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Mobile's Peavy strikes out 16
Diamondbacks rally to
spoil pitcher's gem

The Associated Press

Mobile native Jake Peavy was nearly unhittable Wednesday night. And for three innings, he was untouchable.

San Diego's ace fell one strike short of Tom Seaver's major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts and fanned 16 batters in seven innings before Stephen Drew hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.

Peavy struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings and had thrown 117 pitches when he was relieved by Scott Linebrink to open the eighth with San Diego leading 2-0. The strikeout record for a nine-inning game is 20, shared by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood.

Marlins 4, Braves 3: Miguel Olivo scored on a passed ball to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning against Atlanta's Tim Hudson and Bob Wickman.

Hudson had a career-high 12 strikeouts and took a six-hit shutout into the ninth but gave up three singles to load the bases starting the inning. Wickman (1-1) came on and allowed a double by Olivo and a single by Alfred Amezaga to tie the game.

On a 1-1 pitch to Dan Uggla, catcher Brian McCann let a low pitch from Wickman get past, and Olivo scored without a play.

The unearned run was the first run off Wickman this season, and the blown save was his first in seven chances.

Pirates 4, Astros 3, 16 innings: Former Brave Adam LaRoche, his average down to .092, grounded a winning single into left field in the 16th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.

Phillies 9, Nationals 3: Jon Lieber limited the Nationals to two runs in six innings, Chase Utley was 5-for-5 with three RBIs, and Philadelphia won its fifth straight.

Jimmy Rollins hit his NL-leading eighth homer and Ryan Howard added a two-run shot for the Phillies.

Lieber (1-0) gave up five hits, striking out five in his second start since moving into the rotation after ace Brett Myers was sent to the bullpen to bolster a struggling relief corps.

Cardinals 5, Reds 2: Albert Pujols hit a two-run, tie-breaking double to spark a four-run eighth inning and St. Louis won for the second time in nine home games.

Rockies 11, Mets 5: Willy Taveras got five of Colorado's season-high 20 hits and the Rockies snapped out of an offensive drought.

Todd Helton had four hits and three RBIs, and John Mabry added a three-run homer. The Rockies, who managed just one run in each of the first two games of the series, opened a 9-0 lead by the fifth.

Cubs 9, Brewers 3: Derrek Lee and Cliff Floyd each got four hits and Chicago stopped a three-game losing streak, improving to 4-9 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago took a 5-0 lead in fourth off Elmer Dessens (1-1), and all the runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop J.J. Hardy, who couldn't come up with Jacque Jones' grounder.

American League

Red Sox 6, Orioles 1: Curt Schilling pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and the Boston Red Sox exploited Baltimore's revamped bullpen.

Schilling (3-1) gave up one run, struck out three and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander gave up a home run to Miguel Tejada but allowed only one other batter beyond second base.

Royals 4, Twins 3: David DeJesus and Mike Sweeney combined to send Minnesota to its first four-game losing streak since last June.

DeJesus had three hits, including a home run, and Mike Sweeney also homered for Kansas City.

Odalis Perez (2-2) beat the Twins for the second time in six days, allowing three runs and five hits in six-plus innings.

Tigers 6, White Sox 2: Detroit's Chad Durbin struck out a career-high nine in eight innings and Magglio Ordonez had three hits and three RBIs against his former team.

Durbin (1-1), the journeyman right-hander who took Kenny Rogers' spot in the rotation when the veteran left-hander went on the disabled list with a blood clot, gave up just three hits in his 60th career start.

Joel Zumaya couldn't complete the shutout, walking four and allowing two runs in 2-3 of an inning. Todd Jones of Pell City finished off the four-hitter by getting Brian Anderson to groundout with the bases loaded. It was Jones' eighth save in 10 chances.

Indians 8, Rangers 7, 11 innings: Jhonny Peralta singled home the winning run with one out and Cleveland beat Texas, which struck out a team-record 19 times.

Indians starter C.C. Sabathia fanned eight over six innings, leaving with a 6-5 lead.

Mariners 2, Athletics 0: Seattle's Jarrod Washburn pitched a three-hitter for his third career shutout, outdueling Joe Blanton.

Washburn (1-2) struck out two and walked two in his first complete game since blanking
Texas for the Angels on June 22, 2005.

Blanton (2-1) pitched a six-hitter for Oakland but gave up homers to Jose Guillen and Kenji Johjima.

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