Originally created 08/14/04

Tribe clubs Twins



CLEVELAND - Ben Broussard homered for the second straight night and the Cleveland Indians pulled within two games of the first-place Minnesota Twins with an 8-2 win Friday night.

The Indians have won five straight and nine of 10, gaining six games on the Twins in nine days. Minnesota has lost seven of nine.

Scott Elarton had his finest start of the season as Cleveland roughed up Minnesota early in the first of 13 games remaining between the two clubs.

DODGERS 8, CUBS 1

In Chicago, Odalis Perez outpitched Greg Maddux before Steve Finley helped streaking Los Angeles pull away at the end to beat Chicago.

Leading 2-1, the Dodgers scored six times in the ninth inning, taking advantage of Chicago's wilting bullpen and the Cubs' wobbly defense. The National League West leaders won for the 28th time in 37 games.

ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 0

In Toronto, Sidney Ponson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading Baltimore past Toronto for its 10th win in 11 games.

Ponson (8-12) is 5-0 in his past six starts after losing nine straight. He allowed five hits, while striking out six and walking one in six-plus innings.

ROCKIES 9, PIRATES 3

In Pittsburgh, Luis Gonzalez, a late addition to Colorado's starting lineup, hit a three-run homer, and Jeff Fassero pitched seven strong innings to lead Pittsburgh to victory.

Vinny Castilla and Todd Helton also homered for the Rockies, have won 13 of their past 17 road games and are just one shy off last year's victory total of 25 away from Coors Field.

METS 10, DIAMONDBACKS 6

In New York, rookie Danny Garcia hit a three-run homer, and Richard Hidalgo and Mike Cameron also connected to lead New York to a victory over Arizona.

It was the eighth straight loss for the Diamondbacks and their 82nd this season, guaranteeing the team that won the World Series in 2001 a sub-.500 season.

PADRES 14, REDS 5

In Cincinnati, Khalil Greene had his first two-homer game, and Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko each connected in a five-run first inning to lead San Diego past Cincinnati.

Greene, a rookie, also set career highs with four hits and four RBI and scored four times as the Padres set a season high for runs.

GIANTS 16, PHILLIES 6

In Philadelphia, J.T. Snow homered three times, scored a career-best five runs and knocked in four, and Barry Bonds hit career homer No. 689, leading San Francisco's rout of Philadelphia.

It was Snow's first career three-homer game. He hit a two-run shot off Brett Myers in the first inning, another in the fifth and a home run in the seventh - both off Amaury Telemaco - giving him nine home runs this season. Snow also walked twice.