Ken Griffey Jr. moved within one swing of history with his 499th career home run, but the Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached a season-high six games with a 10-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday.
Matt Lawton hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Indians completed a three-game sweep with their third come-from-behind victory over Ohio's NL squad.
The Indians trailed 7-1 in the fourth, but stormed back with five runs in the sixth and three in the seventh. Cleveland outscored Cincinnati 18-3 from the sixth inning on in the series.
Griffey hit No. 499 in the third inning, and with his next homer, he'll become the 20th player to reach the 500 plateau. He came within a few feet of No. 500 in the fourth inning with a shot to deep right that was caught just short of the wall.
* YANKEES 6, PADRES 5: New York robbed David Wells with another stunning comeback.
First, Hideki Matsui and pinch hitter Kenny Lofton hit homers with two outs in the ninth inning against Trevor Hoffman to tie the game. Then, after San Diego took a three-run lead in the 12th, the Yankees rallied again, behind Jorge Posada's tying double and pinch hitter Ruben Sierra's game-winning sacrifice fly.
"I know weird things happen in Yankee Stadium, but this was amazing," Alex Rodriguez said.
In Wells's return to Yankee Stadium, the 41-year-old left-hander allowed five hits in seven shutout innings in his first start against his former team since signing with the Padres during the offseason.
* WHITE SOX 10, BRAVES 3: Mark Buehrle pitched eight solid innings, Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 27 games and Chicago beat visiting Atlanta.
Lee lined a double to the left field wall in the first inning, increasing the longest hitting streak in the majors this season. He matched the franchise record set by Luke Appling in 1936 and matched by Albert Belle in 1997.
Buehrle (7-1) won his sixth straight decision. He gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking none.
* CARDINALS 13, RANGERS 2: Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer and an RBI double in the first two innings, and St. Louis completed another successful road trip with a win in Texas.
The Cardinals led 10-0 after batting around in each of the first two innings and avoided their first losing trip of the season. Woody Williams (4-6) didn't allow a hit until Mark Teixeira's leadoff single in the fifth, when the Cardinals already led 13-0.
St. Louis has the majors' best road record at 23-12, going 4-3 on the latest trip.
* ATHLETICS 13, PIRATES 3: Adam Melhuse hit his first career grand slam and Mark Kotsay was 4 for 4 to help Oakland complete a three-game sweep of visiting Pittsburgh.
Melhuse had five RBI, and Scott Hatteberg homered and drove in three runs, extending his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.
Oakland has won eight straight and 11 of its last 12. The A's have the best record (81-47) in interleague play, including 18-0 against the NL Central.
* CUBS 6, ANGELS 5: Derrek Lee had a career-high five hits and Todd Walker hit an RBI single in the 15th inning, lifting Chicago to a 5-hour 8-minute win in Anaheim, Calif.
Anaheim rookie Matt Hensley (0-1), starting his fourth inning of work, gave up a leadoff single in the 15th to Lee, followed by Corey Patterson's second consecutive bunt hit. Ramon Martinez bunted into a force at third and Jose Macias struck out, but Walker singled through the left side on a 2-0 pitch.
* MARINERS 8, EXPOS 1: Joel Pineiro ended his seven-game losing streak and host Seattle completed its first series sweep of the season by beating Montreal.
Pineiro (2-8) won for the first time in 10 starts since April 18. He pitched eight innings, yielding one run and six hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander allowed only a solo homer to Terrmel Sledge in the fifth. That ended a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings by Mariners pitchers.
* DIAMONDBACKS 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Randy Johnson struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start, leading Arizona in Toronto.
Johnson (9-4) started his run with a perfect game against Atlanta on May 18. The 40-year-old left-hander is tied with 41-year-old Roger Clemens and 39-year-old Kenny Rogers for the most wins in the majors.
It was the 196th time Johnson has struck out 10 or more in a game. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in six-plus innings.
* PHILLIES 2, TWINS 1: Cristian Guzman's errant throw on a potential double-play grounder in the eighth inning allowed Placido Polanco to score the go-ahead run in Philadelphia's win in Minnesota.
With the bases loaded and one out, the Phillies' Chase Utley hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Luis Rivas, who flipped to Guzman for a force play. But the shortstop's relay throw pulled first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz off the bag as Utley hustled down the line.
* MARLINS 9, TIGERS 2: Dontrelle Willis pitched a seven-hitter and Juan Pierre went 4 for 5 with an inside-the-park homer to help Florida win in Detroit.
Pierre, the Marlins' leadoff man, and No. 2 hitter Luis Castillo were a combined 7 for 10 with two walks, six runs, three RBI and a stolen base.
Willis (6-3) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in his fourth career complete game.
* DEVIL RAYS 3, ROCKIES 2: Julio Lugo singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and Tampa Bay handed visiting Colorado a season-worst eighth consecutive loss.
Carl Crawford hit a one-out single off Shawn Chacon (0-4) and stole second uncontested. Lugo drove in Crawford with his single to center, giving the Devil Rays their fifth straight victory.
* METS 5, ROYALS 2: In Kansas City, Mo., Tom Glavine took over the major league ERA lead and Mike Piazza backed him with a two-run homer that helped New York stop a five-game losing streak.
Glavine (7-3) lowered his ERA to 2.03, moving ahead of Houston's Roger Clemens (2.08). Glavine allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 72/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.
* RED SOX 4, DODGERS 1: Pedro Martinez pitched seven strong innings to beat the team he started his career with, and Pokey Reese hit a two-run double and made a leaping catch at second base that saved a run in Boston's win at Fenway Park.
Martinez (7-3) withstood several Dodgers threats after allowing a run in the first. He allowed one run, seven hits and two walks and struck out five.
* ASTROS 5, BREWERS 4: Jose Vizcaino and Jeff Kent each hit solo homers as Houston won in Milwaukee. Losing pitcher Ben Sheets (5-4) lasted six innings and gave up four earned runs -- the most he's given up this season. He had won eight straight against the Astros.