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Cardinals 8, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Richard homered on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3 Monday night.

Richard, who replaced injured outfielder J.D. Drew, was called up Sunday from Triple-A Memphis and joined the Cardinals on Monday after a flight from Colorado Springs.

With his homer leading off the second inning, Richard became the second St. Louis player this month and fourth in Cardinals history to homer in his first major league at-bat. Keith McDonald did it on July 4 and then hit another two days later in his second time up.

Pat Hentgen (9-6) pitched six innings for the Cardinals, raising his career record against the Twins to 13-3.

Mike Lincoln (0-3) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first with a pair of strikeouts but gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks in only 4 1/3 innings.

METS 7, BLUE JAYS 5: At Toronto, Mike Piazza hit a tiebreaking RBI grounder in the 11th inning after Toronto reliever Pedro Borbon (1-1) allowed a single to Lenny Harris and walks to Derek Bell and Edgardo Alfonzo.

John Franco (4-3) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. Armando Benitez worked the 11th for his 21st save in 25 chances.

WHITE SOX 11, BREWERS 2: At Chicago, Frank Thomas hit his 29th homer, and rookie Jon Garland got his first major league victory.

Thomas, selected as AL Player of the Week, hit a two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Steve Woodard to raise his AL-leading RBI total for July to 20.

Garland (1-1) gave up two runs on three hits and five walks in seven innings, striking out three in his second big league start.

Jason Bere (6-7) pitching for the first time against his former team, allowed six runs on seven hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.

PHILLIES 10, YANKEES 8: At New York, Pitching 365 days after his perfect game, David Cone (1-8) allowed a two-run homer to Mike Lieberthal and a three-run shot to Pat Burrell, losing his career-high sixth straight decision.

Bobby Abreu had a grand slam for the Phillies, who won for the first time in seven tries at Yankee Stadium. They lost twice in the 1950 World Series, three times in 1998 and in the opener of the series Sunday.

RED SOX 7, EXPOS 3: At Boston, Troy O'Leary hit a three-run homer, and Nomar Garciaparra drove in two runs to raise his batting average to .400.

ORIOLES 5, MARLINS 3: At Baltimore, Delino DeShields homered and drove in three runs, and Jose Mercedes (4-4) pitched seven solid innings.

ATHLETICS 11, ROCKIES 10: At Denver, Jeff Cirillo's single with two outs in the 10th helped Colorado snap an 11-game losing streak and split a day-night doubleheader.

TIGERS 3, REDS 1: At Detroit, Rich Becker drove in two runs, and Dave Mlicki won his second straight decision as Detroit beat Cincinnati.

INDIANS 8, ASTROS 6: At Cleveland, Tim Drew got his first major league win as Travis Fryman's three-run double capped Cleveland's six-run fifth inning against Houston.

DEVIL RAYS 8, BRAVES 6: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Fred McGriff capped a three-RBI night with a homer off John Rocker, and Ryan Rupe won for the first time since last August as Tampa Bay ended Atlanta's four-game winning streak.

CUBS 3, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Scott Downs allowed only one run in seven innings to lead Chicago over Kansas City, the Cubs' season-high fourth straight win.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, MARINERS 0: At Phoenix, Geraldo Guzman pitched four-hit ball over eight innings in his second career start for Arizona.

ANGELS 3, PADRES 2: At San Diego, Matt Walbeck hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and rookie Brian Cooper returned from the minors to beat San Diego.

Cooper (4-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts and four walks.

GIANTS 10, RANGERS 8: At San Francisco, J.T. Snow hit two home runs, including the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, and finished with five RBIs.

Snow, the career leader in interleague RBIs with 69, tied a career high for RBIs with his ninth career multihomer game.

National League

DODGERS 9, PIRATES 6: At Los Angeles, Todd Hollandsworth had three RBIs, and Gary Sheffield hit his major league-leading 32nd home run as Los Angeles handed Pittsburgh its season-high sixth straight loss.

Darren Dreifort (5-7) won for the first time since June 7 and got the go-ahead RBI when hit on the left foot by reliever Chris Peters with the bases loaded in the sixth. Dreifort allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight.