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Catcher steals home in Philllies victory

| Wednesday, June 27, 2007

PHILADELPHIA - Carlos Ruiz drove in a career-best four runs and stole home to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds, 11-4, on Tuesday night.

Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley homered for the Phillies, who finished with 16 hits and gave Kyle Kendrick plenty of support in his third start since replacing injured Freddy Garcia in the rotation.

Kendrick (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. Fellow rookie Homer Bailey (2-1) lasted just 12/3 innings, allowing six runs and six hits.

For the third time in two weeks, the Phillies (40-36) are a season-best four games above .500.

Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn hit solo homers for the Reds, who have the NL's worst record (29-48).

Ruiz became the first Phillies catcher in 25 years to steal home when he scored as part of a double steal in the second inning. Ruiz broke for home after Reds catcher David Ross threw to second base trying to get Michael Bourn. Ruiz, who is somewhat swift for a catcher, beat shortstop Alex Gonzalez's wide throw for his second career steal to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead.

National League

Braves 6, Nationals 2

In Atlanta, rookie Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered twice and slumping Andruw Jones went deep for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks, backing up seven strong innings from Buddy Carlyle that sent the Braves past Washington.

Saltalamacchia hit solo shots in the third and fifth innings, the first multihomer game of the rookie's young career. But the most encouraging swing for the Braves came later in the fifth.

Jones was mired in a 1-for-31 slump that had knocked his average below .200. In fact, he had gone 53 at-bats without managing even an extra-base hit since his last homer: June 9 off Jason Marquis of the Chicago Cubs.

American League

White Sox 6, Devil Rays 1

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Andy Gonzalez and Jim Thome homered to back Jon Garland's strong pitching and lead Chicago over Tampa Bay.

Gonzalez, who had four hits and drove in two runs to help the White Sox stop a season-worst five-game losing streak Monday night, hit his first career homer -- a two-run shot off James Shields in the fifth inning.

Two pitches later, Thome hit the 482nd of his career for a 5-0 lead. Gonzalez also drove in a run in the third with an RBI grounder.

Rangers 9, Tigers 6

In Detroit, Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking triple in the ninth inning and Texas beat the Tigers after blowing a three-run lead in the eighth.

Brad Wilkerson hit a three-run homer and Sammy Sosa had two RBI for the last-place Rangers, who won for the sixth time in seven games and beat AL Central-leading Detroit for the second consecutive night. Byrd knocked in three runs during an 8-3 victory Monday.

Tigers closer Todd Jones (1-4) retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Michael Young walked and Sosa singled before Byrd hit a sharp liner to right that got by Magglio Ordonez and scored both runners. Ramon Vazquez followed with an RBI single, knocking Jones out of the game.

Orioles 3, Yankees 2

In Baltimore, Corey Patterson capped a perfect night at the plate by scoring the winning run on Scott Proctor's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Orioles a victory over skidding New York.

Patterson led off the ninth with a walk and Brian Roberts singled. Proctor (1-5) then made a sensational diving catch on a bunt by Chris Gomez, but missed an opportunity to double up Patterson, who had strayed three-quarters of the way to third base.

After a walk to Nick Markakis loaded the bases, Proctor appeared to hit Ramon Hernandez with a pitch. Plate umpire Rob Drake ruled otherwise, but Hernandez drew a walk when Proctor threw an outside pitch on a 3-2 count.

Indians 8, Athletics 5

In Cleveland, Kelly Shoppach's pinch-hit three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning rally and gave the Indians a win over Oakland.

Shoppach hit a 1-0 pitch from Alan Embree (1-1) into the left-field bleachers for his fourth homer and lifted the Indians to their sixth win in nine games.

Oakland has now dropped five straight games.

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