Braves open the second half with a splash

Friday, July 12, 2002

MONTREAL -- Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield hit three-run homers Thursday, and the Atlanta Braves began the second half of the season with an 8-5 victory over the Montreal Expos.

Mets 9, Phillies 1

NEW YORK -- Roberto Alomar doubled to key an eight-run burst in the eighth inning and capped it with an RBI single for theMets.

Astros 4, Reds 3

HOUSTON -- Geoff Blum hit a three-run homer, and Roy Oswalt pitched seven-plus innings to lead Houston.

Pirates 3, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- Brian Giles hit a home run in the 10th and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee. Giles hit his 23rd homer with one out off Mike DeJean (0-4).

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Yankees 7, Indians 4

CLEVELAND -- Andy Pettitte pitched seven innings as the Yankees returned from the break with a win over the Indians, who replaced manager Charlie Manuel earlier in the day with Joel Skinner on an interim basis.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO -- Manny Ramirez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list June 25.

Mariners 4, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joel Pineiro (10-3) allowed six hits in eight innings, winning his sixth straight decision. Shigetoshi Hasegawa finished with a hitless ninth.

Angels 1, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jarrod Washburn (10-2) won his 10th consecutive decision, the longest streak in the major leagues this year.

Athletics 4, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE -- Mark Mulder (10-5) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, and Eric Chavez had three hits.

Twins 4, Rangers 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Koskie drove in two runs with a pair of doubles, and Eric Milton (11-6) struck out a season-high 10.

-- From wire reports

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