Rangers 7, Braves 3: At Arlington, Texas, Alfonso Soriano homered twice against Tim Hudson in the pitcher’s shortest outing for Atlanta, and Texas beat the Braves for the first time. Chris Young (6-3) pitched seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and one walk while allowing just two singles. The 6-foot-10 right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.78.
Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 1: At Chicago, Shawn Estes pitched his first nine-inning complete game since 2003, and Luis Gonzalez and Troy Glaus hit consecutive home runs during a six-run second inning to help Arizona defeat Chicago. Chicago’s Frank Thomas homered in the fourth inning, then limped off the field with a cramp in his left leg after singling in the sixth.
Orioles 8, Astros 5: At Baltimore, Jay Gibbons and Larry Bigbie homered in a six-run second inning, and Baltimore ended Houston’s five-game winning streak with a victory.
Red Sox 10, Red 3: At Boston, Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Matt Clement rebounded from his only loss of the season to lead Boston over Cincinnati in the first meeting of the teams since the 1975 World Series. Clement (7-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings, while striking out a season-high nine batters and walking one.
Blue Jays 4, Cardinals 1: At Toronto, Roy Halladay pitched a five-hitter for his major league-leading fifth complete game, and Toronto defeated St. Louis to end a four-game losing skid. Halladay (10-3) struck out five and walked none for his 20th career complete game.
Devil Rays 5, Brewers 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jonny Gomes and Travis Lee homered to back Doug Waechter, helping Tampa Bay beat Milwaukee en route to consecutive wins for the first time in more than two weeks. Waechter (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one.
Angels 11, Nationals 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Paul Byrd pitched six solid innings and Los Angeles easily ended Washington’s 10-game winning streak. Guerrero went 4 for 4 for the 16th four-hit game of his career.
Marlins 9, Cubs 1: At Chicago, Dontrelle Willis pitched seven strong innings to become the first 11-game winner in the majors, leading Florida to a victory over Chicago. Willis gave up one run and seven hits, struck out five and walked none. He added an RBI single in the fifth, when the Marlins broke open the game with seven runs.
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