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By TIMES WIRES
Published June 25, 2006


ROYALS 6, BREWERS 5: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David DeJesus doubled in a five-run fourth inning that was keyed by back-to-back Milwaukee fielding errors as Kansas City rallied for a 6-5 victory.

Tony Graffanino homered leading off the fourth, and Doug Davis walked Doug Mientkiewicz and John Buck. Angel Berroa then hit a grounder to short, but Bill Hall never got control of the ball and the bases were loaded.

Esteban German followed with a grounder to third baseman Corey Koskie, who fumbled the ball as Mientkiewicz scored. DeJesus' two-run double tied the score at 5.

German scored the go-ahead run from third on Mark Grudzielanek's infield out to cap the scoring. Three of the five runs in the inning were unearned.

NOTABLE: Five-time All-Star Mike Sweeney said he plans to begin a rehab assignment this week at Double-A Wichita. Sweeney has been out since early May with a bulging disc.

TIGERS 7, CARDINALS 6 (10): DETROIT - Placido Polanco's two-out double in the 10th scored Curtis Granderson from first base and lifted Detroit over St. Louis.

In the ninth, Marcus Thames tied the score at 6 with a two-run homer off Jason Isringhausen, who entered the game with a two-run lead.

Granderson led off the ninth with an infield single, and after Isringhausen struck out Polanco, Thames followed with a shot into the leftfield seats.

Magglio Ordonez hit a double and advanced to third on a fly out, but Craig Monroe struck out - sending the game into extra innings.

Tyler Johnson relieved Isringhausen with two outs, then allowed Granderson to reach on a walk. Polanco followed with a double, scoring Granderson.

NOTABLE: St. Louis outfielder Juan Encarnacion had his hitting streak snapped at 14 games, the longest active streak in the NL.

GIANTS 8, ATHLETICS 7: SAN FRANCISCO - Ray Durham went to the plate intending to put down a sacrifice bunt. Instead, he put the ball into the seats.

Just another crazy ninth inning in the Bay Bridge Series - and another come-from-behind win for San Francisco.

Durham hit a game-winning three-run homer onto the arcade atop the rightfield wall, and the Giants overcame a five-run deficit.

Barry Bonds hit his 719th homer and a run-scoring double while reaching base five times, but Durham's unlikely homer capped the Giants' rally against A's closer Huston Street.

Durham rolled his eyes skyward in thought when asked whether he remembered ending a game with a homer. He couldn't come up with one: It was the veteran second baseman's first walkoff in the majors.

"It was huge for me," Durham said. "They walked Barry twice. My job is to protect him, to come through like I did. When I hit it, I thought it was off the wall, and it kind of kept going up."

NOTABLE: Dan Haren was the 425th pitcher to allow a homer to Bonds, extending the slugger's major-league record.

DODGERS 7, PIRATES 0: LOS ANGELES - Aaron Sele pitched six strong innings and Andre Ethier had a career-high four RBIs to lead the Dodgers.

Sele won for the first time in five starts since May 24. The right-hander, who did not make it past the fourth in either of his previous two games, worked with runners on base in every inning except the third. He got three outs on flyballs to the warning track.

Jeff Kent homered for the second straight game, helping send Pittsburgh to its 10th straight loss - the Pirates' longest since a 10-game slide in 1968, when they finished 80-82 under Larry Shepard. The franchise's longest skid in the modern era is 12 games in 1939.

Olmedo Saenz led off the second with a single that gave him seven hits in eight career at-bats against Pirates starter Zach Duke. Matt Kemp followed with a double and Ethier singled home both runners.

NOTABLE: The Pirates have the second-worst record in the majors at 26-50 and have been shut out seven times.

ROCKIES 11, RANGERS 6: DENVER - Choo Freeman hit his second career home run during a six-run first inning and Todd Helton kept up his strong hitting, to lead Colorado.

Helton, whose average had dipped to .267 on June 11, has now hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games. He's batting .310, the highest it's been since May 13.

The Rockies sent nine batters to the plate in the first. Clint Barmes had a one-out single and then Helton and Matt Holliday drew walks. Garrett Atkins' broken-bat single to left scored Barmes and Helton, and Brad Hawpe doubled home Holliday.

