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3 HRs for LA's Choi

Scott Seabol's first career homer, a two-run, pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning, provided the go-ahead run in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the sputtering New York Yankees yesterday at St. Louis.

Jim Edmonds added a two-run double to help the Cardinals win for the 18th time in 21 interleague games dating to 2003. Ray King (1-1) gave up the go-ahead run on Hideki Matsui's single in the seventh but retired Bernie Williams for the final out of the inning.

The Yankees wasted a strong outing by Carl Pavano, who had lost his previous three starts, and wrapped up a dismal 3-9 trip that dropped them two games below .500.

Dodgers 4, Twins 3 -- Hee-Seop Choi hit home runs in his first three at-bats, including a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning, as host Los Angeles defeated Minnesota.

Choi, who homered twice Friday night, including a walk-off blast in the ninth, and once in Saturday's loss, struck out swinging with two runners on in the seventh.

Rookie D.J. Houlton (2-0) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out eight, and walked two.

Angels 4, Mets 3 -- Pinch runner Robb Quinlan scored the go-ahead run on David Wright's error in the ninth, and Los Angeles rallied against Pedro Martinez at New York.

Trailing, 3-0, going into the fifth inning -- thanks partly to Martinez's first RBI in nearly nine years, the Angels bounced back, taking the lead when a Darin Erstad grounder down the third-base line skipped off Wright's glove.

Martinez, who allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in seven innings, drove in his first run since Aug. 2, 1996, when he was with the Expos.

Astros 3, Blue Jays 0 -- Roy Oswalt pitched his first career two-hitter and won his sixth straight home start, leading Houston to its season-high fifth straight victory.

Oswalt (7-7) retired 24 of his final 25 batters and needed only 88 pitches in a game that lasted just 1 hour 50 minutes.

Reds 10, Orioles 6 -- Ken Griffey hit a go-ahead home run, helping host Cincinnati overcome Sammy Sosa's two homers.

Griffey's 512th career homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, gave the Reds a 6-4 lead.

Rockies 7, Tigers 3 -- Preston Wilson homered twice and Byung Hyun Kim pitched six strong innings for his first win in nearly a year, lifting host Colorado.

Kim (1-5) allowed two runs and five hits to win for the first time since last Oct. 2, when he beat Baltimore while pitching for the Red Sox. Kim also struck out a career-high eight.

White Sox 8, Padres 5 -- Aaron Rowand hit a three-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the 10th to give Chicago the win at San Diego.

A's 11, Braves 5 -- Eric Chavez was 5 for 5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs, helping Oakland beat Atlanta for its first road series win since the opening week of the season.

Devil Rays 7, Pirates 5 -- Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning after Tampa Bay blew a three-run lead for the fifth time in eight games, and the visiting Devil Rays ended a seven-game losing streak.

Rangers 6, Marlins 2 -- Ricardo Rodriguez pitched five effective innings in his season debut and Richard Hidalgo homered at Miami to help Texas snap a five-game losing streak.

Indians 5, Giants 3 -- Casey Blake had two hits, including a three-run homer, and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep at San Francisco, which has lost 14 of 16.

Royals 9, Diamondbacks 4 -- Mark Teahen's broken-bat single in the 12th scored Ruben Gotay, starting a six-run rally that lifted Kansas City at Phoenix.

Phillies 6, Brewers 2 -- Pat Burrell and Chase Utley homered, Cory Lidle went seven innings, and Philadelphia capped a 12-1 homestand.

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