Braves 6, Orioles 3
The All-Star break did wonders for the health of several injured All-Stars.
Four All-Stars who missed Tuesday night's game in Atlanta came through in their teams' victories Thursday night.
Greg Maddux pitched seven strong innings in Atlanta's 6-3 win over Baltimore; Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice as Cincinnati routed Colorado 15-6; Barry Bonds hit his 29th homer in San Francisco's 4-2 win against Oakland; and Manny Ramirez returned from the disabled list with a home run as Cleveland beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in 10 innings.
Showing absolutely no ill effects from a shoulder injury, Maddux outpitched Mike Mussina, and Bobby Bonilla singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning for Atlanta.
Maddux (11-3) allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks to earn his second consecutive win after two straight defeats.
Bonds, who missed six of eight games before the All-Star break, homered leading off the fourth against Mark Mulder (5-5).
Giants manager Dusty Baker said Bonds, who missed six of eight games before the All-Star break, is clearly recovering from a slightly fractured right thumb.
Russ Ortiz (5-8) relieved starter Joe Nathan after a scoreless, but shaky, first inning and allowed one unearned run on four hits in six innings. Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 23 chances, allowing Eric Chavez's 14th homer.
Ramirez, who missed the All-Star game because of a strained left hamstring, went 2-for-4 in his first game since May 29, when he was hurt running to first base against Anaheim.
PADRES 2, MARINERS 1: Phil Nevin scored from second on shortstop Carlos Guillen's fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the 10th at San Diego.
With two outs, Brett Tomko (4-3) walked Nevin and Bret Boone. Wiki Gonzalez hit a routine grounder to Guillen, who let the ball bounce off the heel of his glove and into center field.
TIGERS 8, ASTROS 2: Dean Palmer hit three run-scoring singles as host Detroit beat Houston for the first time in seven meetings.
Rich Becker hit two doubles and scored three runs for the Tigers, who have won seven of 10 and 12 of 18. Houston, the worst team in the majors at 30-58, has lost five of seven and 18 of 24.
Brian Moehler (6-5) gave up 11 hits and two runs in his first complete game of the season. Shane Reynolds (6-6) lasted just 3 1-3 innings, allowing seven runs and seven hits.
PHILLIES 8, BLUE JAYS 5: Curt Schilling earned his 100th victory with Philadelphia, and rookie Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer at Toronto.
Schilling (5-5) has won four of six starts. He gave up three runs on three homers, including Carlos Delgado's AL-leading 29th. Tony Batista homered twice for the Toronto, giving him 26.
Toronto's Chris Carpenter (7-8) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings.
RED SOX 4, METS 3: At Boston, Brian Daubach's two-out double in the ninth highlighted Pedro Martinez's return from the disabled list.
Daubach's double off Armando Benitez (2-4) hit the base of the right-field wall, scoring Manny Alexander and Jose Offerman. Offerman reached on an error by shortstop Melvin Mora on what could have been the game-ending double play.
Martinez struck out 10 and allowed two runs in seven innings in his first start in 18 days.
DEVIL RAYS 6, EXPOS 4: Gerald Williams hit a two-run homer during a three-run fifth inning for host Tampa Bay.
Vinny Castilla had an RBI single in a two-run seventh as the Devil Rays won for just the fourth time in 12 games.
Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Chris Widger added a solo shot for the Expos.
TWINS 5, CUBS 1: Brad Radke won at home for the first time in almost a month, and Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer. Radke (6-10) gave up five hits and one run in six innings.
CARDINALS 13, WHITE SOX 5: Andy Benes (10-3) won his sixth straight decision, Fernando Tatis homered twice and Shawon Dunston hit a grand slam at Comiskey Park. Edgar Renteria hit his 11th homer for St. Louis, off Mike Sirotka (8-7).
MARLINS 11, YANKEES 9: At Yankee Stadium, Mike Lowell and Derek Lee hit three-run homers off Orlando Hernandez (8-7) as Florida won for the eighth time in 10 games. Brad Penny (5-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings for his second win in 14 starts since April 23.
Antonio Alfonseca finished for his major league-leading 29th save.
BREWERS 5, ROYALS 2: Jeromy Burnitz and Marquis Grissom hit first-inning homers, and Jamey Wright (5-2) won his fourth straight road decision, allowing one run and eight hits in seven innings. Milwaukee's first four batters scored against Blake Stein (0-2), making his second start after breaking a bone in his right forearm during spring training.
RANGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4: David Segui tied it with a two-run triple and Luis Alicia had a two-run single as Texas rallied for five runs in the ninth at Phoenix. Jay Bell had four RBIs, but Arizona's bullpen blew a save chance for the third time in four games. Jeff Zimmerman (2-4) won despite allowing an RBI infield single to Bell in the eighth, and John Wetteland got his 22nd save.
DODGERS 4, ANGELS 3: At Los Angeles, Jim Leyritz hit a two-out, game-winning RBI single in the 10th after Adrian Beltre tripled off Al Levine (1-1).
Antonio Osuna (2-4) retired all three batters he faced for the win.