Cardinals 7, Reds 2 – Ryan Ludwick homers and drives in four, while Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel go for back-to-back jacks. Problem: Pujols leaves the game with a calf strain after running out a ground ball.
Cubs 10, Braves 5 – You can set your watch to the Braves’ division chances being hampered by injury problems. Smoltz is gone, and Glavine’s headed to the DL after last night’s elbow problems. Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto both went deep in the Chicago victory.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4 – The South Siders’ 7-game win streak gets snapped thanks to a three-run inning given up by Jose Contreras, temporarily allowing the Tigers to forget a little about how much they’ve underachieved so far this season (Dontrelle to Single-A? Guess those Mark Fidrych comparisons weren’t far off.)
Angels 6, Rays 1 – Spicoli the Younger (Jered Weaver) throws four-hit ball over eight innings as Vlad the Impaler and Garret Anderson both hit two-run jacks.
Diamondbacks 9, Mets 5 – Sigh…how many times will I get to type “The Mets bullpen blows it again” before I presume that every loss is because of that. Arizona hit four home runs in this game, the final go-ahead one being a shot by Mark Snyder off reliever Joe Smith.
Nationals 7, Pirates 6 – Lastings Milledge tees off for a walk-off shot to top off Ronnie Belliard’s two homers earlier in the game. The game became more notable for Elijah Dukes’ verbal face-off with manager Manny Acta afterward.
Indians 1, Twins 0 – C.C. Sabathia throws a five-hit shutout with only a Ryan Garko RBI double for run support.
Orioles 10, Red Sox 6 – Turned into a battle of bullpens, and Boston’s lost. Hideki Okajima gave up one of Aubrey Huff’s 4 hits; namely, the one that put Baltimore ahead for good, while the O’s bullpen pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
Photo: AP/Al Behrman
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