Braves 5, Giants 4 – Bobby Cox’s 132nd ejection in his major league career not only gave him the allt-time record, but also gave Chipper Jones a chance to stay in the game by not getting tossed for arguing balls and strikes. Jones stuck around and knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Mark Teixeira has hit five homers in his short Atlanta tenure so far.
Orioles 12, Yankees 0 – Not the way to honor Phil Rizzuto, guys. Daniel Cabrera and the bullpen two hit the Yanks while Aubrey Huff engages Operation Grandslam and Kevin Millar reaches base five times (once circling them.)
Astros 7, Dodgers 4 – The Houston bullpen was ready to cough up another game, until pinch hitter Mark Sweeney forgot there was only one out in the ninth and ran around the bases on a pop-up by Juan Pierre. Brad Ausmus then doubled him off to end the game.
A’s 4, White Sox 3 – Jack Cust goes deep twice to get Lenny DiNardo over the hump for another win; DiNardo is 4-0 over his last six starts.
Marlins 14, Diamondbacks 5 – Dontrelle Willis needed some serious help to break out of a slump in which he had not won a start since May 29th. 14 runs ought to do it, don’t you think? Arizona got touched up so badly that infielder Augie Ojeda got to pitch the eighth.
Twins 11, Mariners 3 – Matt Garza goes eight innings while the Minny bats give Horacio Ramirez his first home loss of the season.
Mets 5, Pirates 4 – Moises Alou gets his second shot with a two-run single in the 8th off of the Pirate bullpen, giving Jorge Sosa the win in relief of Orlando Hernandez.
Red Sox 2, Devil Rays 1 – Jon Lester throws seven strong, Eric Gagne gets back to form for the win in relief when Coco Crisp knocks in a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth — this after Mike Lowell went deep earlier.
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