CLEVELAND – Ben Broussard homered to begin a six-run inning against Mike Mussina and ended the rally with an RBI single, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Dominated by Mussina (10-7) for four innings, the Indians scored six times in the fifth off the right-hander, who came in 4-0 in his previous six starts against Cleveland but lost to the Indians for the first time since April 3, 2000.

Cleveland, which has won five of six, improved to 35-1 when scoring six runs or more.

Cliff Lee (12-4) gutted his way through some early problems to win for the sixth time in seven decisions since June 12. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Bob Howry and Scott Sauerbeck got the Indians to the ninth before Bob Wickman got three quick outs for his AL-leading 29th save in his 700th career appearance.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. New York dropped 41/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East, and the Yankees are just a half-game ahead of the Indians in the multiteam wild-card scramble.

It was the second straight win over New York for the Indians, whose $42 million payroll is roughly one-fifth of what Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has invested in his star-studded squad.

Twins 4, Athletics 3

MINNEAPOLIS – Lew Ford’s double scored Justin Morneau in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Minnesota past Oakland 4-3, ending the Twins’ six-game losing streak and the Athletics’ six-game winning streak.

Justin Duchscherer (4-2) walked Morneau with two outs. Ford hit a line drive off the wall in right field that barely eluded Nick Swisher’s glove. Swisher gathered himself after crashing into the padding and threw to cutoff man Mark Ellis, who fired home. But catcher Jason Kendall’s tag missed Morneau, who smartly slid wide of the plate and touched it with his left hand.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3

CHICAGO – Gregg Zaun hit a three-run double in the first inning, David Bush won for the second time in three starts since being recalled from the minors and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Chicago White Sox 4-3.

The White Sox (69-37) had two runners on in the seventh and eighth but did not capitalize.

The win puts the Blue Jays (55-51) four games over .500 for the first time since May 31 and gives them a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the team with the best record in the major leagues.

Devil Rays 8, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jorge Cantu drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won their season-high sixth in a row by beating the Texas Rangers 8-5.

The Devil Rays are 14-5 since the All-Star break and own their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in June 2004.

National League

Pirates 9, Padres 8

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh rookie Brad Eldred’s third consecutive double drove in the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Pirates overcame three San Diego homers to beat the first-place Padres 9-8.

With Rob Mackowiak on first base after walking, Eldred hit a two-out line drive into the right-center gap. Center fielder Dave Roberts, who entered in the top of the inning, slid to his knees to try to cut the ball off, but it skidded past him to score Mackowiak.

Phillies 4, Cubs 3

PHILADELPHIA – Jimmy Rollins scored the winning run on a bases-loaded passed ball in the ninth inning, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Rollins doubled off Mike Remlinger (0-3) to open the ninth, and moved to third on a grounder. Then the lefty reliever intentionally walked the left-handed hitting Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu to load the bases before he was pulled for Michael Wuertz.

Reds 8, Braves 5

CINCINNATI – Adam Dunn drove in five runs with a three-run homer and a two-run double, leading the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Dunn homered off Braves starter Horacio Ramirez (9-7) in the fourth to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. He then doubled against Ramirez with the bases loaded in the sixth, driving in two more runs.

It was the sixth time Dunn, named NL player of the month for July earlier in the day, has driven in five runs in a game, the third time this season. He had an NL-leading 11 homers and major league-best 31 RBIs last month.

Nationals 3, Dodgers 1

WASHINGTON – Preston Wilson and Nick Johnson homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1, just their fifth win in 19 games since the All-Star break.

Tony Armas Jr. (6-5) allowed one run, four hits and struck out four over five innings before leaving the game with tightness in his shoulder. He was diagnosed with tendinitis in his shoulder and is expected to make his next start.

Chad Cordero worked a scoreless ninth to earn his major league-leading 36th save.

Brewers 6, Mets 4

NEW YORK – Lyle Overbay singled home two runs in the ninth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied after Pedro Martinez left to beat the New York Mets 6-4.

Carlos Lee and Bill Hall homered for the Brewers, who couldn’t hold a four-run lead in Tuesday’s 11-inning loss but rallied against the Mets’ bullpen Wednesday.

Cardinals 9, Marlins 6

ST. LOUIS – Pinch-hitter So Taguchi hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Florida Marlins 9-6.

David Eckstein had three hits and two RBIs, and Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have won four of five.

Damion Easley homered for Florida.

, and Paul LoDuca and Jeff Conine each had two hits and an RBI.


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