N.Y. Mets 6, Cleveland 4: R.A. Dickey won his fifth straight start and the Mets stretched their winning streak to seven games. The surging Mets have won 18 of 23 to go from last place to a half-game behind NL East-leading Atlanta. The Mets are 8-1 against AL teams entering a three-game Subway Series at Yankee Stadium starting tonight.
Chicago White Sox 5, Pittsburgh 4: Mark Buehrle allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings to become the winningest pitcher since interleague play began, and the White Sox ran the Pirates' losing streak to 11 games. Buehrle's 22 victories since interleague play began in 1997 top the 21 each by Mike Mussina and Jamie Moyer.
Atlanta 3, Tampa Bay 1: Jason Heyward homered and Troy Glaus drove in two runs to back seven strong innings by Braves starter Tim Hudson. The Braves took two of three games in an interleague matchup of division leaders. They've won four of five overall and 11 of 12 at home to improve to 21-7 at Turner Field.
Colorado 5, Minnesota 1: Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight sparkling innings for the Rockies. Jimenez allowed one run and eight hits, struck out four and walked two while lowering his ERA to 1.15. At 13-1, the right-hander is off to the best start by a pitcher since Roger Clemens went 14-0 in 1986.
Detroit 8, Washington 3: Jeremy Bonderman threw seven sharp innings, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila hit two-run doubles and the Tigers earned their sixth consecutive win. Washington has lost five of six heading into rookie Stephen Strasburg's next start, today at home.
Chicago Cubs 3, Oakland 2: Kosuke Fukudome hit a game-ending RBI single to give the Cubs their first series win since late May.
Boston 8, Arizona 5: David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Marco Scutaro had three RBIs to lift the Red Sox. John Lackey (8-3) pitched six innings as Boston became the only team with three eight-game winners.
Texas 6, Florida 4: Ian Kinsler drove in three runs, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 15th homer and the Rangers rallied to beat the Marlins to complete a three-game sweep.
Kansas City 5, Houston 2: Scott Podsednik hit a three-run homer and Anthony Lerew pitched six effective innings, lifting the Royals in a game that included a bizarre reversed call by the umpires. The Royals couldn't take advantage of that ruling in the fifth inning, but scored four runs off Brett Myers (4-5) in the seventh to win for the fifth time in seven games.
Cincinnati 7, L.A. Dodgers 1: Bronson Arroyo hit the first of Cincinnati's three homers off rookie John Ely, pitched seven innings and was part of three double plays. The Reds moved a half-game ahead of idle St. Louis in the NL Central.
Around the horn
Atlanta Braves: Third baseman Chipper Jones says he won't be making a decision on retirement until after the season. After indicating for two days he was close to announcing whether to call it a career, Jones told reporters before Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay that he won't be discussing "the r word" anymore until the season is over.
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