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TORONTO – Randy Johnson failed to hold a four-run lead and was chased in the fourth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Troy Glaus homered twice and Alex Rios tied a career high with four RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers in the first for New York – helping Johnson (2-2) to a 4-0 lead – but the Big Unit allowed seven runs and nine hits in just 3 1-3 innings.

Johnson lasted just five innings in his last start, raising some concerns about his health.

Glaus went 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored three runs for the Blue Jays, who spent the offseason remaking their roster in the hopes of finally competing with New York.

Indians 15, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE – Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore homered and the Indians finished with 20 hits in the win.

Sizemore had three hits, Martinez went 3-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Casey Blake went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .447.

Jason Johnson (2-0) allowed one run and seven hits in seven-plus innings, struck out two and walked none.

Baltimore’s Brian Roberts tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Bruce Chen (0-2) gave up eight runs and eight hits in four innings.

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White Sox 4, Royals 1

CHICAGO – Jon Garland (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to send Kansas City to its ninth straight loss.

It’s the Royals’ longest skid since their team-record 19-game losing streak late last year. Kansas City is a major league-worst 2-11 – beating the White Sox on April 7 and 8.

Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances, finishing Chicago’s fourth win in a row.

Jeremy Affeldt (0-2) was done in by his defense, allowing three runs – all unearned – and four hits in six innings. Shortstop Angel Berroa made the key error.

Mark Teahen hit his first homer of the season for Kansas City.

Angels 8, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS – Kelvim Escobar struck out 10 in 6 2-3 innings and Chone Figgins had a home run and two RBIs for the Angels.

Escobar (2-1) struck out the side twice and scattered seven hits and Orlando Cabrera added three hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles.

Lew Ford had two hits and scored two runs for the Twins, who have lost six of their last seven home games to the Angels.

Twins starter Carlos Silva (1-2) allowed 12 hits and eight runs in 8 2-3 innings.

National League
Braves 7, Mets 1

NEW YORK – Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Kyle Davies pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-1 Tuesday night.

Adam LaRoche also homered off Victor Zambrano and drove in three runs, helping the Braves bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Pedro Martinez in the series opener.

Davies (1-1), who struck out six and walked one, shut down a Mets lineup that was missing three injured starters: center fielder Carlos Beltran, left fielder Cliff Floyd and rookie second baseman Anderson Hernandez.

Booed all night by the crowd of 30,322, Zambrano (1-1) gave up seven runs – all with two outs – and seven hits in five innings.

Marlins 12, Reds 6

CINCINNATI – Leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez homered in his first two at-bats off Eric Milton (2-1) and drove in four runs.

Florida stopped a three-game losing streak with its biggest offensive splurge of the season. The Marlins hit three homers off Milton – Dan Uggla also had a solo shot – and had seven doubles among their season-high 18 hits.

Josh Johnson (1-1) stopped the Reds’ comeback attempt by pitching three hitless innings for the Marlins (4-9).

Pirates 12, Cardinals 4

PITTSBURGH – Jason Bay hit a three-run homer in the first off Jepp Suppan (0-2) to get Pittsburgh off to an unaccustomed quick start and the Pirates withstood Albert Pujols’ 10th homer in 14 games.

Jeromy Burnitz also homered and drove in three for the Pirates, who shook off an occasionally ragged start by Oliver Perez (1-2) to beat the Cardinals for only the 11th time in 32 games in Pittsburgh.

Nationals 10, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs on a pair of doubles and Ryan Church hit a grand slam.

Tony Armas Jr. (1-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in six effective innings and Daryle Ward homered, helping the Nationals win their third straight game after a 2-9 start.

Pat Burrell hit a two-run shot for the Phillies, who lost for the sixth time in seven games at home this season.

Cory Lidle (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Astros 13, Brewers 12

HOUSTON – For the first time since its first month of play, Houston has a .500 franchise record.

Morgan Ensberg hit two home runs, Adam Everett had four RBIs and the Astros held on for a 13-12 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The win, Houston’s fourth straight, puts the franchise at .500 for the first time since the Colt-.45s, as the team was known, were 6-6 before a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves on April 27, 1962. The franchise record is 3,507-3,507, making Houston the 13th team in the majors with a record of .500 or better.

The Astros roughed up Doug Davis (0-1) for nine runs and eight hits in just 2 2-3 innings.

Ensberg, who has homered in a career-high four straight games, had a solo shot in the first and a two-run drive in the sixth off Chris Demaria. Craig Biggio was 3-for-5.

with a leadoff home run and a three RBIs.

Houston led 11-2 after six innings but Milwaukee hit three two-run homers in the next two innings to cut the lead to 12-10. Carlos Lee hit a pair of two-run homers for the Brewers.

Gabe Gross hit a homer off Roy Oswalt in Milwaukee’s four-run seventh, and then before Lee homered off Ezequiel Astacio and Prince Fielder connected against Trever Miller in the eighth.

Brad Lidge replaced Miller with one out in the eighth, struck out the next two batters, then allowed Lee’s second homer before finishing for his fifth save in five chances.

Everett’s RBI single on a flyball to center field in the eighth pushed Houston’s lead to 13-10.

Roy Oswalt (3-0) won his sixth straight decision, allowing six runs – four earned – and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Astros led 5-2 in the third when Everett drove in two runs with a ground-rule double. Oswalt chased Davis in the second with a 2-RBI single to center field.

Biggio’s home run was his 45th career leadoff home run and gave him sole possession of second place behind Rickey Henderson’s 80.

Notes: Gross’ home run marked the second straight day that he had a pinch hit homer. … Oswalt’s three RBIs this season is one more than he had last year. … Lee has hit safely in 12 of his 14 games this year and leads the team in with seven.

AP-ES-04-18-06 2342EDT

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