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Sosa, McGwire would trade their home runs for victories

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Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire care about only one set of numbers - final scores. Everything else is a waste of time.

They both came up short Wednesday night.Sosa's Chicago Cubs wasted his record-tying homer in a 7-6, 11-inning loss at Detroit, and McGwire's league-leading 34th homer was St. Louis' only highlight in a 14-3 loss at Cleveland.

"It's really insignificant," McGwire said of his first homer in 18 at-bats, a 433-foot solo blast off Jaret Wright in the fourth inning. "We got a real beating tonight."

Sosa hit his 31st homer and 18th in June in the first inning to match the mark for one month set by Detroit's Rudy York in August 1937, and break the NL record of 17 by San Francisco's Willie Mays in August 1965.

"A lot of people have been thinking about a record, but I'm not thinking about that," Sosa said. "I'm thinking about the game that we played, the situation we're in. We're supposed to be winning, but we don't play the way we're supposed to be playing. I just want to win some games."

Sosa has 11 homers in 12 games, and 22 in 25 games, but Chicago has lost four straight and 11 of 15.

"He's been trying to carry us, but we've just been finding ways to not let him get us over the hump," Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said.

Detroit tied it with two outs in the ninth on Bobby Higginson's two-run homer off Rod Beck, and won in the 11th on Gabe Alvarez's bases-loaded RBI single off Dave Stevens.

YANKEES 10, BRAVES 6: At Atlanta, David Cone allowed five hits in seven innings and Joe Girardi had three hits and two RBIs for New York. The Yankees have won two of three games between the teams with baseball's best records.

Cone (10-2) had the first regular-season RBI by a Yankees pitcher in more than 25 years. Mariano Rivera got his 18th save.

MARINERS 2, PADRES 1: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 30th home run and Seattle ace Randy Johnson struck out 12 and reached base twice at San Diego.

Griffey reached 30 homers before the All-Star break for the third time, joining McGwire as the only players to accomplish the feat.

METS 6, ORIOLES 3: Rick Reed pitched seven solid innings and Mike Piazza had three hits and a home run for New York in Baltimore's first game in Shea Stadium against the Mets since losing Game 5 of the 1969 World Series.

Reed (9-4) allowed nine hits, including a two-run homer by B.J. Surhoff, and also contributed at the plate with a single and two sacrifices.

BLUE JAYS 7, EXPOS 6: At Montreal, Roger Clemens picked up his first victory in five interleague starts as Toronto won its fourth straight.

Clemens (8-6) allowed five runs on 12 hits in seven-plus innings. Randy Myers pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

MARLINS 8, DEVIL RAYS 4: Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Florida's victory over former Marlins pitcher Tony Saunders (1-8).

Todd Zeile added a two-run shot for the Marlins, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Brian Meadows (6-6) went five innings for the victory.

WHITE SOX 4, REDS 2: Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez homered and Ray Durham matched his career high with four hits as Chicago handed visiting Cincinnati its 11th consecutive loss.

Thomas hit a two-run homer in the first off Scott Winchester (3-5) and Ordonez had a solo shot in the fourth. Jaime Navarro (6-9) snapped a three-game losing streak, and Bill Simas finished for his third save.

PHILLIES 11, RED SOX 8: At Philadelphia, Mike Lieberthal had three RBIs as the Phillies tied their season high for runs in winning their fourth straight game.

DODGERS 6, ANGELS 5 : Trenidad Hubbard's RBI single in the 11th gave Los Angeles manager Glenn Hoffman his first victory in three games since replacing Bill Russell.

Gary Sheffield and Raul Mondesi homered for the Dodgers, and Cecil Fielder and Gary DiSarcina connected for the Angels.

BREWERS 3, TWINS 1: At Minneapolis, Jeromy Burnitz hit his 17th home run, and Milwaukee's Steve Woodard held Minnesota to one run in 51/3 innings.

Woodard (5-5) gave up seven hits, including Matt Lawton's homer. Bob Wickman finished for his ninth save. LaTroy Hawkins (4-7) took the loss.

ATHLETICS 7, GIANTS 6: Matt Stairs' pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning pushed visiting Oakland past San Francisco.

Jason Giambi also hit a home run for Oakland. San Francisco's Barry Bonds homered for the second straight game.

RANGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Phoenix, Juan Gonzalez drove in two runs to increase his major league-leading total to 93, and Rick Helling (11-3) tied teammate Aaron Sele for the major league victory lead.

PIRATES 10, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Kevin Young had three of Pittsburgh's season-high 19 hits and Mark Smith and Jose Guillen homered for the Pirates.


ROCKIES 8, ASTROS 6: Dante Bichette and Todd Helton homered as Colorado overcame a six-run deficit and two homers by Jeff Bagwell to beat visiting Houston.