Seattle heads to break with another win


The Seattle Mariners finished the season’s first half by winning yet another game and by putting yet another player on the AL roster for the All-Star game. Just as appropriately, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays entered the break with a defeat and also lost their lone All-Star selection. By beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 Sunday behind Aaron Sele’s latest strong start, the Mariners improved to 63-24 — eight games better than any other major league team. While Sele (10-1, 3.54 ERA) was left off the All-Star team, eight other Mariners will be in uniform at Safeco Field in Seattle on Tuesday night, the most selections for one team since the Pittsburgh Pirates had eight in 1960. Outfielder Mike Cameron was chosen Sunday to replace Tampa Bay’s Greg Vaughn, who withdrew because of a strained right hamstring. Cameron, 2-for-5 against the Dodgers on Sunday, will be playing in his first All-Star game. In Los Angeles, Sele allowed two runs on five hits. He also scored a run after getting an infield hit and squeezed home a run. Seattle, which outscored the Dodgers 23-4 in the three-game series, went ahead for good Sunday by scoring twice in the second off Jeff Williams (2-1) on doubles by Ed Sprague and David Bell, and Sele’s suicide squeeze bunt. Marlins 6, Devil Rays 1 Ryan Dempster (10-8) tied a Marlins record for wins before the All-Star break, allowing four hits in eight innings to snap visiting Florida’s four-game losing streak. Florida scored four runs in the second off Joe Kennedy (3-2). Braves 8, Red Sox 0 Tom Glavine tossed seven shutout innings to win for the first time since June 3, and Brian Jordan was 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs at Fenway Park. Jordan led off the fifth inning with his 11th homer, off Tomo Ohka (2-4), to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones also homered. Blue Jays 9, Expos 3 Carlos Delgado hit his 24th homer, Raul Mondesi drove in three runs and rookie Cesar Izturis had three hits to back Chris Michalak (6-6) for host Toronto. Tigers 9, Cubs 6 Juan Encarnacion drove in three runs as Detroit overcame Sammy Sosa’s two two-run homers at Comerica Park. Cardinals 4, Indians 3 Edgar Renteria hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning off John Rocker (2-2) as St. Louis won for the first time in five tries at Jacobs Field. Phillies 5, Orioles 4 Travis Lee’s second winning homer in three games, a three-run shot off Buddy Groom (1-3) with two outs in the ninth inning, carried Philadelphia at Baltimore. Twins 7, Reds 1 Brad Radke threw his fifth complete game of the season, and Matt Lawton had four hits as Minnesota completed a three game sweep at home. Astros 14, Royals 5 After a 36-minute first inning that included two ejections, three hit batters and an injury, visiting Houston won at Kansas City with a season-high run total. White Sox 9, Pirates 2 Jose Canseco hit two homers, and Sean Lowe (4-1) scattered six hits in a career-high eight innings at Comiskey Park. Angels 11, Rockies 3 Garret Anderson hit his fifth career grand slam, and Darin Erstad and Scott Spiezio each homered twice as Anaheim swept a three-game series at Colorado. Athletics 2, Diamondbacks 1 Barry Zito (6-6) became the third straight Oakland starter to stifle Arizona as the A’s completed a three-game road sweep. Padres 11, Rangers 2 Woody Williams (6 6) won for the first time in nine starts, and Phil Nevin had a homer and four RBIs for host San Diego.

Yankees 4, Mets 1 Alfonso Soriano tripled in a run and scored in a three-run seventh inning as the Yankees rallied past the Mets at Yankee Stadium. For the second straight game, the Yankees were hitless for the first five innings, this time against replacement starter Glendon Rusch. Brewers 6, Giants 4, 13 innings Alex Sanchez got his first career RBIs with a two-out, two-run double in the 13th inning Sunday to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game that lasted four hours, 37 minutes. (See also page 8) The Brewers struck out 19 times and escaped three bases-loaded jams in the first three extra innings before Angel Echevarria singled and Loretta doubled against Brian Boehringer (0-1).