The Rangers, down 9-1, scored four runs in the fifth. Mark DeRosa led off with a single and Michael Young followed with another single. It was the 14th straight interleague game with a hit for Young, the all-time interleague batting leader of players with at least 300 plate appearances.

NOTABLE: An MRI on Rockies 2B Kaz Matsui's back revealed a bulging disc. He is on the minor-league disabled list for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

MARINERS 9, PADRES 5: SAN DIEGO - Kenji Johjima and Raul Ibanez each hit a pair of solo home runs and Jamie Moyer threw seven solid innings and had an RBI single for Seattle.

Both of Johjima's homers came off Chan Ho Park on first pitches and highlighted two-run innings in the fourth and fifth. Johjima added a two-run double in the ninth for a career-high four RBIs.

Pinch-hitter Eric Young and Mike Cameron hit back-to-back home runs off Mariners reliever Eddie Guardado in the eighth to pull San Diego to 6-4.

Seattle added three runs in the ninth on Richie Sexson's RBI single and Johjima's double.

In the ninth, the Padres got four straight singles off J.J. Putz. But Putz then struck out Josh Bard, Mike Cameron and Ben Johnson with the bases loaded.

NOTABLE: The teams combined for eight home runs - four by each team - to set a Petco Park record.

RED SOX 5, PHILLIES 3 (10): BOSTON - David Ortiz hits so many walkoff homers that one teammate even predicts them.

The Boston slugger hit the ninth of his career, a two-run blast to the centerfield bleachers that gave the Red Sox a win over Philadelphia in 10 innings.

"I pretty much called that," said closer Jonathan Papelbon, who kept it tied with 21/3 scoreless relief innings. "I told Willie Harris, sitting next to me, that Papi was setting him up."

With a 2-and-2 count and Alex Cora on first with a single, Ortiz hit his 22nd homer of the season. Teammates poured out of Boston's dugout, Papelbon swung a white towel at the plate and Ortiz flipped his helmet off as he ran down the third-base line.

It's a gesture of self-preservation he learned after his teammates pounded his helmet-clad head when he reached home after his first walkoff homer for Boston on Sept. 23, 2003, against Baltimore.

"You want to make sure you got your helmet off. Otherwise, you know you're going to go crazy with a concussion," he said.

After he reached home on Saturday, his teammates "were kind of looking at me like a whole bunch of 10 year olds like, "You're amazing,' " Ortiz said.

The Phillies tied the score 3-3 with a run in the seventh inning. Aaron Rowand led off with a single, breaking a streak of nine batters retired by Red Sox starter Curt Schilling. A single by David Dellucci and a walk to David Bell loaded the bases with no outs. Jimmy Rollins' run-scoring single off Manny Delcarmen tied it.

Rollins led off the game with a single, Chase Utley singled him to third and Bobby Abreu doubled both home.

QUOTABLE: "The confidence that he feels, it just makes you jealous." - Schilling on Papelbon

TWINS 3, CUBS 0: MINNEAPOLIS - Boof Bonser watched the rest of Minnesota's rotation put up some impressive numbers this month, and felt left out after two straight lackluster starts.

He joined the party Saturday night.

Bonser pitched 61/3 scoreless innings to overshadow Mark Prior's second start of the season in Minnesota's victory over Chicago.

"You see these other guys throwing up zeros," Bonser said of strong showings by fellow starters Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano and Brad Radke. "I thought, "Now it's my turn. I need to do the same thing.' "

Bonser mixed his breaking ball and offspeed pitches with his fastball much more effectively this time to outshine Prior. He left to a standing ovation in the seventh, and rookie Jason Kubel had two hits and an RBI for the surging Twins, who won for the 13th time in 15 games.

"Boof threw the ball great," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He did a super job."

Prior looked sharp early in his second game this season after missing the first 21/2 months with shoulder problems, but he faded in his final 12/3 innings and got little help from his offense.

Phil Nevin had three hits for the Cubs, who only managed to get one runner past second base all night while being baffled by Bonser. Chicago was shut out for the eighth time this season, which leads the majors.

"I felt more comfortable out there," Prior said. "I just didn't put guys away in certain situations. Overall, it was better than my first start."

Prior appeared to be finished after giving up back-to-back two-out singles to Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter in the sixth. The Metrodome speakers blared Hit the Road Jack! as manager Dusty Baker strode to the mound, but the right-hander stayed in the game.

Kubel followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-0 lead, and that was it for Prior.

NOTABLE: Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 attempts. It was his 100th career save - 99th as a Twin.

ORIOLES 3, NATIONALS 2: BALTIMORE - Ramon Hernandez singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth, pushing Baltimore past Washington after two rain delays totaling nearly three hours.

The end came almost six hours after the first pitch, and only five minutes after play resumed following a stoppage of 2 hours, 18 minutes.

Play was halted a second time with the Orioles ready to bat in the ninth.

When the tarp was finally removed, Chad Cordero walked Luis Matos. After a sacrifice and an intentional walk to Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada hit a fly ball to left. Hernandez then hit a liner between short and third, and Matos scored without a throw.

Rain interrupted play for 26 minutes in the top of the seventh after Orioles reliever Chris Britton walked Vidro and Royce Clayton with two outs. When play resumed, Kurt Birkins struck out Nick Johnson, back in the lineup after missing a week with a lower back strain.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the seventh and eighth.

NOTABLE: By game's end, only a few hundred people were left from the crowd of 36,920.

INDIANS 4, REDS 0: CLEVELAND - Paul Byrd pitched eight shutout innings while Todd Hollandsworth and Grady Sizemore both homered to lead Cleveland over Cincinnati.

"We had a little more enthusiasm," Byrd said. "I think we can get on a roll. We have the type of team that can win 16 of 17. We can do that. I'm not saying it will happen, but it can."

Byrd improved to 2-3 in nine starts since May 3 with his longest outing since signing with Cleveland as a free agent in December. The right-hander gave up five hits and struck out four without a walk.

"He stepped up big," said manager Eric Wedge. "He's an intense competitor and I can't say enough about the way he's pitching right now.

Hollandsworth put Cleveland ahead with a two-out, two-run homer in the second off Bronson Arroyo.

That was the Indians' only hit until Jhonny Peralta opened the fourth with a soft single to left and went to third on a double to left-center by Travis Hafner. Peralta scored on a groundout by Martinez to make it 3-0.

QUOTABLE: "We need more guys to be honest with themselves and pick it up. I'm sick of talking about it. I want to see them go out and do it." - Wedge after speaking about Byrd's impressive game

BLUE JAYS 7, METS 4: TORONTO - Vernon Wells' latest power surge has brought out the "MVP!" chants from Toronto fans.

Wells homered twice and the Blue Jays ended New York's franchise record nine-game road winning streak.

Wells hit a three-run homer in the second off Orlando Hernandez and a solo shot off Heath Bell in the seventh for his fifth multihomer game this season.

Toronto's centerfielder went 2-for-4, raising his average to .321. He has 20 home runs and 62 RBIs in 71 games - the fifth consecutive season he's hit at least 20.

Fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" after his second homer, which gave Toronto a 7-3 lead.

"I appreciate what the fans are saying, but let's worry about winning this division first," Wells said.

Jose Reyes tripled and went 4-for-5 for the Mets, who fell to 24-13 on the road. He has a 12-game hitting streak and is 28-for-52 (.538).

QUOTABLE: "I don't feel like I'm a home run hitter. You are just thankful for every one you get." - Wells

WHITE SOX 6, ASTROS 5 (10): CHICAGO - Joe Crede provided a painful flashback for Houston and helped rally Chicago to its ninth straight victory.

Crede hit reliever Chad Qualls' first pitch for a game-tying grand slam in the seventh, and Alex Cintron delivered a game-winning bases-loaded single in the 10th.

Eight months ago on the same field, Paul Konerko drove Qualls' first pitch for a grand slam in Game 2 of the World Series, and the White Sox went on to a sweep and their first championship in 88 years.

"Paul actually mentioned something to me in the dugout after I hit it," Crede said. "He said, "You know the last two (first) pitches that this guy has thrown in this stadium have gone for grand slams?' "

After going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, Cintron headed to the video room to look at himself on tape and noticed he was moving around too much at the plate.

"I figured out what I was doing wrong. I told Javier Vazquez, I told (Jim) Thome, I told Ozzie (Guillen) I was going to be thehero, so don't worry," Cintron said.

QUOTABLE: "I told (Rob) Mackowiak when I was on deck, "I'm swinging at the first pitch, no matter where it is.' " - Crede about his grand slam and taking too many first-pitch strikes this season