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ROCKIES, PADRES SPLIT `CRAZY’ DOUBLEHEADER

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Mile High Stadium, the place where crazy things happen, struck again. And then again.

The Colorado Rockies won the first game of a doubleheader against San Diego 10-9 Tuesday afternoon when Dante Bichette's eighth-inning infield single with the bases loaded finished off the biggest comeback in team history.The Padres took the nightcap 11-3 by scoring nine runs in the top of the 11th, a National League record for runs in the 11th.

Baseball's only scheduled doubleheader of the year featured six home runs - all in the first game - as well as 33 runs, 54 hits and 34 runners left on base.

The Padres almost lost both games. San Diego went ahead 2-1 in the 10th on Derek Bell's fourth hit, an RBI chopper into left. Colorado tied it on Eric Young's single, and a great throw by Bell nailed Nelson Liriano trying to score from first on the play.

In San Diego's 9-run inning, Nieves and Ricky Gutierrez had RBI singles and Gwynn had a two-run hit. Runs also scored on a wild pitch, a hit batsmen and a comedy that saw three cross the plate on an infield grounder.

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1

At Philadelphia, Fernando Valenzuela returned to the majors with six strong innings, but Florida won on Jerry Browne's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Valenzuela, signed Friday, gave up six hits and one unearned run. He struck out one, walked two and went 1-for-2 with a crowd-pleasing double.

Montreal 8, Atlanta 7

At Montreal, Wil Cordero's RBI single capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally to lift Montreal within a half-game of Atlanta.

Los Angeles 7, San Francisco 4

At Los Angeles, Matt Williams tied Willie Stargell's NL record for homers before July with his 28th, but San Francisco still lost.

St. Louis 8, New York 6

At New York, Ozzie Smith's two-out double in the seventh inning drove home the winning run and St. Louis scored four more times in the eighth before holding on to hand New York its fifth straight loss and seventh in eight games.

Pittsburgh 6, Chicago 5

At Chicago, Brian Hunter hit his first career grand slam and Orlando Merced knocked home the winning run with a 7th-inning single. Don Slaught led off the third inning with a solo home run and Hunter's two-out homer, his ninth, capped a five-run rally against Mike Morgan (1-8).

Cincinnati 5, Houston 3

At Houston, Reggie Sanders hit his 13th home run and Bret Boone drove in two runs to lead Cincinnati to its eighth victory in 10 games. John Smiley (7-8) went 61/3 innings for his fourth straight win and Jeff Brantley got his eighth save. Greg Swindell (5-6) lost his fifth in a row.

American League

Athletics 3, Angels 0

Oakland got another outstanding pitching performance from Bobby Witt - a two-hitter for his second straight shutout - and beat the California Angels 3-0 Tuesday night. It was the sixth straight victory for the Athletics, who suddenly find themselves only four games out of first in the AL West.

Yankees 10, Red Sox 4

At Boston, the only team hotter than the A's - the Yankees - won their seventh straight by scoring 10 consecutive runs. Daryl Boston had three RBIs and Melido Perez (6-3) won his third straight game, settling down after allowing four early runs. Bernie Williams, Jim Leyritz and Luis Polonia each drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have won 9 of 11. Randy Velarde added a solo homer.

Indians 9, Orioles 8

At Cleveland, the Indians blew an 8-3 lead in the top of the ninth, but Albert Belle hit his 21st homer in the bottom of the inning for the win. It was the third time this season that Belle won a game at Jacobs Field with his final swing.

Royals 4, White Sox 3

At Chicago, David Cone's 11th victory wasn't secured until Jeff Montgomery got Julio Franco to ground out to first with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth.

Brewers 6, Blue Jays 4

At Milwaukee, Greg Vaughn and Dave Nilsson broke open a close game with back-to-back homers off Dave Stewart (5-7) as Milwaukee sent Toronto to its 10th straight loss - its longest streak since dropping 12 straight in 1981.

Rangers 10, Twins 4

At Minneapolis, Jose Canseco had a tie-breaking single and Rusty Greer hit a three-run homer in a seventh-inning rally.

Hector Fajardo (3-4) broke a personal three-game losing streak with the victory and Tom Henke got the final four outs for his fifth save. Dave Stevens (2-2) walked the first two Texas hitters in the seventh, starting the five-run rally.

Mariners 6, Tigers 4

At Seattle, Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer and added an RBI single, helping the Mariners end a five-game losing streak.