Athletics 2, Twins 1: At Minneapolis, rookie Joe Blanton allowed two hits over seven innings and Scott Hatteberg singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lift Oakland to a victory over Minnesota. Blanton (6-9) struck out four and walked two to get the first road victory of his career and extend Oakland’s winning streak to five games. The Twins began the day having scored just 63 runs since the All-Star break, the second-fewest in the A.L. They wasted a strong start by Johan Santana (10-6). Santana gave up two runs and five hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
White Sox 6, Orioles 3: At Baltimore, Chicago capped a miserable day for Baltimore by sending the Orioles to their 12th loss in 13. Chicago starter Mark Buehrle (12-4) had his streak of pitching at least six innings ended at 49 games with an ejection for hitting a batter with a pitch, but the White Sox finished off their first four-game sweep in Baltimore since 1954.
Marlins 6, Cardinals 5: At St. Louis, career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris had a three-run go-ahead double in the sixth inning to lead Florida past the Cardinals. Mike Lowell hit only his second road home run of the season and had three RBIs for the Marlins, who have won five of six. Albert Pujols hit his 29th homer for St. Louis.
Pirates 4, Braves 1: At Atlanta, rookie Zach Duke (4-0) pitched into the ninth and Pittsburgh got home runs from Jose Castillo and Chris Duffy to snap a five-game losing streak with a victory over Tim Hudson (7-6) and Atlanta, snapping the Braves’ six-game winning streak.
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