BALTIMORE – Rafael Palmeiro hit his 560th career home run to give Baltimore a sixth-inning lead, and the Orioles shook off manager Lee Mazzilli’s first career ejection to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Sunday.

Rookie Hayden Penn (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles, who won two of three from Colorado to wrap up a 5-1 homestand.

Baltimore trailed 2-1 before Eli Marrero led off the sixth with a single off Jeff Francis and Palmeiro lifted a 1-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers. His ninth homer of the season left him three short of tying Reggie Jackson for 10th place on the career list.

Cardinals 8, Devil Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – John Mabry drove in four runs and Albert Pujols had three hits and two RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-5.

Jeff Suppan allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for his first win in 11 career starts against the Devil Rays.

Royals 7, Astros 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Runelvys Hernandez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Emil Brown hit a three-run homer, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Houston Astros 7-1 Sunday.

Hernandez, who missed all of last season after having elbow surgery, won his third consecutive start. In his past four outings, Hernandez has given up 19 hits and five earned runs in 25 inning to lower his ERA from 5.67 on May 29 to 4.62.

Brewers 5, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO – Carlos Lee drove in his NL-leading 60th run, and Chris Capuano and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Brewers went 3-6 on their road trip, but ended it with two wins after calling a players-only meeting Friday night.

Reds 11, Braves 8

CINCINNATI – Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a slump-busting 11-8 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Griffey’s 513th homer moved him into sole possession of 16th place on the career list and snapped Cincinnati’s six-game losing streak.

Nationals 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas – Travis Hughes struck out three of the five batters he faced for his first major league win, Brad Wilkerson drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals avoided a three-game series sweep with an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Tigers 10, Giants 8

DETROIT – Placido Polanco homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and Chris Shelton hit a tying two-run shot in the ninth Sunday, giving the Detroit Tigers a 10-8 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Rondell White also homered for the Tigers, who took two of three from the Giants. Todd Linden and Lance Niekro hit home runs for San Francisco.

Indians 3, D-backs 2

CLEVELAND – Jake Westbrook pitched eight strong innings and the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to nine games Sunday with a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Indians completed their third straight series sweep and improved to 6-0 on a 12-game homestand.

Yankees 6, Cubs 3

NEW YORK – Mike Mussina won his third straight start, Alex Rodriguez got a big hit with the bases loaded and the suddenly surging New York Yankees polished off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 6-3 victory Sunday.

Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano each added an RBI single for the Yankees, who improved to 6-0 on their 13-game homestand following a 3-9 road trip.

Athletics 5, Phillies 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Eric Chavez homered, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.

Blanton won for the third time in four starts and Adam Melhuse drove in two runs as the A’s won their fifth in seven games.

Mariners 11, Mets 5

SEATTLE – Tom Glavine lasted just 2 1-3 innings in his shortest start in two years, and the Seattle Mariners completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with an 11-5 victory.

Richie Sexson hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot in the first off Glavine, and drove in three runs. Adrian Beltre added two hits.

Marlins 7, Angels 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jeff Conine homered and drove in four runs, and the Florida Marlins bounced back from consecutive extra-inning losses to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5.

Padres 5, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS – Damian Jackson hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh inning, and Darrell May outpitched AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana to help the San Diego Padres beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday.

May (1-1), who started in place of Jake Peavy so the Padres ace could face division rival Los Angeles on Monday, gave up just three hits in six innings. Matthew LeCroy’s homer in the fifth was his only mistake.

Santana (7-3) gave up five hits and a season-high four walks in 6 2-3 innings. The major leagues’ strikeout leader had just three, none after the second inning.

Minnesota has lost four of six, and Santana hasn’t won at the Metrodome since April 10. He lost to a National League team for the first time since June 10, 2002, against Atlanta, falling to 11-2 in interleague play.

During the seventh, Santana expressed displeasure with home plate umpire Kevin Kelley’s strike zone. Following Jackson’s double with two outs, he got into a heated argument with Kelley before being restrained by catcher Mike Redmond.

Then manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by Kelley after he came out to remove Santana and shouted in the umpire’s direction.

Santana, who had walked only 13 batters all season, walked Phil Nevin and Brian Giles to start the seventh. After Miguel Ojeda bunted the runners over, Santana pitched around Xavier Nady and loaded the bases. He got Geoff Blum to pop out after three consecutive close pitches were called balls by Kelley.

Jackson then hit a liner just inside the third-base bag.

The Padres won their second straight following a five-game losing streak and won their first series since taking two of three from Milwaukee on May 30-June 1. They are just 5-12 in June after going 22-6 in May.

LeCroy led off the Twins’ fifth with a solo homer, his sixth of the season. Dave Roberts matched that run with a solo shot of his own in the top of the sixth. Roberts’ fourth homer of the season marked a career high.

Notes: The Padres have won all three of May’s starts this year. … Minnesota rookie Glenn Williams has hit safely in all seven games with the team. … Luis Rivas made his first career start at shortstop for the Twins in his fifth full season with the team. He and brought the crowd to its feet in the second inning when he made a diving stop of Ojeda’s grounder and threw the Padres catcher out at first. Rivas had appeared as a defensive replacement at shortstop three times.

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