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Wednesday’s MLB smorgasbord - HR derby, cycle, near no-no

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A home run derby between Mark McGwire, Albert Belle and Robin Ventura at Comiskey Park. A cycle by Dante Bichette at Coors Field. A near no-hitter by Ismael Valdes at Dodger Stadium.

There was extra excitement in interleague play Wednesday night, and for good reason.Six games went into extra innings - tying the major league record for the most in one day. It also happened on dates in 1951, 1963 and 1988.

WHITE SOX 10, CARDINALS 8: Ventura hit a tying homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, then connected for a two-run drive in the 11th to lift Chicago over St. Louis.

McGwire's major league-leading 30th homer helped the Cardinals take a 7-0 lead into the sixth. Belle had a pair of three-run homers for the White Sox, matching his career high with six RBIs.

ROCKIES 9, RANGERS 8: Bichette became the first player in Colorado history to hit for the cycle, winning the game at Coors Field with a long single with two out in the 10th inning.

Bichette doubled in the fourth, homered in the sixth and tripled in the ninth. He finished with five RBIs and scored twice.

DODGERS 1, ATHLETICS 0: Valdes, supposedly close to being sent to Seattle last week in a trade for Randy Johnson, pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game since 1995.

Valdes (5-7) did not give up a hit until Matt Stairs singled with two out in the seventh inning. He struck out nine as Los Angeles won at Oakland.

MARINERS 4, GIANTS 1: San Francisco's 11-game winning streak came to an end as David Segui drove in three runs for visiting Seattle. The Mariners had lost four in a row.

Giants starter Orel Hershiser left the game in the fifth inning after being hit on the right wrist by Alex Rodriguez's line drive. Left fielder Barry Bonds also left early because of tightness in his left calf.

Before the game, the Giants put second baseman Jeff Kent on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee. He was injured the previous day when Rodriguez slid into him.

DIAMONDBACKS 10, ANGELS 2: Jay Bell homered, tripled and drove in three runs and Arizona stopped Anaheim's nine-game winning streak.

Travis Lee and Matt Williams also homered for the host Diamondbacks.

YANKEES 6, EXPOS 2: New York won its season-high ninth in a row, overcoming a knee injury to Bernie Williams to beat Montreal at Olympic Stadium.

Williams left the game shortly after hurting his right knee on an awkward slide. The center fielder is expected to return to New York Thursday for further examination.

Hideki Irabu (6-1), who leads the majors with a 1.59 ERA, became the first Yankees pitcher to get a hit in a regular-season game since Larry Gowell on Oct. 4, 1972.

BREWERS 9, ROYALS 6: Jeromy Burnitz singled home the go-ahead run in the 15th inning as Milwaukee won on a long night at Kansas City.

There was a 59-minute rain delay in the 10th inning, and the game was the longest for both teams since the Brewers beat the Royals 4-3 in 15 innings at Milwaukee last Sept. 24.

BLUE JAYS 4, MARLINS 3: Jose Canseco hit two home runs in front of a hometown crowd, and Toronto averted a three-game sweep at Miami.

PIRATES 4, INDIANS 3: Jermaine Allens-worth doubled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning off Jose Mesa as Pittsburgh won at Cleveland.

ORIOLES 5, PHILLIES 2: Rafael Palmeiro again came out ahead in a matchup with Mark Leiter, hitting a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning at Philadelphia.

RED SOX 10, BRAVES 6: John Valentin hit two home runs in a game for the third time this season, and an expected pitching duel between Boston's Pedro Martinez and Atlanta's Denny Neagle never developed at Turner Field.

METS 3, DEVIL RAYS 2: Al Leiter won his fourth consecutive start and New York took advantage of five walks in the first inning by Tampa Bay's Rick White.

ASTROS 10, TIGERS 3: Moises Alou and Carl Everett each drove in three runs and Houston finished off a three-game sweep at Tiger Stadium.

TWINS 5, CUBS 1: Todd Walker had a two-run single, and Minnesota strung together six straight two-out hits in a five-run first inning against Chicago.

The crowd of 15,086 was the smallest of the interleague series, which drew 58,969 for the three games at the Metrodome.


PADRES 2, REDS 1: Ken Caminiti hit his first homer since April 23 and Kevin Brown tied a career high with 10 strikeouts as San Padres completed a three-game sweep of visiting Cincinnati.