MIAMI – Dontrelle Willis became the major leagues’ first 10-game winner and Carlos Delgado drove in all of Florida’s runs as the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Willis (10-2) wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up a season-high 10 hits and four earned runs in 6 2-3 innings. Still, he became only the third pitcher in Marlins’ history to log 10 wins before the All-Star break.

Delgado’s three-run homer in the fifth gave Florida a 4-0 lead. He had an RBI double in the third and drew a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth as the Marlins won for only the third time in their last 14 games.

Phillies 2, Rangers 0

PHILADELPHIA – Pat Burrell’s two-run single broke a scoreless tie and four pitchers combined on a five-hitter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have won 11 of 13, moving to a season-best four games over .500 at 32-28.

Rookie Robinson Tejeda pitched five innings in his first big-league start. The right-hander allowed just two hits and two walks, striking out four.

Pirates 6, Orioles 1

PITTSBURGH – Rob Mackowiak drove in four runs to support Kip Wells’ latest strong start and the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt the Baltimore Orioles their first road series loss since August, winning 6-1 Wednesday night.

The Pirates led 3-0 in the first before Bruce Chen (5-4) got an out. The early burst came one night after Daryle Ward and Jack Wilson homered during a four-run eighth inning that helped rally Pittsburgh from a five-run deficit to a 6-5 victory.

Matt Lawton and Tike Redman doubled in succession to make it 1-0, and Chen walked Jason Bay. Mackowiak followed with a two-run triple into the 410-foot pocket in left-center that is the deepest part of PNC Park.

Chen got the next three batters to strand Mackowiak on third and the left-hander followed with five scoreless innings.

Cubs 2, Blue Jays 0

CHICAGO – Sergio Mitre allowed two hits over seven shutout innings and added an RBI double off Roy Halladay to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, avoiding a three-game sweep.

Mitre (1-1) retired the first 13 batters, getting 10 groundball outs and striking out three before Aaron Hill beat out a high chopper to third with one out in the fifth for an infield single.

With one out in the sixth, Reed Johnson delivered Toronto’s first ball out of the infield, a line drive single to center on a 3-2 pitch. He made it to second on an infield out but was stranded when Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez made a nice play on Vernon Wells’ grounder in the hole and threw him out.

Reds 11, Devil Rays 9

CINCINNATI – Wily Mo Pena showed em how to celebrate your own bobblehead night.

Pena homered in his first and last at-bats on Wednesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays while thousands of fans chanted his name and waved his dolls.

Eduardo Perez hit his second career grand slam for another big Tampa Bay lead, but the AL’s worst pitching staff blew a five-run cushion for the second straight night.

The Reds hit six homers, including back-to-back shots by Adam Dunn and Jacob Cruz in the eighth that cut it to 9-8. Then, Danys Baez (4-2) let another one get away.

Nationals 7, Athletics 2

WASHINGTON – Esteban Loaiza labored through a 10-minute first inning in 89-degree heat against the Oakland Athletics, giving up two runs. That put the Washington Nationals right where they like to be – behind on the scoreboard.

Ryan Church, Brian Schneider and Vinny Castilla homered, and Loaiza settled down to earn his first win in more than a month, leading the Nationals past the Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Church had four hits and three RBIs, falling a double short of the cycle.

Astros 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK – Brandon Backe worked around a career-high six walks, and pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro homered to lead the Houston Astros past the New York Mets 4-1.

Craig Biggio and Jason Lane each had an RBI double for the Astros, who improved to 6-23 on the road and handed the Mets only their fourth defeat in 12 games.

New York lost star catcher Mike Piazza to a bruised left wrist in the first inning after he appeared to be hit by a foul ball. X-rays were negative and he was day-to-day.

Piazza’s replacement, Ramon Castro, came through with an RBI double in his first at-bat, but Backe (6-3) limited the damage.

