White Sox 5, Red Sox 3: In Boston, Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Paul Konerko homered off Curt Schilling as Chicago beat Boston. Juan Uribe had a single, a double and a homer for Chicago. Boston lost for just the third time in 24 home games to fall to three games ahead of the idle New York Yankees in the A.L. East.
Indians 2, Tigers 0: In Detroit, Scott Elarton won for the first time in more than a month, allowing four hits in 6 1/3 innings as Cleveland beat Detroit to pull within 1 1/2 games of the A.L. wild-card lead. Jose Hernandez homered to help send Detroit to its fifth straight loss. The Tigers haven’t scored in 19 innings.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2: In Baltimore, Gustavo Chacin took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, and Shea Hillenbrand scored a run and drove in one to help Toronto beat Baltimore. Chacin gave up one run, four hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win in seven starts since July 31.
Rangers 7, Twins 0: In Minneapolis, David Dellucci hit a three-run double to back a strong start by Kameron Loe as Texas beat Minnesota. Loe allowed five hits in eight innings, the longest of his three starts this season.
Astros 4, Phillies 3: In Philadelphia, Andy Pettitte pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer and Houston moved into first place in the N.L. wild-card standings with a win over Philadelphia. Pettitte allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none. The Astros moved a half-game ahead of Philadelphia and one game ahead of Florida with their 10th consecutive win over the Phillies. Washington is 1 1/2 games behind Houston, while the New York Mets trail by three games.
Nationals 5, Marlins 2: In Washington, Livan Hernandez didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, took a shutout into the ninth, and drove in a run with one of his two singles, leading Washington to a win over Florida. It was Washington’s third straight win, all against clubs ahead of it in the tight N.L. wild-card standings.
Braves 4, Mets 2: In Atlanta, Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, leading Atlanta over New York. Andruw Jones also hit his major league-leading 45th homer for the Braves, a blast estimated at 452 feet.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 4: In St. Louis, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, leading St. Louis over Chicago. Jeff Suppan didn’t allow any earned runs in six innings, and five relievers finished as St. Louis stopped the Cubs’ three-game winning streak.
Brewers 6, Reds 1: In Cincinnati, J.J. Hardy singled with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead run and Geoff Jenkins tied his career high with five hits to back the efficient pitching of Tomo Ohka as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.
Giants 3, Dodgers 1: In Los Angeles, Julio Ramirez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by third baseman Mike Edwards in the eighth inning, helping San Francisco beat Los Angeles.
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