Originally created 07/01/06

Uribe punishes Cubs



CHICAGO - Juan Uribe homered and had five RBI as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday after the two central combatants in a brawl earlier this season chatted and shook hands.

Cubs catcher Michael Barrett apparently apologized to A.J. Pierzynski in the outfield before the game and the two were seen shaking hands. Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after the White Sox catcher ran him over at the plate on May 20. Barrett returned Friday from the resulting 10-game suspension.

Uribe had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the first, a run-scoring double in the third and a two-run homer off reliever Roberto Novoa in the eighth.

The White Sox jumped on Sean Marshall (4-7) for three first-inning runs but the Cubs got two back in the bottom half against Jon Garland (7-3), who went six innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and two runs.

DEVILS RAYS 11, NATIONALS 1

In Washington, Carl Crawford hit a pair of two-run homers as Tampa Bay beat Washington to finish with the first winning month in franchise history.

Rocco Baldelli, Jorge Cantu and Damon Hollins also homered for Tampa Bay, which set a season high for runs and tied their season best with 17 hits. The Devil Rays finished June with a 14-13 record.

Tim Corcoran (2-0) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings in his third career start with Tampa Bay. He struck out eight and walked three, and allowed only one Nationals runner to reach third. He has allowed two runs in 15q innings this year.

BLUE JAYS 8, PHILLIES 1

In Toronto, Lyle Overbay homered twice and had five RBI in the first two innings as Toronto won its season-high fourth consecutive game.

Overbay hit a three-run homer off former Brave Adam Bernero (0-1) in a four-run first inning, and added a two-run shot off Bernero in a four-run second.

Eric Hinske also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of nine to move to 11 games above .500 (45-34).

TIGERS 7, PIRATES 6

In Pittsburgh, Carlos Guillen's two-run triple highlighted Detroit's four-run third inning as the Tigers overcame Kenny Rogers' shaky start to beat Pittsburgh.

With Jim Leyland managing in PNC Park for the first time against the team that gave him his first big league managerial job in 1986, the Tigers won their seventh in a row and 13th in 14 games to match the same 80-game record of one of the best teams in club history. They are 30 games above .500 at 55-25, the same record as the 1984 World Series championship team that started 35-5.

The loss was the Pirates' 14th in their past 15 games.

MARLINS 5, RED SOX 2

In Miami, Dontrelle Willis yielded two runs in seven innings, Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs, and former Augusta GreenJacket Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla each scored twice to help Florida beat the Red Sox, snapping Boston's 12-game winning streak, which matched the third-longest in franchise history.

Boston played error-free defense for the 17th consecutive game, setting a new major league record, one better than the St. Louis Cardinals' 16-game run in 1992. But the Marlins scored three times in the first and twice more in the second to spoil Jason Johnson's Red Sox debut.

Willis (5-7) allowed seven hits and struck out seven, helping the Marlins become just the second National League team to beat the Red Sox in 16 interleague games this year; Philadelphia beat the Red Sox on May 21.

All 12 of the victories in Boston's streak came against Florida's four other NL East foes.

REDS 9, INDIANS 8

In Cincinnati, Adam Dunn's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman vaulted Cincinnati to a victory over Cleveland, who was victimized again by a threadbare bullpen.

The Reds trailed 7-0 after seven innings, unable to get anything going against starter Paul Byrd. Then, one of the AL's least-dependable bullpens let it get away.

Dunn's homer was the club- record 47th by the Reds in June.