MLB roundup: Braves start series with win
MIAMI ó Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings and Omar Infante hit a two-run triple in the seventh to carry the Atlanta Braves past the Florida Marlins 5-2 in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders.
Marlins ace Josh Johnson did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, when Matt Diaz lined a 2-2 slider to center field with two outs. Atlanta moved within three games of wild-card co-leaders San Francisco and Colorado.
Astros 5, Cubs 3
CHICAGO ó Carlos Lee hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs.
Reds 4, Pirates 3, Game 1
Reds 6, Pirates 3, Game 2
CINCINNATI ó Brandon Phillips hit one homer and had another overturned after a review, and the Reds swept a doubleheader in front of the two smallest crowds in Great American Ball Park’s history.
In the opener, fewer than 2,000 fans saw Darnell McDonald score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
Yankees 5, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE ó Andy Pettitte retired his first 20 batters before a seventh-inning sequence spoiled both his perfect game and no-hit bid.
Jerry Hairston Jr. let a two-out grounder by Adam Jones in the seventh inning slip through his legs for an error. Nick Markakis followed with an opposite-field single inside the third-base line. After Melvin Mora led off the eighth with a home run, Pettitte got three straight outs.
He broke a tie with Lefty Gomez with his 190th victory with New York, a number bested by only Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).
Rays 11, Tigers 7
DETROIT ó Carlos Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer.
Twins 4, White Sox 1
MINNEAPOLIS ó Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel homered in the third for Minnesota, which has won 15 of 17 against Chicago in its domed home.
The Dodgers have acquired Jim Thome from the White Sox and Jon Garland from the Diamondbacks. … Jose Contreras was sent to Colorado for a Triple-A pitcher. … Brad Penny, who cleared waivers after he was released by Boston, agreed to a minor league contract with the Giants. He is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA this season ó including 1-6 in his last 11 starts. … Carlos Beltran was cleared to play without his knee brace. He is slated to be in the lineup Wednesday for Class-A Brooklyn. … Mets pitchers Johan Santana (elbow) and Oliver Perez (knee) are scheduled for surgery today. … Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (numbness in his right arm) might need season-ending surgery. … Yankees pitcher Ian Kennedy will throw batting practice Wednesday for the first time since May surgery to remove an aneurysm from beneath his right biceps.