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Monday’s games

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American League

Rangers 4, Orioles 2: Alfonso Soriano homered, had three hits and drove in two runs, leading Texas to a win in Baltimore. Joaquin Benoit (2-1) blanked Baltimore on four hits over five innings in his second start of the season. Francisco Cordero, the fifth Texas pitcher, worked the ninth for his 23rd save, getting Miguel Tejada to hit into a game-ending double play.

Devil Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10): Tampa Bay matched its longest winning streak of the season with its fourth straight victory, beating Curt Schilling and visiting Boston on Aubrey Huff’s two-out RBI double in the 10th inning. Jorge Cantu scored from first base when the game-winning hit off Schilling (2-4) soared over right fielder Trot Nixon’s head and bounced off the wall to end Boston’s first extra-inning game of the season.

White Sox 14, Royals 6: In Kansas City, Jermaine Dye had three hits and drove in four runs, and Juan Uribe homered among his three hits and had three RBIs to lead Chicago to a rout of Kansas City. Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand, Willie Harris and A.J. Pierzynski each added three hits for the White Sox, who matched a season high with 22 hits, the most allowed by the Royals this year.

Athletics 13, Indians 4: Eric Chavez homered twice and drove in four runs, Barry Zito pitched six strong innings to win his sixth start in a row and Oakland routed visiting Cleveland. Mark Ellis hit a two-run double, Scott Hatteberg had a two-run single and scored twice, Dan Johnson and Jason Kendall drove in two runs apiece, and Bobby Kielty added an RBI double as the streaking A’s took over sole possession of the wild-card lead, a half-game ahead of idle Minnesota.

National League

Dodgers 4, Reds 0: Derek Lowe allowed only one hit in eight innings and Jason Repko hit a three-run double, leading Los Angeles past visiting Cincinnati. Lowe (7-10) struck out five and got 16 groundball outs. He threw 97 pitches before leaving due to a blister on his right thumb.

Astros 7, Phillies 1: Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman set an Astros record by hitting consecutive home runs twice in one game, and Andy Pettitte won his fifth straight decision to lead Houston past visiting Philadelphia.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 2: J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning that backed Ben Sheets as Milwaukee beat visiting Arizona. Hardy was in an 0-for-11 slide before homering off Tim Worrell.

Cubs 3, Giants 2: Jeromy Burnitz hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally Chicago past visiting San Francisco.

Rockies 5, Mets 3: Jose Acevedo allowed three runs over six innings in a spot start to help Colorado beat visiting New York. Acevedo (2-0) made his first start of the year, allowing five hits and striking out one with no walks.

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