CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman vaulted the Cincinnati Reds over the Cleveland 9-8 Friday, as the Indeans were victimized again by a threadbare bullpen.
The Reds trailed 7-0 after seven innings, unable to get anything going against starter Paul Byrd. Then, one of the AL's least-dependable bullpens let it get away.
Rafael Betancourt gave up Austin Kearns' solo homer and a pinch-hit, three-run shot by Juan Castro, turning it into a game in the eighth. Indians manager Eric Wedge brought Wickman (1-4) into the game in a non-save situation in the ninth to hold a four-run lead.
Javier Valentin's RBI groundout cut it to 8-5, and two two-out walks loaded the bases for Dunn. He pulled the second pitch low over the fence right field fence for his sixth career grand slam and his fifth game-ending homer.
WHITE SOX 6, CUBS 2: At Chicago, Juan Uribe homered and had five RBIs as the White Sox beat the Cubs after the two central combatants in a brawl earlier this season chatted and shook hands.
Cubs catcher Michael Barrett apparently apologized to A.J. Pierzynski in the outfield before the game and the two were seen shaking hands. Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after he ran him over at the plate on May 20.
TIGERS 7, PIRATES 6: At Pittsburg, Carlos Guillen's two-run triple highlighted Detroit's four-run third inning and the Tigers handed Pittsburgh its 14th loss in 15 games.
Curtis Granderson singled and scored to start the third, then protected a one-run lead by making a leaping catch of Ronny Paulino's line drive to left-center to end the eighth with the potential tying run on third. Chris Shelton homered against the club that gave him away in the Rule 5 draft three years ago.
YANKEES 2, METS 0: At New York, five pitchers combined on a one-hitter for the Yankees, and Jason Giambi homered in a rain-delayed 2-0 victory over the suddenly slumping Mets.
Endy Chavez's leadoff single in the sixth inning against Ron Villone (2-1) was the only hit for the visiting Mets. He was picked off first, and the Mets didn't manage another baserunner.
DEVIL RAYS 11, NATIONALS 1: At Washington, Carl Crawford hit two two-run homers and Rocco Baldelli, Jorge Cantu and Damon Hollins also homered for Tampa Bay, which set a season high for runs and tied their season best with 17 hits.
Tim Corcoran (2-0) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings in his third career start with Tampa Bay. He struck out eight and walked three.
BLUE JAYS 8, PHILLIES 1: At Toronto, Lyle Overbay homered twice and had five RBIs in the first two innings as Toronto won its season-high fourth straight. Overbay hit a three-run homer off Adam Bernero (0-1) in a four-run first inning, and added a two-run shot off Bernero in a four-run second.
MARLINS 5, RED SOX 2: At Miami, Dontrelle Willis yielded two runs in seven innings, Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla each scored twice to help Florida snap Boston's 12-game winning streak.
The Marlins scored three times in the first and twice more in the second to spoil Jason Johnson's Red Sox debut.
BRAVES 5, ORIOLES 3: At Atlanta, Marcus Giles broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-run single and Chuck James won his second straight start for the Braves.
James, a rookie left-hander, shut out the Orioles through five innings before giving up sixth-inning homers to Jeff Conine and Corey Patterson. But James (2-0) got the win when the Braves answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. James gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.
TWINS 8, BREWERS 2: At Minneapolis, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter hit consecutive home runs and Brad Radke sailed through seven innings as Minnesota won its eighth straight.
Terry Tiffee hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who have won 18 of 20 — including 11 straight at the Metrodome — and improved to 14-2 in interleague play.
RANGERS 3, ASTROS 1: At Arlington, Texas, Mark Teixeira scored the go-ahead run after ending the longest hitless streak since the start of his career and Texas ended a season-worst five-game losing streak.
Teixeira ended an 0-for-17 stretch when he led off the seventh against Roy Oswalt (6-4) with a bloop double that dropped between center fielder Willy Taveras and second baseman Chris Burke.
ROYALS 7, CARDINALS 5 (10 INNINGS): At St. Louis, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs' sacrifice fly in the 10th drove in the go-ahead run as Kansas City handed cross-state rival St. Louis its ninth loss in 10 games.
Ambiorix Burgos (2-3) struck out pinch-hitters Scott Spiezio and Aaron Miles with the bases loaded in the ninth and got the last three outs. The Royals have won only two of the last 10 against the Cardinals and got swept in Kansas City on May 19-21.
ROCKIES 2, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Josh Fogg pitched a two-hitter for his first major league shutout and Brad Hawpe homered in Colorado's 2-0 victory over Seattle.
The Mariners were shut out for the ninth time this season, the most in the American League this season and tied with San Francisco for the most in the majors. The Rockies recorded their seventh shutout, one behind San Diego's National League-leading total.
DODGERS 6, ANGELS 1: At Anaheim, Brad Penny pitched seven strong innings, rookie Andre Ethier went 3-for-4 with a home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the interleague Freeway Series with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Penny (9-2) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out six and walked none for his first victory in four career starts against the Angels.
The Dodgers snapped a 15-game interleague road losing streak with the victory at Angel Stadium, site of their last interleague road win in 2004. They were coming off being swept in three games at Minnesota.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, ATHLETICS 4: At Oakland, Calif., Eric Byrnes scored the go-ahead run against his former club on a wild pitch in the seventh inning and Shawn Green drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. After Byrnes scored, Johnny Estrada singled in a run and Green followed with his second double of the game for Arizona, which ended a three-game losing streak with only its fourth win in its last 24 games. Estrada went 3-for-5 and scored two runs.
PADRES 6, GIANTS 5: At San Diego, Khalil Greene hit a two-run single with one out in the ninth inning and the Padres beat San Francisco 6-5 to hold onto first place in the NL West.
Trailing 5-4, the Padres rallied off Jeremy Accardo (0-2), who blew his first save in four chances. Brian Giles hit a leadoff single to left, advanced on a wild pitch and took third on Adrian Gonzalez's one-out bloop single to right. Gonzalez took second on the throw and was replaced by pinch-runner Eric Young.