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Sox end Fenway woes, beat Braves

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BOSTON — Nomar Garciaparra homered twice and scored three times, leading the Red Sox to a 7-2 victory over Atlanta on Sunday and snapping a five-game home losing streak.

The Red Sox scored seven runs on 10 hits and two walks against Braves starter Kevin Millwood (5-8), who lasted four-plus innings in place of scheduled starter Greg Maddux.

Tim Wakefield (5-5) won his third straight start, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings. Jason Varitek went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jose Offerman had a two-run triple for the Red Sox.

Millwood has lost his last two starts and hasn't won since June 20.

TWINS 3, PIRATES 2: At Pittsburgh, Corey Koskie homered and drove in three runs to back Mark Redman's effective pitching as Minnesota ended a seven-game losing streak.

Redman (6-4) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings to prevent a sweep, as well as the Pirates' first five-game winning streak this season.

Redman limited the Pirates to Kevin Young's second solo homer in as many games. He struck out four and walked one.

Minnesota's Matt Lawton was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases while reaching base five times, twice on walks.

LaTroy Hawkins got two outs for his fourth save in as many chances.

INDIANS 5, REDS 3: At Cincinnati, Omar Vizquel hit his third homer in two games and Ken Griffey Jr. was ejected as Cleveland settled for a split of the intrastate season series.

Bartolo Colon (9-5) struck out eight and limited the Reds to three hits in six innings, including Hal Morris' pinch-homer in the sixth.

Scott Williamson (2-6), the NL's Rookie of the Year as a reliever in 1999, made his first career start.

Griffey, who pulled out of the All-Star game because of a sore right knee, went 0-for-4 and was ejected by home plate umpire Justin Klemm after arguing a called third strike in the eighth.

ORIOLES 5, PHILLIES 4: At Philadelphia, Will Clark's two-run single in the ninth lifted Baltimore to a comeback victory.

Jeff Brantley (1-2) blew his first save after 13 straight.

Pinch-hitter Harold Baines singled off Brantley to start the ninth and was removed for pinch-runner Luis Matos. Brady Anderson walked, Mike Bordick sacrificed and Clark hit a soft liner to center.

Alan Mills (1-0) pitched two innings of hitless relief. Mike Timlin worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

BLUE JAYS 13, EXPOS 3: At Montreal, Raul Mondesi homered for the third straight game and Frank Castillo won his fifth straight decision for Toronto.

Mondesi connected for a three-run homer off Dustin Hermanson (6-7) in the fifth.

The Blue Jays won two of three from Montreal to finish 6-7 on their longest road trip of the season. Toronto collected a season-high 18 hits off six pitchers. The 13 runs tied a season high, also against Montreal, on June 9.

Tony Batista, added to the AL All-Star team prior to the game, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

BREWERS 10, TIGERS 3: At Milwaukee, Tyler Houston hit three home runs and Jason Bere allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings for Milwaukee.

Houston tied his career-high with six RBIs, hitting a two-run homer in each of his first three at-bats.

Houston's first two homers came against Willie Blair (5-2), who allowed five runs and lasted just four innings, losing as a starter for the first time this year.

Bere (6-6) struck out seven and won for the third time in four decisions.

ASTROS 9, ROYALS 6: At Houston, Jose Lima snapped a personal 13-game losing streak despite allowing three homers over seven innings, and Lance Berkman drove in four runs with two homers for Houston.

Lima (2-13) hadn't won since his first start of the season on April 5 against Pittsburgh. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts and walked three, allowing seven hits and four runs.

Octavio Dotel got five outs for his first career save.

Moises Alou added his 15th homer for Houston.

Joe Randa hit a solo homer in the second inning and Mike Sweeney, who went 4-for-4, added a two-run homer in the third for the Royals. Bill Spiers went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple.

CARDINALS 8, GIANTS 7: At St. Louis, Pat Hentgen allowed two hits in five scoreless innings and Fernando Tatis had a two-run homer as St. Louis ended San Francisco's eight-game winning streak.

The NL Central leaders avoided a three-game sweep and moved eight games in front of second-place Cincinnati.

Hentgen (8-6) worked on three days' rest for the third time in his career, and first since Sept. 24, 1996. He walked three and struck out two.

Tatis' eighth homer came off Livan Hernandez (7-7) with one out in the fifth. Ray Lankford and Craig Paquette added homers in the seventh off Joe Nathan.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, ATHLETICS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Randy Johnson struck out 13 while allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings as Arizona avoided a three-game sweep.

Johnson (14-2) leads the NL in wins, ERA (1.80) and strikeouts (198).

Johnson, 21-3 in his last 31 regular-season starts, recorded his 13th game with 10 or more strikeouts this year and 138th overall.

Johnson gave up a two-run single to Matt Stairs in the fourth.

Matt Mantei struck out the side for his fourth save in six chances.

MARINERS 2, DODGERS 0: At Seattle, Seattle completed the best first half in franchise history when Jamie Moyer outdueled Chan Ho Park.

The Mariners shut out the Dodgers for the second straight game, following Saturday's 11-0 win.

The Mariners increased their AL West lead over Oakland to three games.

Moyer (8-3) gave up seven hits in seven innings, and improved to 6-2 since coming off the DL on June 2. He struck out a season-high eight, walking two.