The way the bullpen pitched after him, Jaret Wright might keep making early exits.
He combined with four relievers on a three-hitter to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Phillies last night in Philadelphia.
Wright (4-4) gave up three hits, struck out a season-high six in five innings and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Johnny Damon went 3 for 3 with an RBI for New York.
``They've been super," Wright said of the bullpen, which tossed four hitless innings. ``Guys coming in like that and giving us the chance to score more runs and keeping the game right where it was, I thought it was big."
Wright, who walked four, hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his 11 starts this season. Ron Villone, Scott Proctor, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mariano Rivera each threw one inning.
``He pitched his tail off," Yankees manager Joe Torre said about Wright. ``He could have gotten a little tired in the fifth inning. He made pitches when he had to. He'll get there. He's still working on stuff. Hopefully it gets a little more comfortable for him."
Padres 3, Rangers 2 -- Pinch runner Ben Johnson raced home from third with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as San Diego took advantage of an error by Texas third baseman Hank Blalock in a victory over the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Orioles 4, Marlins 0 -- Erik Bedard (7-6) ended another lengthy winning streak, this time with a pitching performance that was nearly perfect for seven innings.
Bedard took a one-hitter into the eighth, and host Baltimore Orioles snapped Florida's nine-game winning streak.
Cubs 9, Indians 2 -- Carlos Zambrano (6-3) won again following a Chicago loss and the Cubs rolled to a rain-shortened win.
Booming thunderstorms halted play in the top of the eighth, and the umpiring crew waited 1 hour 18 minutes before calling the interleague game.
Astros 5, Twins 3 -- Adam Everett had two doubles and two RBIs and Lance Berkman homered to lead host Houston over Minnesota, snapping the Twins' eight-game winning streak.
Preston Wilson singled off reliever Kyle Lohse (2-5) to start the Astros' two-out rally in the eighth that led to their 10th win in 14 games. Eric Munson walked before Jason Lane muscled a soft liner into right to score Wilson.
Mariners 8, Dodgers 5 -- Adrian Beltre burned his former team for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead runs, and Seattle won in Los Angeles.
The loss was the fifth in a row and seventh in eight games for the Dodgers.
Athletics 3, Rockies 2 -- Nick Swisher hit two home runs, including a solo shot that tied it in the ninth inning, and scored the winning run in the 11th on a single by Bobby Kielty as Oakland beat host Colorado.
Swisher was walked by Ray King (1-3) to lead off the 11th and was sacrificed to second by Mark Kotsay. After Eric Chavez walked, Keilty singled to left and Swisher slid under the tag of Yorvit Torrealba on outfielder Matt Holliday's throw home.
Royals 6, Pirates 4 -- Mark Teahen's tiebreaking two-run home run off Salomon Torres in the eighth inning lifted host Kansas City over Pittsburgh.
Teahen, whose error at third base earlier in the game led to an unearned run, hit the first pitch from Torres (2-4) over the fence in right for his fourth home run. Emil Brown started the inning with a single.
Blue Jays 6, Braves 3 -- Lyle Overbay had two RBIs in Toronto's four-run third inning and the visiting Blue Jays beat Atlanta to hand the Braves their longest losing streak in 18 years.
The Braves have lost 19 of 22 games, including a 2-17 mark in June. They trail New York by 14 1/2 games in the NL East, their largest deficit since 1990 when the Braves finished last, 26 games back.
White Sox 13, Cardinals 5 -- Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, Joe Crede, and Juan Uribe homered and host Chicago put on another double-digit offensive display, beating St. Louis.
Brewers 4, Tigers 3 -- Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning to lift host Milwaukee over Detroit, snapping the Tigers' six-game winning streak.
Devil Rays 3, Diamondbacks 2 -- Rookie James Shields allowed four hits in seven innings and Rocco Baldelli had a run-scoring double to help host Tampa Bay beat slumping Arizona.
Angels 6, Giants 3 -- Maicer Izturis hit a tiebreaking, three-run double off the wall in left in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep by host San Francisco.