The Washington Times - July 3, 2008, 01:26AM

By JAY LeBLANC
July 3, 2008

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Marlins 4, Nationals 2

Alfredo Amezaga slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Marlins the lead, and they added another run in the eighth and held on to top the Nats 4-2. Florida starter Ricky Nolasco improved to 9-4 by tossing seven innings of two-run ball and fanning eight. Paul LoDuca knocked in both Washington runs on a second-inning single. Nats starter Odalis Perez allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings and didn’t factor into the decision.

Rockies 8, Padres 1

Garrett Atkins went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI and Yorvit Torrealba and Troy Tulowitzki also went deep as the Rockies mashed their way past the Padres. Ubaldo Jiminez allowed one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the victory. San Diego starter Randy Wolf was tagged for seven runs in four innings to take the loss. Chase Headley accounted for the lone Padres run with a solo shot, his fourth since his promotion since triple-A.

Phillies 7, Braves 3

Ryan Howard hit a three-run shot - his 21st of the season - and Pat Burrell slugged his 21st of the year as well as the Phillies pounded the Braves. Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Philadelphia, while Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste had two hits apiece. Adam Eaton picked up his third win by allowing two earned runs over five innings. Chipper Jones and Ruben Gotay homered for Atlanta.

Pirates 9, Reds 5

Xavier Nady went deep twice and drove in four runs, Jose Bautista left the yard, Adam LaRoche knocked in a pair of runs and Luis Rivas and Jason Bay each had two hits and scored a run as the Pirates outslugged the Reds. Cincinnati rookie Jay Bruce busted out of his slump with a solo shot and a three-run blast and Adam Dunn also homered in the loss. Rookie Daryl Thompson allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Dodgers 4, Astros 1

Hiroki Kuroda returned from the disabled list with seven innings of shutout ball as the Dodgers topped the Astros. Andre Ethier went deep in support of Kuroda, while Jeff Kent had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Carlos Lee hit a solo shot to account for the lone Houston run and David Newhan added two hits for the Astros.

Cardinals 8, Mets 7

Troy Glaus smacked a walk-off solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Cards over the Mets. Glaus also went yard earlier in the game, as did teammates Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan. Damion Easley led the Mets offense with three hits and three RBI, while David Wright had three hits and scored a pair of runs and Jose Reyes had three base knocks and a run scored. Pedro Martinez allowed five runs in five innings but didn’t factor into the decision.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 3

Mike Cameron singled in Russell Branyan with what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth as the Brewers dispatched the D-Backs. Salomon Torres allowed a hit and a walk in the bottom of the frame but escaped with his 15th save. Justin Upton launched his 10th home run of the year for Arizona, while Orlando Hudson had four hits in a losing effort.

Cubs 6, Giants 5

Mike Fontenot broke a 5-5 stalemate with a solo homer in the eighth innings to lead the Cubs past the Giants. Jim Edmonds also went deep for the Cubs, while Geovany Soto had two hits and two RBI. Carlos Marmol picked up the win despite allowing three runs in an inning of work, and Kerry Wood slammed the door shut in the ninth for his 21st save. Ray Durham and John Bowker went deep for the Giants.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Orioles 5, Royals 2

Daniel Cabrera went the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits en route to his sixth win of the season. Aubrey Huff smacked his 15th home run of the year, Nick Markakis had two hits and scored a pair of runs and Ramon Hernandez added three base knocks for the O’s. David DeJesus went 3-for-4 and hit his ninth home run of the year for the Royals.

Rays 7, Red Sox 6

The first-place Rays completed a three-game sweep of the second-place Red Sox to take a 3 1/2 game lead in the American League East. Rookie third baseman Evan Longoria had three hits and knocked in three runs for Tampa Bay, while Jason Bartlett had two hits and scored a pair of runs and Carl Crawford chipped in with three hits. Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and two ribbies in the loss for the Red Sox.

Twins 7, Tigers 0

Nick Blackburn allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings while fanning four to improve to 7-4. Carlos Gomez and Delmon Young had three hits apiece for the Twins, while Joe Mauer had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs. Eddie Bonine took the loss for Detroit, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, though just two of the runs were earned. Jesse Crain and Boof Bonser each pitched scoreless innings for Minnesota to preserve the shutout.

Angels 7, Athletics 4

Angels starter Joe Saunders wasn’t spectacular, but earned his 12th win of the year by allowing four runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings and striking out five. Juan Rivera went deep and knocked in three runs for the Angels, and Erick Aybar also left the yard in the victory. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his Major League-leading 34th save. Mark Ellis had two hits and two RBI for the A’s.

Yankees 18, Rangers 7

Jason Giambi slugged a grand slam and totaled six RBI on the night as the Bronx Bombers embarrassed the Rangers 18-7. Alex Rodriguez homered, knocked in three runs and scored four, while Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu each scored three runs and knocked in a pair in the blowout. Three different Rangers pitchers - Luis Mendoza, Warner Madrigal and Jamey Wright - coughed up six runs in the ballgame. Milton Bradley and Chris Davis went deep for Texas.

White Sox 6, Indians 5

A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo home run - his second of the game - off Indians reliever Masahide Kobayashi in the bottom of the 10th to lift the ChiSox to victory. Jermaine Dye hit his 19th home run of the year for Chicago, while Nick Swisher had two hits and knocked a run. Grady Sizemore went 3-for-4 and slugged his 20th and 21st home runs of the season for the Indians.

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 2

Miguel Cairo knocked in three runs on a pair of doubles to lead the M’s past the Blue Jays. Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn allowed two runs on seven hits in his six innings of work to improve to 4-7, while Jays starter Dustin McGowan fell to 6-7 by allowing all four Mariners runs in his six frames. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and scored two runs for Seattle, while Adam Lind homered for Toronto in the loss.

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