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Fired-up Blue Jays roll on

Lyle Overbay thinks the Blue Jays are due for a streak like the one the Red Sox were on.

Overbay homered twice and had five RBIs in the first two innings and the Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game, 8-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies last night in Toronto.

The Red Sox had won 12 straight before losing at Florida last night, allowing the Toronto to move within four games of first place in the AL East.

``It will happen. The Red Sox are doing it. It's just a matter of finding our groove," Overbay said.

Overbay hit a three-run homer off Adam Bernero (0-1) in a four-run first inning, and added a two-run shot off Bernero in a four-run second.

Eric Hinske also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of nine to move to 11 games above .500 (45-34).

Staked to an 8-0 lead in the second, Casey Janssen (6-6) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits, while striking out three and walking three.

David Dellucci homered in his third straight game for the Phillies, who have lost 8 of 9 and 16 of 20.

Tigers 7, Pirates 6 -- Carlos Guillen's two-run triple highlighted Detroit's four-run third and the Tigers overcame Kenny Rogers's shaky start to hand host Pittsburgh its 14th loss in 15 games.

Curtis Granderson singled and scored to start the third, then protected a one-run lead by making an excellent leaping catch of Ronny Paulino's line drive into the left-center gap to end the eighth with the potential tying run on third.

With Jim Leyland managing in PNC Park for the first time against the team that gave him his first big league managerial job in 1986, the Tigers won their seventh in a row and 13th in 14 games.

White Sox 6, Cubs 2 -- Juan Uribe homered and had five RBIs as the White Sox beat their crosstown rivals at Wrigley Field as the central combatants in a brawl this season chatted and shook hands.

Cubs catcher Michael Barrett apologized to A.J. Pierzynski in the outfield before the game and the two were seen shaking hands. Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after the White Sox catcher ran him over at the plate May 20.

Pierzynski, booed loudly most of the day, did get hit near the elbow with a pitch -- a curveball -- by Sean Marshall in the fifth inning. He also had two singles.

Reds 9, Indians 8 -- Adam Dunn's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman vaulted Cincinnati over Cleveland, which was victimized again by a threadbare bullpen.

The Reds trailed, 7-0, after seven innings, unable to get anything going against starter Paul Byrd. Then, one of the AL's worst bullpens let it get away. Rafael Betancourt gave up Austin Kearns's solo homer and a pinch-hit, three-run shot by Juan Castro. Indians manager Eric Wedge brought Wickman (1-4) into the game in a non-save situation in the ninth to hold a four-run lead.

Royals 7, Cardinals 5 -- Pinch hitter Matt Stairs's sacrifice fly in the 10th drove in the go-ahead run and Kansas City handed host St. Louis its ninth loss in 10 games. Ambiorix Burgos (2-3) struck out pinch hitters Scott Spiezio and Aaron Miles with the bases loaded in the ninth and got the last three outs.

Twins 8, Brewers 2 -- Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back home runs, Brad Radke sailed through seven innings and host Minnesota won its eighth in a row.

Terry Tiffee hit a two-run homer for the surging Twins, who have won 18 of their last 20 games -- including 11 straight at the Metrodome -- and improved to 14-2 in interleague play.

Padres 6, Giants 5 -- Khalil Greene hit a two-run single with one out in the bottom of ninth inning as San Diego beat San Francisco to hold onto first place in the NL West.

Devil Rays 11, Nationals 1 -- Carl Crawford hit a pair of two-run homers and Tampa Bay beat host Washington to finish June 14-13, its first winning month in franchise history.

Rangers 3, Astros 1 -- Mark Teixeira scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk as host Texas ended a season-worst five-game losing streak.

Diamondbacks 6, Athletics 4 -- Eric Byrnes scored the go-ahead run against his former club on a wild pitch in the seventh inning as visiting Arizona beat Oakland.

Dodgers 6, Angels 1 -- Brad Penny (9-2) pitched seven strong innings and rookie Andre Ethier went 3 for 4 with a home run as Los Angeles won in Anaheim, Calif.

Rockies 2, Mariners 0 -- Josh Fogg pitched a two-hitter for his first major league shutout and Brad Hawpe homered as Colorado won in Seattle.

Braves 5, Orioles 3 -- Marcus Giles broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-run single as Atlanta ended a miserable June with a victory over visiting Baltimore.

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