Stealing Signals: The 1st Game Winner Is Always Nice.

Angels 7, Yankees 6 (F/10) – Back-up catcher Ryan Budde doubles in the game-winning run for the Halos off of reliever Sean Henn. The Angels coughed up a couple of leads and gave up A-Rod’s 40th homer of the year, but they remain the only team to have a .500 plus record against the Yankees in the Joe Torre era.

Braves 14, Reds 4 – Another game, another two homers for Mark Teixeira. The Braves thrived in the band box that is the Cincy stadium; Brian McCann hit a grand slam and Andruw Jones chipped in a two-run shot as well.

White Sox 4, Royals 3 – Bobby Jenks’ consecutive batters retired streak stops at 41, as Joey Gathright nails a single off him in the top of the 9th. He still did his job, though, holding a lead given to him from an RBI single by Josh Fields.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 4 – Rick Ankiel is still living the dream again, cutting down Ryan Theriot on the base paths and jacking another homer out of the yard. Joel Piniero has done nothing but thrive since coming over from the American League, winning his third consecutive start.

Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 0 – Yovani Gallardo starts making the comeback from bad starts, throwing six shutout innings and hitting a homer to help himself. Prince Fielder and Bill Hall both went deep too — getting the Brewers back into first place.

A’s 6, Blue Jays 4 – Something had to give between Joe Blanton and Shaun Marcum — the former had not lost in August, while the latter had not lost in six starts. Marcum caved, and Jack Hannahan was the beneficiary, hitting a three-run homer in the third.

Mariners 9, Twins 4 – Raul Ibanez takes it out twice, Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima add the other yard shots, and Matt Garza gets chased out of the game early by that round of hitting.

Giants 8, Marlins 7 – San Francisco figures out how to sweep a road series this season, and actually finishes a road trip (gasp) with a winning record.

(Photo: AP/Mark Avery)

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