Astros 13, White Sox 4
If Jeff Bagwell played all his games in Chicago, he might threaten Mark McGwire's home run record.Bagwell hit three homers and drove in six runs Wednesday night in Houston's 13-4 win over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
It was his second three-homer game in the Windy City this season. Bagwell also had three homers and six RBIs against the Cubs on April 21 at Wrigley Field.
"It's just a strange coincidence," said Bagwell, who became the 12th major leaguer to have a pair of three-homer games in a season.
Bagwell hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, a solo shot in the eighth and a two-run drive in the ninth. He has 20 homers this season, one behind NL leader Sammy Sosa of the Cubs.
"My swing is pretty unorthodox," Bagwell said. "When it's off, I'm not hitting any home runs. When my mechanics are right, I've got a chance."
Bagwell is batting .441 (15-for-34) in June with six homers and 13 RBIs.
"He's amazing," said Astros pitcher Mike Hampton (7-2), who gave up one earned run in 6 2-3 innings. "He's a great hitter and a great power hitter. He's a good human being, too. Those are three things you don't find a lot in baseball."
In the National League, Arizona beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7.
ROCKIES 16, MARINERS 11: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his major league-leading 23rd home run, a 478-foot shot that highlighted a wet and wild night at Coors Field.
Colorado and Seattle combined for 10 homers, two short of the major league record. Rockies pitcher Curtis Leskanic connected after a rain delay of 3 hours, 18 minutes in the seventh inning.
Angel Echevarria homered twice and drove in five runs for the Rockies. The 10 homers, six by Colorado, matched the most ever at Coors.
ANGELS 2, GIANTS 1: At San Francisco, Barry Bonds returned from a seven-week stay on the disabled list and went 0-for-4 as the Giants lost to Anaheim.
Tim Belcher (4-5) limited the Giants to one run and four hits in eight innings as the Angels avoided a three-game sweep. Mo Vaughn drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single before leaving with a sore left ankle. Bonds returned three weeks earlier than expected from surgery on his left arm.
PIRATES 15, TIGERS 3: Brant Brown went 5-for-5 and drove in five runs, including a homer over the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium.
Brown also scored four times as Pittsburgh ended a four-game losing streak. Brian Giles, Jose Guillen and Ed Sprague also homered for the Pirates, who matched a season high with 17 hits and scored at least once in every inning except the ninth. Dean Palmer and Brad Ausmus homered for the Tigers.
EXPOS 13, RED SOX 1: At Montreal, Mike Thurman pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and the Expos halted Pedro Martinez's nine-game winning streak.
The Expos swept the three-game series, extending Boston's longest losing streak of the season to five.
Martinez (11-2), who struck out a career-high 16 in his last start, allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, tying his shortest outing of the season. He struck out 10, his ninth game this season with double-digit strikeouts.
ORIOLES 4, MARLINS 2: At Miami, Scott Erickson pitched seven effective innings and Jeff Conine homered against his former team as Baltimore ended Florida's seven-game winning streak.
B.J. Surhoff homered as the Orioles stopped a four-game losing skid. Erickson (2-8) won for the first in six starts since May 9, allowing two runs and five hits.
INDIANS 6, BREWERS 5: Jacob Cruz, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo, singled home Jim Thome with two outs in the 10th inning in Cleveland.
YANKEES 11, PHILLIES 5: With George Steinbrenner watching from the first row, New York scored eight runs in the sixth inning to halt its five-game losing streak at Veterans Stadium.
REDS 3, TWINS 1: At Minneapolis, Brett Tomko improved to 7-0 in interleague games and Jeffrey Hammonds had a two-run single as Cincinnati ended the Twins' three-game winning streak.
BRAVES 4, DEVIL RAYS 3: At Atlanta, Andruw Jones drove home the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 12th inning as the streaking Braves beat slumping Tampa Bay.
The Braves have won five in a row, while the Devil Rays have lost six straight.
METS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Rey Ordonez shook off an 0-for-5 night by singling in the winning run in the 14th inning at Shea Stadium.
ROYALS 17, CARDINALS 13: Joe Randa went 5-for-5 and Kansas City scored eight runs in the eighth to beat St. Louis despite McGwire's 19th homer of the season.
At 4 hours and 8 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game in Royals history. McGwire's two-run, 434-foot homer in the fifth bounced off the last row of seats in the left-field bleachers at Kauffman Stadium.
ATHLETICS 3, PADRES 0: Jimmy Haynes pitched seven shutout innings for his first road victory of the season.
Haynes (4-5), who allowed only two hits, had been 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five road games, including four starts.
DODGERS 7, RANGERS 2: Kevin Brown pitched eight strong innings to improve his home record to 5-0, and Eric Karros snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run homer.
Brown (7-3) struck out six and allowed five hits, including a two-run single by Rusty Greer in the fifth inning after being staked to a 6-0 lead. The victory was the fifth in six starts for Brown, who retired his last 10 batters and dealt the AL West leaders only their third loss in 15 games.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, CUBS 7: Mark Grace picked up the bandage that flew out of Byung-Hyun Kim's sleeve and thought to himself, 'This guy's got a future in this league.'
"You have to give him credit," Grace said. "He's only 20 years old. Most guys don't start cheating until later in their careers."
On a night when Randy Johnson struck out 14, Sammy Sosa hit his NL-leading 21st home run and Arizona weathered a six-run Chicago rally for an 8-7 victory over the Cubs, it was what Kim had up his sleeve that provided the weirdest story line.
Kim, Arizona's 20-year-old South Korean pitcher, was thrown out of the game after the eighth inning because a bandage came flying out of his jersey. Umpire Ed Montague said he thought it was paper airplane coming from the stands.
Grace, the Chicago first baseman, retrieved the bandage and showed it to the umpire after the inning was over.
"It was covered with some analgesic balm," Montague said. "He wasn't accused of using it. It was just that he had a foreign substance on his person."
The matter will be forwarded to National League officials to decide if a further penalty, such as a suspension, is warranted.
Through an interpreter, Kim said he had put the bandage on because of a tightness in his shoulder and forgot to take it off when he went in to pitch. He said in Korea, many pitchers wear such bandages during games.
Manager Buck Showalter, who took the smelly bandage from his pocket and showed it to reporters, backed up his pitcher.
"It was basically a Band-Aid with Ben Gay on it on the back of his shoulder," Showalter said. "It was on the back of his shoulder and it flew out. I understand what Eddie and his crew was trying to do. It was all very innocent, but what are you going to do?"
As soon as Kim was thrown out, Showalter told the umpires he was protesting the game.
"I'd say half the pitchers on this field have analgesic balm on them and I'd say half the regulars have a Band-Aid on them," Showalter said. "I think we have to analyze and make sure we don't over-react."