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* Sidney Ponson dropped his Orioles-record ninth consecutive start and is the first Baltimore pitcher to have 12 losses before the All-Star break.

* Richard Hidalgo tied a Mets record by homering in his fourth straight game, accomplished eight times before. He also connected in four consecutive games Sept. 19-22, 2000, with Houston.

* Padres first baseman Phil Nevin left in the fourth after he injured his right knee running out a single. The team said Nevin has a possible cartilage tear.

* After not homering the entire season, Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg homered in his third straight game.

* Hank Blalock's pinch-hit grand slam was the fourth in Rangers history.

* Oriole Miguel Tejada's hitting streak reached 19 games.

* Craig Biggio's double tied the longtime Astro with Tony Gwynn for 19th on the career list with 543.

* The Cardinals finished 11-1 in interleague play, the best in the majors in the eight years that the AL and NL have been playing, edging a 16-2 mark by the A's in 2002.

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