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Orioles' bats answer in kind

If a lopsided loss to the Indians Tuesday night didn't raise the Orioles' ire, it certainly awakened their bats.

Kevin Millar hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fifth inning capped by Corey Patterson's two-run homer, and the Orioles overcame a four-run deficit to rout Cleveland, 18-9, last night in Baltimore, a fitting payback for a 15-1 loss the previous game.

Ramon Hernandez had a home run and four RBIs, Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer, and Tejada and Jeff Conine each had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won five of seven.

Jhonny Peralta, Victor Martinez, and Aaron Boone homered for Cleveland, which had beaten Baltimore five straight times. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest in the major leagues this year.

The Orioles had a season-high 21 hits and batted around in the fifth and eighth innings. It was Baltimore's highest-scoring game since a club-record 23 runs against Toronto Sept. 28. 2000, at Camden Yards.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook (2-2) failed to protect a 7-3 lead, allowing nine runs -- eight earned -- and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Miller relieved Westbrook with two outs in the fifth and served up the homer to the light-hitting Patterson, which gave the Orioles a 10-7 lead.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1 -- Alex Rodriguez homered in his third straight game and Mike Mussina made another sharp start for visiting New York.

Mussina (2-1) struck out a season-high seven in 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run and seven hits and lowering his ERA to 2.67. Kyle Farnsworth got the last two outs of the eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Former Yankee Ted Lilly (1-1) gave up two runs, seven hits, and five walks in five innings, the big blow being Rodriguez's solo blast in the fifth. It was Rodriguez's 434th career homer, tying Juan Gonzalez for 35th place all time.

Twins 12, Angels 10 -- Pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer against former teammate J.C. Romero in the bottom of the 10th, lifting Minnesota over Los Angeles.

Romero (1-1) struck out Shannon Stewart to start the inning, but he walked Luis Castillo -- who stole second base without a throw and moved to third on Joe Mauer's ground out. Cuddyer then homered over the wall in right-center field to cap the Twins' comeback from a 9-4 deficit.

Tigers 11, Athletics 4 -- Detroit's Placido Polanco drove in three runs and notched his 1,000th career hit, and Kenny Rogers dominated over 7 1/3 innings to improve to 24-4 in his career at Oakland Coliseum.

Rogers didn't allow a hit after the second until Jason Kendall's RBI double in the eighth. One of the 41-year-old lefthander's few mistakes came in the second on Frank Thomas's 452d career homer.

Mariners 9, Rangers 6 -- Carl Everett's three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the ninth for Seattle, which rallied for four runs against Texas closer Francisco Cordero (1-2).

Cardinals 4, Pirates 0 -- Chris Carpenter (2-1) limited the Pirates to two hits over eight innings in his third consecutive strong start and Jim Edmonds and David Eckstein homered as St. Louis blanked host Pittsburgh.

The righthander has been nearly perfect on the road the last two seasons, going 14-1 in 18 starts, and he was again in beating the Pirates for the sixth time in seven career decisions.

Padres 13, Rockies 4 -- Ben Johnson had a career-high four RBIs and Vinny Castilla had four hits, leading San Diego over Colorado in Denver.

Reds 9, Marlins 8 -- Visiting Florida slugged four homers to back Dontrelle Willis, but Cincinnati tied it with three runs in the eighth and Edwin Encarnacion won it with a run-scoring double in the ninth.

Cubs 5, Dodgers 4 -- Ronny Cedeno drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for Chicago with an eighth-inning single and Ryan Dempster held off host Los Angeles for his club-record 23d consecutive save.

Phillies 7, Nationals 6 -- Ryan Howard's RBI single in the 10th gave Philadelphia just its second home win in eight games.

Diamondbacks 10, Giants 3 -- Jeff DaVanon fell a double short of the cycle and drove in three runs as Arizona defeated San Francisco in Phoenix.

Brewers 7, Astros 2 -- Chris Capuano (2-2) held host Houston to two runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings, and Milwaukee scored six runs in the final three innings.

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