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Cubs rally from 8-run deficit to edge Colorado in slugfest

Cubs 13, Rockies 12The Colorado Rockies built an eight-run lead against the Chicago Cubs after three innings. As it turned out, the Rockies didn't score enough.

Henry Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth, helping the Cubs rally from a 9-1 deficit for a wild 13-12 victory at Colorado on Tuesday night.

The game turned into a slugfest as the Cubs hit five homers, including an NL-leading 24th by Sammy Sosa. The Rockies had four, topped by a 483-foot third-deck shot by Larry Walker, the fourth-longest in Coors Field history.

METS 8, MARLINS 2: In New York, Mike Piazza tied the Mets' hitting streak record on his final swing and Rey Ordonez kept up his All-Star campaign with three RBIs.

CARDINALS 4, ASTROS 3 (14): Mark McGwire singled home the winning run in the 14th inning off Jeff McCurry (0-1) in St. Louis.

PHILLIES 3, PIRATES 2: Rookie Randy Wolf won his third straight start and Marlon Anderson hit a go-ahead, two-run double in Philadelphia.

EXPOS 2, BRAVES 1: In Atlanta, Greg Maddux (6-5) allowed just one earned run and eight hits in seven innings but was hurt by first baseman Randall Simon's throwing error as Montreal stopped a five-game losing streak.

BREWERS 5, GIANTS 1: In San Francisco, Scott Karl (6-6) allowed one run in eight innings and Mark Loretta had four hits and three RBIs as Milwaukee won its fourth straight.

PADRES 4, DODGERS 1: In Los Angeles, Ruben Rivera hit a two-run homer and Sterling Hitchcock (5-6) allowed one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings as San Diego won its fourth straight. The Dodgers have lost 10 of 14.

REDS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7: In Phoenix, Pokey Reese went 5-for-6 in his first career five-hit game, and Armando Reynoso's error led to four unearned runs.


ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 3: Even $65 million isn't enough to make Albert Belle want to play an exhibition game.

He made that clear Tuesday when he posted a sign next to his locker asking for signatures from teammates wishing to boycott the Baltimore Orioles' Aug. 28 game at Triple-A Rochester.

Baltimore has won 11 of 12, moving within five games of .500 at 32-37. The Orioles trailed 3-1 before rallying in a four-run eighth. Belle, signed to a $65 million, five-year contract by the Orioles with the hope he would lead them back to the playoffs, keyed the inning with the homer.

YANKEES 7, DEVIL RAYS 0: Bernie Williams went 4-for-5 and Orlando Hernandez (8-6) pitched a three-hitter as the visiting Yankees got their first complete game of the season. New York is 12-1 against Tampa Bay in the last two seasons.

ANGELS 4, MARINERS 2: The Mariners began their final homestand in the Kingdome with a loss, with Randy Velarde's RBI triple off Freddy Garcia (8-4) keying a three-run eighth inning. The Mariners open Safeco Field, their new retractable-roof stadium, against San Diego on July 15.

BLUE JAYS 4, INDIANS 3: Shawn Green hit a two-run homer, giving him three in two games, and Kelvim Escobar (7-4) allowed two runs in seven innings to send visiting Cleveland to its third loss in 13 games.

WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 1: Jim Parque (8-5) allowed six hits in eight scoreless innings at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko homered as Chicago stopped a three-game losing streak.

ROYALS 4, TIGERS 2: Jeremy Giambi had three RBIs, including an eighth-inning single that broke a 2-all tie as Kansas City stopped a three-game losing streak.

ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 3: Miguel Tejada's two-run triple keyed a three-run ninth as visiting Oakland rallied against John Wetteland (1-2), who blew a save for the third time in 26 chances.