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Konerko, White Sox foil Cubs

Paul Konerko broke up a no-hit bid in the sixth, then delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth yesterday as the White Sox rallied to beat the Cubs, 5-3, at Wrigley Field.

After Carlos Zambrano shut out the White Sox on one hit in seven innings -- Konerko's soft single with two outs in the sixth -- the team from Chicago's South Side showed again why it has been the best squad in baseball.

With Michael Wuertz (2-2) relieving Zambrano in the eighth, Scott Podsednik reached on a one-out infield single and stole second, then moved to third on another infield hit by Aaron Rowand to deep short.

After his line drive to left on a 3-and-2 pitch went foul, Konerko sent a sinking two-out liner to left-center that hit the glove of diving Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson and fell out.

Rangers 18, Astros 3 -- Mark Teixeira hit a three-run shot to highlight a club-record four-homer second inning, and David Dellucci had two of Texas's team-high eight home runs in a rout of visiting Houston.

Rod Barajas, Hank Blalock, and Laynce Nix connected in the second, and Richard Hidalgo and Kevin Mench also homered to help the Rangers top their previous best of seven, accomplished in 1986 and 2003.

Astros rookie Ezequiel Astacio (0-3) allowed nine runs and nine hits over 1 2/3 innings in his fourth major league start.

The major league record for home runs in an inning is five, accomplished by four teams, the last time by the Twins June 9, 1966.

Orioles 7, Phillies 0 -- Erik Bedard (5-1) pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to win his fifth consecutive decision and host Baltimore averted its first three-game losing streak of the season by beating Philadelphia.

Mariners 5, Padres 3 -- Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson homered on consecutive pitches, helping host Seattle snap San Diego's eight-game winning streak.

Blue Jays 7, Nationals 0 -- Roy Halladay (7-2) pitched seven scoreless innings and Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer to lead host Toronto over Washington.

Giants 3, Athletics 2 -- Ray Durham singled, doubled, and hit a sacrifice fly in extending his club-best hitting streak to 12 games and Jeff Fassero (1-1) pitched six strong innings to lead host San Francisco past Oakland.

Angels 3, Dodgers 1 -- Chone Figgins drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double, and the Angels won at Dodger Stadium for their fifth win in six games.

Indians 5, Reds 3 -- C.C. Sabathia (3-3) pitched six innings and put a spark in visiting Cleveland's listless offense, hitting his first career home run in a win over Cincinnati.

Brewers 6, Twins 0 -- In Minneapolis, Doug Davis (5-5) threw a seven-hitter for his first shutout in five years and Carlos Lee drove in four runs to lead Milwaukee.

Cardinals 6, Royals 5 -- Larry Walker hit a three-run homer and also circled the bases on an RBI double and a fielding error, rallying visiting St. Louis past Kansas City.

Marlins 4, Devil Rays 3 -- Pinch hitter Joe Dillon hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the eighth, and Florida overcame a three-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay.

Tigers 3, Diamondbacks 2 -- Marcus Thames's hit with the bases-loaded over a drawn-in outfield completed a two-run rally in the 11th and lifted host Detroit over Arizona.

Pirates 8, Rockies 3 -- Humberto Cota drove in four runs to support Oliver Perez (2-4) and host Pittsburgh roughed up Colorado starter Jason Jennings for eight runs.

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