A’s push Angels aside

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jason Kendall charged the mound and wrestled with Angels pitcher John Lackey, spicing up the Oakland Athletics’ 10-3 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The dugouts and bullpens emptied, followed by a lot of pushing and shoving. No one else was ejected because of the sixth-inning scuffle.

Eric Chavez hit a three-run drive for his 200th career home run and Bobby Crosby also hit a three-run homer for Oakland, which scored six runs in the ninth inning to break it open.

Lackey threw a pitch to Kendall that started out high and inside, then sharply broke back toward the plate. Kendall backed out of the batter’s box, then suddenly charged the mound after Lackey barked something at him. The two grabbed each other as they both tumbled to the ground.

The Athletics were leading 3-1 and had the bases loaded with one out when the scuffle occurred. Brendan Donnelly replaced Lackey on the mound and Adam Melhuse finished Kendall’s at-bat, beating the relay from second baseman Adam Kennedy on a potential double-play grounder to drive in Oakland’s fourth run.

Brad Halsey (1-0), making a spot start for Rich Harden, allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to help the A’s win their fifth straight game and finish their road trip 6-1.

Twins 5, Mariners 1

MINNEAPOLIS – Johan Santana was dominant and the Minnesota Twins’ offense produced more than three runs for a change in a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Santana allowed one run and six hits and struck out nine in seven innings to help the Twins snap a four-game losing streak that featured one lopsided loss after another.

Having been outscored 41-3 during that skid, and topping three runs just once in the previous 10 games, the Twins scraped together enough offense to back Santana (2-3) in this one.

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Orioles 9, Blue Jays 2

BALTIMORE – Kris Benson took a shutout into the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles’ struggling bullpen preserved the lead in a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez homered, and Melvin Mora had three hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.

Benson (4-2) allowed two runs, six hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings. It was the right-hander’s second win over Toronto in six days.

Rangers 7, Devil Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mark DeRosa hit a two-run homer, one of Texas’ three in the game, and the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-5.

Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson hit back-to-back homers for Texas, which has won nine of 12. The Rangers swept the two games from Tampa Bay to win a fourth consecutive road series for the first time since 1992.

Robinson Tejeda (1-0) won in his Texas debut, allowing two runs, three hits and six walks in five innings.

Indians 7, White Sox 1

CLEVELAND – C.C. Sabathia made a strong return after injuring himself on opening night and Travis Hafner drove in four runs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox 7-1.

Activated from the disabled list before the game, Sabathia helped stop Chicago’s winning streak at four. The White Sox had won eight in a row at Jacobs Field.

Sabathia (1-0) allowed one run in five innings and got out of a bases-loaded jam in his first appearance since leaving the April 2 opener against Chicago with a strained oblique muscle.

Tigers 4, Royals 1

DETROIT – Brandon Inge and Craig Monroe homered and Mike Maroth pitched six strong innings as the Detroit Tigers won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers are 5-0 on their current homestand, having outscored the Minnesota Twins and Royals by a combined 40-4. The final games of the homestand will be against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kansas City has lost five straight and is 0-11 on the road this season.

Maroth (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and a walk in six innings and lowered his ERA to 1.78. Maroth has allowed more than one run in one of his five starts this season. In Detroit’s last 14 games, its starting pitchers are 10-3 with a 1.87 ERA.

National League

Reds 3, Cardinals 2

CINCINNATI – Javier Valentin’s ninth-inning single over a drawn-in infield sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory and a two-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion added solo homers for the Reds (19-8), who moved a season-high 11 games over .500. The NL Central leaders also lead the league in victories.

Austin Kearns started the winning rally with a leadoff single off Brian Falkenborg (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Memphis before the game.

Padres 5, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds is two away from tying the Babe.

Bonds hit his 712th home run in the San Francisco Giants’ 5-3 loss to San Diego, moving him even closer to matching Babe Ruth’s total for second place on the career list.

Bonds sent a full-count pitch from Scott Linebrink over the center-field wall for a solo shot that traveled an estimated 440 feet in the bottom of the eighth inning. Linebrink became the 419th pitcher to surrender a home run to Bonds.

Pirates 8, Cubs 0

CHICAGO – Zach Duke baffled the Cubs again, allowing five hits and pitching his first major league shutout and complete game in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-0 win over Chicago.

Jeromy Burnitz homered against his former team and Freddy Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs after being moved to the third spot in the batting order as the Pirates earned a split in the two-game series at Wrigley Field.

Duke (2-2) is now 4-0 in his career against the Cubs, including 2-0 this season. He also was 2-0 against Chicago a year ago as a rookie, beating Greg Maddux twice at Wrigley Field. In 32 career innings against the Cubs, he’s given up just two earned runs.

Nationals 6, Mets 2

NEW YORK – Alfonso Soriano hit a long two-run homer and Mike O’Connor stymied the New York Mets for his first major league win, leading the Washington Nationals to a 6-2 victory.

Pinch-hitter Damian Jackson also had a two-run shot and new leadoff batter Marlon Byrd got three hits and scored three times to help Washington win for only the second time in 10 games. The Nationals (9-18) improved to 2-6 against the NL East-leading Mets this season.

Making his second big league start, O’Connor (1-1) allowed only a homer and a single to Paul Lo Duca in seven impressive innings. The 25-year-old left-hander struck out six and walked two.

Phillies 7, Marlins 5

MIAMI – Aaron Rowand hit a bases-loaded triple to cap Philadelphia’s latest comeback, and the Phillies beat Florida 7-5 to give Jon Lieber his first victory of the season.

The last-place Marlins completed an 0-5 homestand, their first winless homestand since Aug. 20-26, 1999, when they also went 0-5. They fell to 2-9 in Miami, and they’ve lost eight of their last nine overall.

The Phillies, who also came from behind Monday to beat Florida, have won three in a row to match their season high.

Braves 5, Rockies 4

ATLANTA – Marcus Giles had four hits, including a run-scoring double with two outs in the eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves their third straight win, 5-4 over the Colorado Rockies.

Giles, hitting .195 entering the game, had three straight singles and scored the Braves’ first run before coming through with the game-winning hit off Jose Mesa.

Mesa took over for Ray King (1-2) after Wilson Betemit’s pinch-hit single with two outs. Mesa’s first pitch skidded to the backstop, allowing Betemit to take second. Giles then sent a liner over the head of left fielder Matt Holliday that bounced off the wall.

Lance Cormier (2-1) earned the win by getting the final two outs in the top half of the eighth. Chris Reitsma worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

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