NEW YORK – Jose Contreras pitched shutout ball against his former team, and the Chicago White Sox got home runs from Paul Konerko and Tadahito Iguchi in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees.

The game was delayed for four minutes in the eighth inning when a male fan fell out of the upper deck onto the netting behind home plate.

Obviously scared and shaken, he sat with his head in his hands for a few moments before climbing on the net back up to the loge level as players watched and the crowd roared. He was hoisted over the railing and led away by security.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 4

TORONTO – Dustin McGowan pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win, and Aaron Hill and Alex Rios homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Hill, a rookie, hit a two-run shot off Sean Douglass (4-2) in the fifth, and Rios, in his second year, chased Douglass with a three-run drive in the sixth. Rios went 5-for-5 with a homer in Monday’s loss to Detroit.

McGowan (1-0) underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in May 2004 and started pitching in the minors again this June.

Orioles 5, Devil Rays 2

BALTIMORE – Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings to earn his first victory since May 21, and the Baltimore Orioles used a three-run seventh to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Tuesday night.

Eric Byrnes homered for the Orioles, who improved to 3-2 under interim manager Sam Perlozzo. With the score 2-all, Chris Gomez led off the seventh with a single off Scott Kazmir (6-8). After a sacrifice bunt, Chad Orvella came in and walked Byrnes before Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez all hit RBI singles.

That made a winner out of Bedard (6-4), who was 0-3 in four starts since ending a two-month stint on the disabled list July 18. The left-hander gave up two runs, five hits and four walks.

Marlins 5, D-backs 0

MIAMI – A.J. Burnett threw a three-hit shutout to win his career-high fifth straight start, and even added an RBI single to help the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Burnett (10-6) threw his second shutout of the year for the Marlins, who have 12 as a team – the most in the major leagues, one more than Atlanta. Burnett also became the seventh pitcher this season with multiple blankings.

Over this five-game run, Burnett has allowed 28 hits and just six earned runs – an ERA of 1.46.

Braves 7, Giants 1

ATLANTA – Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to back a strong outing by Horacio Ramirez, leading the Atlanta Braves past the San Francisco Giants 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Braves rookie Jeff Francoeur had four more hits – a career best and his 12th multihit game since being called up from the minors July 7, raising his average to .432.

Ramirez (10-7) improved to 7-1 at Turner Field, allowing just six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He also had an RBI single.

Reds 8, Cubs 3

CHICAGO – Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, then singled home another run in a four-run ninth as the Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago 8-3 Tuesday, the seventh straight loss for the Cubs.

LaRue’s drive over the left-field bleachers came off Will Ohman (2-2), who had just entered the game. It was the catcher’s 10th of the season.

He added the RBI single in the ninth off Ryan Dempster after a two-run double by Jacob Cruz. Adam Dunn singled home the fourth run of the inning.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE – Anthony Reyes threw 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut and Mark Grudzielanek had another big night, sending the St. Louis Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Tuesday night.

With just one off day scheduled this month, the Cardinals purchased the contract of their top pitching prospect and gave him a spot start, pushing their other five starters back an extra day.

Reyes (1-0), a 23-year-old right-hander in only his second full season in professional baseball, was just the sixth starting pitcher for the Cardinals this season.

Indians 13, Royals 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jhonny Peralta’s three-run homer capped an 11-run ninth inning Tuesday night as the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 13-7 victory over the bumbling Kansas City Royals, who have lost 11 straight games.

Angel Berroa, Chip Ambres and Emil Brown all committed errors in the ninth as the Royals blew a five-run lead. Eight of the runs in the inning were unearned.

The Royals are one loss shy of the longest skid in franchise history, set from June 28-July 13, 1997.

Aaron Boone doubled in the go-ahead run in the inning, when Cleveland sent 14 men to the plate.

Casey Blake, Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner also had ninth-inning doubles.

Nationals 6, Astros 5

HOUSTON – Brandon Watson homered and doubled in his major league debut and the slumping Washington Nationals started a pivotal road trip with a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Brad Wilkerson, Brian Schneider and Vinny Castilla also homered for the Nationals, who snapped a 13-game losing streak in one-run games.


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