Originally created 06/13/06

Chicago's Contreras wins again



ARLINGTON, Texas - Jose Contreras won his 15th consecutive decision, striking out a career-high 11 and pitching the Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Contreras (7-0), who hasn't lost in the regular season since Aug. 15, didn't walk a batter and threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes over eight innings. He allowed three runs and six hits. The right-hander's previous career high of 10 strikeouts came with the New York Yankees against the Mets on June 27, 2004.

The AL West-leading Rangers got all their runs in a four-batter span in the fifth.

Texas had only an infield single before its scoring spurt, and Contreras retired 10 of his last 12 batters after that.

Contreras' winning streak is the longest in the majors since Minnesota lefty Johan Santana won 17 consecutive decisions from July 2004 to April 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Contreras won his final eight starts last season and has made 11 starts this year.

In Toronto, Ramon Hernandez homered as Kris Benson beat Toronto for the third time this season.

Alex Rios homered twice for the Blue Jays, who dropped their third in a row - matching their longest skid of the season.

Brian Roberts hit a two-run triple and Nick Markakis added a two-run single off rookie starter Casey Janssen. Hernandez's solo shot against Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh gave the Orioles a 6-3 lead.

Benson (7-5) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, winning for the first time in five starts and improving to 3-1 in four outings against the Blue Jays this season. He struck out six and walked three.

Janssen (5-4) lost for the first time since May 12. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 3Q innings, the shortest start of his career.

In Cincinnati, Prince Fielder homered in the eighth inning and Rickie Weeks later added a tie-breaking single, rallying Milwaukee past Cincinnati.

The Brewers took advantage of Cincinnati's short-handed bullpen and sent the Reds to their fourth loss in a row.

Fielder's solo homer off Kent Mercker (0-1) tied it at 5-5. Two outs later, Weeks had a run-scoring single off closer Todd Coffey.

ROCKIES 4, NATIONALS 3

In Washington, Jeff Francis pitched effectively into the seventh inning and J.D. Closser drove in the go-ahead run with a broken-bat single to help Colorado beat Washington.

Former Nationals infielder Jamey Carroll, making his return to RFK Stadium, had three hits and an RBI for the Rockies, and Clint Barmes added a run-scoring triple as the Rockies handed Nationals starter Ramon Ortiz his first loss in a month.

Francis (5-5) gave up two runs and four hits in 6w innings.