Houston trifecta trips Tigers
Milwaukee Tyler Houston made the All-Star break bearable for both the Milwaukee Brewers and himself.
Houston hit three home runs and Jason Bere allowed two runs in 62/3 innings as the Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 10-3 Sunday.
Houston tied his career-high with six RBIs, hitting a two-run homer in each of his first three at-bats. His third homer, a 440-foot shot to dead-center in the sixth inning, earned him a curtain call.
It was an unexpected outburst from Houston, who struggled through the Brewers' first two games against the Tigers and was hitting just .238 this year. His blasts put the game out of reach and sent Milwaukee to the break with three victories in its last four games.
"If I had another day like (the last two), I'd be sulking for three days and making life miserable for the family," Houston said. "Now I'll be OK to live with for the next three days."
It was just the second career multihomer game for Houston, a journeyman who was signed to be the Brewers' backup catcher. He played 70 games at third base for the Cubs last season but recently became the Brewers' starting first baseman after rookie Kevin Barker's flameout and Charlie Hayes' inconsistent play.
Red Sox 7, Braves 2
Boston Nomar Garciaparra homered twice and scored three times, helping the Red Sox snap a five-game home losing streak. The Red Sox scored seven runs on 10 hits and two walks against Braves starter Kevin Millwood (5-8), who lasted four-plus innings in place of scheduled starter Greg Maddux. Tim Wakefield (5-5) won his third straight start, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings. Jason Varitek went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jose Offerman had a two-run triple for the Red Sox. Millwood has lost his last two starts and hasn't won since June 20.
Cubs 9, White Sox 6
Chicago The Cubs took two of three at Wrigley Field in the finale of their interleague series. Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer in a four-run sixth inning and Henry Rodriguez had four RBIs with his fifth homer in nine games and a bases-loaded single for the Cubs. The White Sox hit four homers two by Carlos Lee and one each by Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez.
Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 2
Oakland, Calif. Randy Johnson struck out 13 while allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings as Arizona avoided a three-game sweep. Johnson (14-2) leads the NL in wins, ERA (1.80) and strikeouts (198). Johnson, 21-3 in his last 31 regular-season starts, recorded his 13th game with 10 or more strikeouts this year and 138th overall.
Mets 2, Yankees 0
New York Mike Hampton pitched seven shutout innings before leaving with a muscle cramp as the New York Mets beat the crosstown Yankees to avoid a four-game sweep. Hampton (9-5), 7-1 in his last 12 starts, and Andy Pettitte (9-5) kept the game close.
Twins 3, Pirates 2
Pittsburgh Corey Koskie homered and drove in three runs to back Mark Redman's effective pitching as Minnesota ended a seven-game losing streak. Redman (6-4) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings to prevent a sweep.
Indians 5, Reds 3
Cincinnati Omar Vizquel hit his third homer in two games and Ken Griffey Jr. was ejected as Cleveland settled for a split of the intrastate season series. Bartolo Colon (9-5) struck out eight and limited the Reds to three hits in six innings.
Marlins 10, Devil Rays 9
Miami Preston Wilson homered and drove in a career-high four runs and Cliff Floyd added a three-run shot as Florida beat Tampa Bay. Jesus Sanchez (5-7) allowed five runs four earned on five hits in five innings for the Marlins.
Blue Jays 13, Expos 3
Montreal Raul Mondesi homered for the third straight game and Frank Castillo won his fifth straight decision for Toronto. The Blue Jays won two of three from Montreal to finish 6-7 on their longest road trip of the season.
Mariners 2, Dodgers 0
Seattle Seattle completed the best first half in franchise history. The Mariners shut out the Dodgers for the second straight game. The Mariners increased their AL West lead over Oakland to three games.
Orioles 5, Phillies 4
Philadelphia Will Clark's two-run single in the ninth lifted Baltimore to a comeback victory. Jeff Brantley (1-2) blew his first save after 13 straight.
Angels 10, Rockies 4
Anaheim, Calif. Darin Erstad went 4-for-5, scored three runs and had two RBIs as Anaheim won its fourth straight and handed Colorado its seventh consecutive loss. Erstad capped a remarkable first half of the season with his 47th multihit game.
Padres 4, Rangers 3
Arlington, Texas Trevor Hoffman earned his 250th career save as San Diego snapped Texas' five-game winning streak. Hoffman entered with runners on first and second and two out in the eighth inning and got out of it by getting Luis Alicea to fly out to right field on the first pitch.