Phillies 2, Rangers 0

PHILADELPHIA – Pat Burrell’s two-run single broke a scoreless tie and four pitchers combined on a five-hitter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have won 11 of 13, moving to a season-best four games over .500 at 32-28.

Rookie Robinson Tejeda pitched five innings in his first big-league start. The right-hander allowed just two hits and two walks, striking out four.

Angels 8, Braves 4

ATLANTA – Dallas McPherson matched his career high with three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 8-4.

The Braves have lost nine of 13 while dropping four straight series.

The Angels won two of three against the Braves, and Brendan Donnelly earned the win in both victories. Donnelly (4-1) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Yankees 12, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE – Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 400-homer club and a change in their routine got the New York Yankees back on the winning track with a 12-3 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Manager Joe Torre went to drastic measures to snap his slumping team out of its latest funk, canceling batting practice, juggling his lineup – sitting Hideki Matsui for the first eight innings, and even getting ejected for arguing.

Mike Mussina (6-4) was the beneficiary of the offensive breakthrough led by Rodriguez, who homered twice, went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs – his first RBIs of the trip.

Rodriguez’s two-run shot off left-hander Chris Capuano in the first inning was his 399th, and his solo shot off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth made the 29-year-old third baseman the 40th player in major league history to reach 400 homers.

The crowd of 37,586 gave him a polite standing ovation as he circled the bases.

Mussina gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, including Carlos Lee’s 15th homer. He walked one and struck out eight.

Derek Jeter and rookie Robinson Cano also homered for the Yankees, who had lost nine of 10.

The Yankees tagged Capuano (5-5) for seven runs, five earned, eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings.

Among the backups inserted into the Yankees lineup was Ruben Sierra, who collected a season-high three hits in his first start in left field this season.

The only damper for Torre was he wasn’t around to relish it in its entirety because he was ejected along with first baseman Tino Martinez for arguing with first base umpire Larry Vanover in the fifth inning.

New York broke it open with a three-run fifth off Capuano but not before Milwaukee third baseman Wes Helms, who lost his starting job last summer with shoddy defense, played a key role in two two-run innings for the Yankees.

In the first, Gary Sheffield lined a two-out fastball right at Helms’ head, but he swiped at the ball and deflected it into left field for a two-base error. Rodriguez then sent a 3-1 offering from Capuano into the left-field bleachers.

After the Brewers tied it up in the bottom half of the first with consecutive RBI doubles from Lee and Lyle Overbay, Helms charged a grounder from Rodriguez but bobbled it near the mound. It was ruled an infield single and Sierra followed with a double.

Martinez, starting at first base because Jason Giambi was a late scratch with back spasms, hit a ground-rule double to give New York a 4-2 lead. Martinez was replaced by Russ Johnson after getting ejected an inning later.

Jeter’s sixth homer, a solo shot, came off Julio Santana in the sixth. Cano’s homer was a two-run shot off Wes Obermueller in the seventh, his fourth of the season and the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

Matsui had a pinch-hit single in the ninth.

Matsui hadn’t missed a start since Sept. 26, 2003, when he wasn’t in the starting lineup for either game of a doubleheader against Baltimore. He appeared in both of those games and has played in all 384 games since joining the Yankees in 2003. Including his career in Japan, he has played in 1,634 consecutive games. That would be third on the all-time list behind Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig.

Notes: Ken Griffey, Jr. was 30 when he hit his 400th homer. … In Tampa, Yankees RHP Felix Rodriguez played catch for the second time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month. He also took part in a limited onfield conditioning program that didn’t include any running. … Yankees RHP Ramiro Mendoza said he could start throwing off a bullpen mound next week. He underwent right shoulder surgery in January. … Brewers ace Ben Sheets wasn’t happy with his location in his 2-1 win over New York on Tuesday, when he tied his career high with five walks. “The amount of balls I threw was just ridiculous,” said Sheets, who walked five for the first time since June 1, 2002.

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