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By The Associated Press


Sunday, July 6

San Diego at Arizona (4:10 p.m. EDT). Randy Johnson (4-7) will try to snap a six-game losing streak, his longest skid since he lost eight straight decisions with Seattle in 1992.



—Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday, Rockies. Atkins had five hits, including a homer, and three RBIs, and Holliday had three hits, including a grand slam and a solo homer, in an 18-17 victory over Florida.

—J.J. Hardy, Brewers, went 4-for-5 with a home run for the second straight day and Milwaukee routed Pittsburgh 9-1. Hardy has 10 homers for the year.

—Andre Ethier, Dodgers, had three hits including his 10th home run of the year, and drove in three runs in Los Angeles' 10-7 win over San Francisco.

—Mike Lowell, Red Sox, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

—Carlos Pena, Rays, hit his first home run in more than a month and drove in a season-high five runs to help Tampa Bay trounce Kansas City 11-2.

—Carlos Zambrano, Cubs, gave up four hits in six scoreless innings of a 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

—Delmon Young, Twins, went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in Minnesota's 12-3 win over Cleveland.

—Cha Seung Baek, Padres, threw six shutout innings for his first win in seven starts this season as San Diego beat Arizona 5-1.

—Shane Victorino, Phillies, had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.


Kevin Youkilis' drive squirted out of the webbing of Johnny Damon's glove and bounced on the top of the left-field wall in the third inning. And bounced. And bounced. The ball came to rest on top of the fence, which was shaking from the impact of the Yankees left fielder crashing into it as he tried to make a leaping catch. Finally, the ball dropped back in and landed near Damon, who was sprawled on the warning track. Youkilis cruised into third base with a two-run triple that tied it at 3.


Colorado homered six times to rally from a nine-run deficit for the biggest comeback in franchise history and an 18-17 victory over Florida on Friday night. In the highest-scoring game at Coors Field since the humidor was introduced in 2002, the Rockies and Marlins combined for 35 runs on 43 hits, 21 of them for extra bases with eight home runs. Ryan Spilborghs and Matt Holliday homered twice, and Garrett Atkins and Chris Iannetta once for Colorado. Hanley Ramirez and Matt Treanor hit one each for Florida.


Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, hitting only .234, was sent to Double-A Mississippi and told he'd be recalled within three weeks. Francoeur has taken hours of extra batting practice but has been unable to match the power he showed in 2006 when he hit 29 homers or the improved discipline at the plate when he hit .292 last season. Braves general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox said the move is not a demotion. "We look at it as stepping back for a few days and decompressing and getting his game going again," Wren said. "It gives him the ability to do that."


Jered Weaver recovered nicely from a history-making loss to the Dodgers last Saturday, allowing two runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Weaver pitched six hitless innings against the Dodgers, allowing an unearned run on his own fielding error and a sacrifice fly in a 1-0 loss. The Dodgers went the entire game without a hit, making them the fifth team in modern major league history to win a game under those circumstances.


San Diego catcher Michael Barrett was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will require surgery for facial fractures. He may be out six weeks. Barrett left Wednesday night's game at Colorado in the third inning after fouling a ball off his face. ... Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon sprained and bruised his left shoulder when he crashed into the left-field fence trying to catch a drive by Kevin Youkilis. The ball popped out of Damon's glove, bounced several times on top of the fence and finally came back into play for a triple. An MRI exam revealed a sprained acromioclavicular joint, and Damon said he would be out at least a few days. ... The Athletics placed reliever Keith Foulke on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.


Johan Santana again had nothing to show for a strong outing. Santana gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings and the Mets lost to the Phillies, 3-2. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-4 in his last six starts despite a 2.48 ERA in that span. Santana has never lost five straight decisions.


Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wasn't exactly overjoyed to see his former star center fielder back in town wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform. Miffed by Jim Edmonds' comments that he was happy to be with the Cubs and tired of talking about his past, La Russa said he'd ignore the four-time All-Star in his first visit as an opposing player. The sellout crowd at Busch Stadium did no such thing, giving Edmonds a prolonged ovation before his first at-bat leading off the second. Edmonds stepped out of the box and doffed his helmet before Braden Looper struck him out on a 2-2 pitch.


"When you're in a game like that you never know what's going to happen. You know you have a chance no matter what. We just kept battling and kept coming." — Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, after singling home the winning run off Kevin Gregg in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete Colorado's 18-17 victory over Florida on Friday night.


July 6

1929 — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs.