ATLANTA – Darin Erstad barreled over catcher Johnny Estrada to score on Garret Anderson’s go-ahead double, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Monday night in the first meeting between the teams.

John Smoltz retired his first 14 batters and carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but the Angels put runners at the corners with one out.

Anderson’s drive to right drove in Chone Figgins from third and Erstad, who scored from first base by knocking the ball from Estrada’s grasp in a violent collision that knocked Estrada out of the game.

Estrada caught second baseman Marcus Giles’ relay throw at the plate, but Erstad, a punter at Nebraska, delivered a shoulder-first blow, knocking the ball loose while also knocking off Estrada’s helmet. While a groggy Estrada reached for the ball, Erstad reached back to tag the plate for a 3-2 Angels lead.

Estrada clutched his head before receiving attention from Braves trainer Jeff Porter. He and assistant trainer Jim Lovell helped Estrada off the field. There was no immediate report on his injury.

D-backs 10, Phillies 8

PHILADELPHIA – Shawn Green put an emphatic end to Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak, driving in four runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 10-8 victory over the Phillies on Monday.

Philadelphia was playing its best baseball of the season, getting quality starts, clutch hitting and even a few timely breaks during its longest winning streak of the season.

It all disappeared under the blazing sun in the finale of the four-game series as the Phillies played more like the team that was six games under .500 nearly four weeks ago.

Orioles 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH – Rafael Palmeiro’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth helped the Baltimore Orioles come back after they wasted a three-run lead, and Miguel Tejada and B.J. Surhoff homered in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Tejada hit a two-run shot in the first off Josh Fogg as the Orioles got off to a fast start in their first game in Pittsburgh in 26 years.

Blue Jays 4, Cubs 1

CHICAGO – Gustavo Chacin pitched seven shutout innings, Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays won in their first trip to Wrigley Field by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.

Chacin (6-4) won a matchup of rookie left-handers, outpitching John Koronka. Chacin allowed five hits, struck out six and was backed by two double plays.

The Blue Jays, struggling after losing series in Seattle and Oakland, had dropped seven of 10. But they succeeded in cooling off the Cubs, who had won nine of 10 and went 6-1 on their West Coast swing to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Brewers 4, Yankees 3

MILWAUKEE – Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees were no better in Milwaukee.

Geoff Jenkins ran down Derek Jeter’s drive in the right-field corner for the final out, preserving the Brewers’ 4-3 victory Monday night and ruining New York’s first trip to Milwaukee since 1997.

Jeff Cirillo homered and drove in two runs, and Derrick Turnbow escaped a ninth-inning jam to send the slumping Yankees to their eighth loss in nine games.

With pressure mounting from impatient owner George Steinbrenner, the Yankees fell to 1-6 on their 12-game road trip and dipped below .500 at 28-29.

New York put the potential tying run on second base with none out in the ninth, but Turnbow struck out rookie Robinson Cano and got pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra on a groundout.

Jeter then sliced a drive to right that appeared headed for the corner – probably an extra-base hit that would tie the game. But Jenkins, running at full speed, reached out and made a terrific grab, leaving Jeter grimacing as he rounded first base.

Junior Spivey broke a 3-all tie with his fifth homer leading off the sixth, sending Johnson’s first pitch over the left-field wall. It was the first hit Johnson allowed since Cirillo’s solo shot in the third.

Johnson (5-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out eight.

Cirillo doubled home Brady Clark in the first and scored on Carlos Lee’s single for a 2-0 lead. Cirillo’s homer in the third made it 3-0, but the Brewers stranded two runners, just as they did in the second inning.

Those missed opportunities proved costly an inning later when the Yankees tied it at 3.

Jason Giambi started the comeback with a run-scoring single. Then, with the bases full and one out, first baseman Wes Helms made a diving stop of Cano’s high-hopper, but instead of flipping to pitcher Doug Davis covering the bag for the second out with the pitcher on deck, he made a sidearm throw home that was off-target, allowing Jorge Posada to score the Yankees’ second run.

Giambi tied it at 3 when he scored from third on Davis’ wild pitch with Johnson up at bat.

Davis recovered to strike out Johnson and Jeter with runners at second and third and had to rescue himself again an inning later when he walked the bases full with nobody out before striking out Posada and inducing Giambi to hit into a double play.

Davis (8-5), who allowed three runs and four hits with five walks and eight strikeouts, finished his up-and-down outing with a 1-2-3 sixth before giving way to Matt Wise, who pitched a perfect seventh and eighth. Turnbow earned his ninth save in 11 opportunities.

Lee doubled in the seventh, his eighth hit in his last eight at-bats, tying a club record. Coming off his first career five-hit game at Los Angeles on Sunday, Lee went 2-for-2 with two walks.

Johnson’s 204 games with 10 or more strikeouts are second to Nolan Ryan, but he hasn’t reached double figures in any of his 12 starts for the Yankees.

Notes: Jeter opened the game with a single for the sixth straight time, a career best. … With Miller expected to miss the three-game series, the Brewers designated RHP Gary Glover for assignment and purchased C Julio Mosquera’s contract from Triple-A Nashville. Glover was 3-4 with a 6.70 ERA in 12 games, including nine starts. He went to the bullpen after ace Ben Sheets returned from the disabled list late last month. … Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made his first appearance at Miller Park this season, joining Mark Attanasio, who bought the team from the Selig family last winter.

AP-ES-06-06-05 2327EDT


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