to reach the 300-win mark. His next start is Sunday in Chicago.

Atlanta 12, Astros 4

At Atlanta, Kelly Johnson had four hits, including two homers, and Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann hit home runs as Atlanta welcomed Mark Teixeira to town.

Johnson drove in five runs and McCann knocked in four, two with a double in the eighth.

Teixeira, obtained from Texas in a seven-player trade that was finalized earlier in the day, was activated for the game but did not arrive until the seventh inning.

Johnson hit a two-run home run and McCann hit a homer as the Braves took a 5-1 lead with nine hits in four innings off Houston starter Chris Sampson (7-8).

Craig Biggio's two-run double to right-center in the fifth cut Atlanta's lead to 5-4.

Chuck James (9-8) earned the win despite giving up more than two runs for the first time in six starts. He allowed six hits and four runs in five innings.

Rockies 6, Marlins 3

At Miami, Aaron Cook allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his third straight start for Colorado.

Garrett Atkins doubled home three runs for the Rockies, who won their third consecutive game. They're 54-51, matching the franchise's second-best record after 105 games.

Miguel Olivo hit his 10th homer for the Marlins, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Florida's Scott Olsen (8-9) allowed seven hits and six runs in five innings. In two starts since his arrest after he allegedly fought with police, he has lost twice and allowed 13 runs in 10 innings.

Cook (8-6) allowed three runs, two earned. Manuel Corpas pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many chances since closer Brian Fuentes went on the disabled list.

Few witnessed the Rockies' five-hitter. The announced crowd was 11,534, but actual attendance was likely less than 3,000.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

At Pittsburgh, two misplays by Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino in the same at-bat helped St. Louis score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

The Cardinals matched their season high by winning their fourth in a row as Adam Wainwright (10-8) limited the Pirates to two runs over six innings.

David Eckstein and Skip Schumaker hit consecutive sacrifice flies in a two-run seventh and the Cardinals won their 38th in 53 games in PNC Park - easily the best record of any team since the ballpark opened in 2001.

The Pirates wasted another effective start by Paul Maholm (7-13) and two RBIs by Jack Wilson to lose their 14th in 16 games since the All-Star break. Maholm held St. Louis to two earned runs over six innings.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth inning for his 21st save.

Nationals 6, Reds 3

At Washington, Ryan Zimmerman's three-run double was the biggest hit in Washington's big fifth inning.

Rookie Matt Chico (5-6) earned the victory by going five innings. He gave up two runs, nine hits and three walks. Chad Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 22nd save.

Adam Dunn snapped an 0-for-13 drought by doubling off the wall in right-center to start the fifth. That was followed by three more hits, including Jeff Conine's RBI double and Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single, and the Reds led 2-0.

Washington sent 10 men to the plate in its half of the inning and scored five runs, all charged to starter Bobby Livingston (2-2). He left after facing five batters in that inning, retiring none.

After Brandon Phillips' RBI single pulled the Reds within 5-3 in the sixth, Church added an RBI double in the seventh.

Cubs 7, Phillies 3

At Chicago, Jacque Jones had an RBI double in the sixth inning to lead Chicago, which went 17-9 in July.

Pat Burrell homered for the Phillies, who lost for the second time in 11 games, while Chris Roberson was 4-for-4 with an RBI single.

Cubs starter Jason Marquis (8-6) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Leading 3-2 in the sixth, Adam Eaton (9-7) gave up singles to Cliff Floyd and Mark DeRosa. Jones followed with a double down the line in left. Floyd easily scored from second, and DeRosa was held up at third but went home after Burrell bobbled the ball in left to give the Cubs the lead.

Eaton pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed five runs and eight hits.

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 0

At San Diego, Chris Young and Stephen Drew hit two-run homers for Arizona.

Brandon Webb (10-8) allowed three hits in seven innings while striking out seven and walking two. He and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.

The Padres lost for the 11th time in 18 games since the All-Star break.

Both Diamondbacks homers were off Justin Germano (6-6), who lost his third straight start and for the sixth time in seven decisions. He allowed four runs and four hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked one.

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