Derek Lowe surrendered eight runs in 41/3 innings and the Atlanta Braves rode a nine-run fifth to a 10-4 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox yesterday.

Lowe (6-8) was given a 4-0 lead but could not hold it. He has lost three straight starts, allowing 17 earned runs as his ERA soared to 6.02.

Boston has dropped eight of 11, falling to 28-31 since April, and is 18-23 on the road this year with losses in seven of its last eight games away from Fenway Park.

J.D. Drew hit a tiebreaking, two-run double, Chipper Jones chased Lowe with a two-run homer and Charles Thomas had a two-run triple off Jimmy Anderson as the Braves sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth and went on to win for the eighth time in 11 games.

* METS 6, YANKEES 5: Ty Wigginton's second homer snapped an eighth-inning tie, Richard Hidalgo connected for the fourth straight game and the Mets finished off their first Subway Series sweep over the Yankees.

The surprising Mets took four of six from their cross-town rivals this year after going 0-6 in 2003. It is the first time they have won the season series since interleague play began in 1997.

Bernie Williams homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who came to Shea Stadium off an emotional three-game sweep of the Red Sox.

* RANGERS 18, ASTROS 3: Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock became the first Texas players to hit grand slams in the same game, lifting the Rangers on the road.

Teixeira added a solo shot in the eighth, Kevin Mench also had two homers among his career-high four hits and Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run as Texas closed out its interleague, in-state series against Houston, scoring its most runs in a game this season.

Teixeira hit his slam in the ninth inning off Chad Harville and Blalock was pinch-hitting in the sixth when he connected to give the Rangers their first two grand slam game since the Washington Senators moved to Texas in 1972.

Andy Pettitte (4-2), who was out for a month after going on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, was roughed up in his first start in Houston since May 26 against the Chicago Cubs. He yielded six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

* CARDINALS 2, MARINERS 1: Jeff Suppan (7-5) pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and Jim Edmonds threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth, helping host St. Louis complete a three-game sweep.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals finished 11-1 in interleague play, the best in the majors in the eight years that the AL and NL have been playing, edging a 16-2 record by Oakland in 2002.

* REDS 5, INDIANS 4: Tim Hummel's run-scoring single in the 11th inning sent Cincinnati to a victory that was set up by visiting Cleveland's undependable bullpen.

Indians relievers lost a three-run lead in the eighth, then teetered on the edge of a loss until the Reds finally pushed them over.

D'Angelo Jimenez took a called third strike from Rick White (3-3) with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, a temporary reprieve. Ken Griffey Jr. started the winning rally with a leadoff single in the 11th.

* EXPOS 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Shawn Hill got his first major league win, pitching five strong innings in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hill (1-1) struck out six and allowed one run on six hits in five-plus innings in his second big league start.

* ROCKIES 10, TIGERS 8: Vinny Castilla celebrated his 37th birthday with four RBI and Royce Clayton also drove in four runs to help Colorado tie a club record by overcoming an eight-run deficit to beat visiting Detroit.

Castilla went 1 for 5 with a three-run double and an RBI groundout. Clayton went 2 for 5 with a bases-loaded triple and an RBI single.

* ATHLETICS 9, GIANTS 6: Eric Byrnes hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-high six RBI and Mark Mulder (11-2) won his career-best ninth straight decision for visiting Oakland.

San Francisco's Jerome Williams (7-6) yielded four earned runs on seven hits in four innings, striking out six and walking one.

* DIAMONDBACKS 6, TWINS 2: In Phoenix, Randy Johnson threw a five-hitter for his 10th victory and Al Pedrique got his first win as Arizona's manager.

Shea Hillenbrand drove in three runs with a triple and home run, and that was plenty of offense for Johnson, who struck out 10 and walked none, throwing 108 pitches, 78 of them strikes.

Johnson (10-6) won for the first time in four starts.

* PADRES 7, ROYALS 1: In San Diego, David Wells had another impressive start, but he and first baseman Phil Nevin were forced out with injuries.

Wells (4-5) fouled a ball off his lower right leg in the sixth inning. He was tended to by a trainer and finished his at-bat, striking out swinging, but didn't go out for the seventh. Two innings earlier, Nevin left with a possible cartilage tear in his right knee.

* CUBS 2, WHITE SOX 1: Pinch hitter Todd Walker drew a bases-loaded walk from Damaso Marte in the ninth inning to give the host Cubs a three-game sweep.

* MARLINS 4, DEVIL RAYS 3: A.J. Burnett won for the first time in nearly two years, Miguel Cabrera hit his 20th homer and host Florida snapped a four-game losing streak.

* DODGERS 6, ANGELS 2: Jeff Weaver took a shutout into the seventh inning and Paul Lo Duca drove in three runs, leading Los Angeles on the road.

* PIRATES 6, BREWERS 2: In Pittsburgh, Chris Stynes broke out of a season-long slump by driving in three runs with a homer and two-run double and the Pirates ran their longest winning streak since 1996 to nine games.

Devil Rays shortstop Rey Sanchez gets ball to Geoff Blum at second base to force out Marlins' Miguel Cabrera during the third inning in Florida's 4-3 victory. Marlins' A.J. Burnett earned his first win in almost two years.