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JOHNSON’S OUTING VS. BOSOX IS NOTHING TO BRAGG ABOUT

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Darren Bragg knows better than to expect big things when facing former teammate Randy Johnson. Especially since the 6-foot-10 left-hander hadn't given up a home run to a left-handed batter in almost four years.

But with the bases loaded Saturday, Bragg became only the sixth lefty to homer off Johnson and helped the Boston Red Sox to a 9-5 win over the Seattle Mariners."I was just trying to put the ball in play," Bragg said. "I wanted to try and get the insurance run in. I was fortunate to get the good part of the bat on the pitch and it carried out."

Mo Vaughn was the last left-handed batter to homer off Johnson when he did so Aug. 31, 1992.

Bragg's first career grand slam was one of three homers hit by Boston in its fourth win in five games and 18th in 24.

"The wind was blowing out Saturday so it was quite a effort to hit a home run, but to hit one off Randy Johnson I guess it was meant for us to win this game," said Boston manager Kevin Kennedy.

Wells pitched 41/3 innings and gave up five earned runs before he was replaced by Johnson, who made his sixth relief appearance this season.

Brewers 4, Indians 3, 10 innings

At Cleveland, Kevin Seitzer singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Milwaukee beat Cleveland for its second win in two nights over the Indians in extra innings.

Jeff Cirillo opened the 10th with a single off Eric Plunk (2-2) and was forced at second on Dave Nilsson's sacrifice attempt. Pinch-runner David Hulse stole second as John Jaha struck out against Paul Shuey and scored easily on Seitzer's single to left-center.

Orioles 5, Angels 4

At Baltimore, Mike Mussina won his sixth straight start and Baltimore got its offense going again, using an 11-hit attack.

The victory put the Orioles atop the AL wild-card race, a half-game ahead of the Chicago White Sox.

Yankees 5, Athletics 4

At New York, Wally Whitehurst won in his first major league start since 1994, and Paul O'Neill hit a three-run double as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics.

Blue Jays 9, White Sox 2

At Chicago, Jacob Brumfield, a last-minute addition to the starting lineup, and Alex Gonzalez each drove in three runs as Toronto won its seventh straight.

Brumfield started in left field in place of Joe Carter, who was scratched because of a sore right thumb he injured Wednesday.

Twins 6, Rangers 5

At Minneapolis, Frank Rodriguez became the Minnesota Twins' first 12-game winner in three years, and Marty Cordova and Matt Lawton hit solo homers.

Rodriguez (12-10) allowed six hits in seven innings to become the winningest Twins pitcher since Kevin Tapani went 12-15 in 1993.

Royals 9, Tigers 2

At Kansas City, Mo., rookie Jose Rosado came within one out of his third complete game in 10 starts this season as Kansas City stopped a six-game losing streak.

National League

Braves 6, Cubs 5

At Atlanta, Fred McGriff's three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a four-run rally and lifted the Atlanta Braves to a win over the Chicago Cubs.

McGriff's second homer of the day was his fifth hit, matching a career best, and came after the Braves rallied with two outs and the bases empty off Turk Wendell and Larry Casian (1-1).

Expos 3, Giants 0

At San Francisco, Pedro Martinez allowed only two singles by Rick Wilkins in eight innings and David Segui drove in two runs for Montreal.

Martinez (11-8) fanned 10, striking out the side in the eighth. He allowed six base runners, but got inning-ending double plays in the second and third innings.

Astros 3, Cardinals 1

At Houston, Orlando Miller hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak to St. Louis.

The Astros regained first place in the NL Central by a half-game over the Cardinals.

Dodgers 7, Mets 5

At Los Angeles, Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run homer following rookie shortstop Rey Ordonez's two-out error in the second and Tim Wallach also homered for Los Angeles.

Marlins 5, Reds 3

At Miami, Kevin Brown pitched eight strong innings and Gary Sheffield drove in two runs to reach a career-high 101 RBIs.

Rockies 9, Pirates 3

At Denver, Ellis Burks and Vinny Castilla each hit two-run home runs and Mark Thompson went the distance.

Burks, who narrowly missed hitting for the cycle, homered in the first to highlight a three-run inning. Castilla's homer keyed a three-run third, helping the Rockies to a 6-2 lead.

Padres 7, Phillies 1

At San Diego, Rickey Henderson hit the 69th leadoff home run of his career, and Joey Hamilton pitched two-hit ball for seven innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies.