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Brewers drop Cards to 3rd in NL Central

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3 (10): Bill Hall figured something good had just happened because he didn't feel a sting when he connected in the 10th inning.

The ball Hall hit off Ryan Franklin sailed over the fence and helped visiting Milwaukee win after squandering a ninth-inning lead.

”When you hit home runs, you don't really feel the ball at all,“ Hall said. ”As soon as I hit it, I knew it hit the good part of the bat. When you see the trajectory of the ball, you knew it had a good chance of getting out.“

Milwaukee is 4-0 on its seven-game road trip and a National League best 35-19 since May 20. The win moved the Brewers percentage points ahead of St. Louis for second place in the NL Central behind Chicago.

”From the looks of it, it's us, the Cardinals and the Cubs who will be battling for the division,“ Hall said.

Hall's home run helped make a winner out of Solomon Torres (5-2), who gave up the tying run in the ninth.

Diamondbacks 2, Cubs 0: Randy Johnson, 44, outdueled Rich Harden (0-1) and improved to 13-0 in 14 career starts against the Cubs. Johnson (7-7) allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one in seven innings for his 291st victory. Harden, in his second start for Chicago after a trade with Oakland, allowed one hit in seven innings — Alex Romero's first major-league home run to lead off the sixth. It was the first run Harden allowed in 101⁄3 innings since joining the Cubs.

Braves 4, Marlins 0: Rookie Jorge Campillo pitched seven innings, and two relievers completed a two-hitter at Florida. The 29-year-old Campillo (5-4) allowed both hits, walked one and lowered his ERA to 2.83. Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez each pitched one perfect inning.

American League

Rays 4, Athletics 0: Scott Kazmir (8-5) and two relievers combined on a two-hitter in the left-hander's first start since winning the All-Star Game. Host Tampa Bay earned its ninth shutout of the season before a crowd of just 12,428. The weak-hitting A's have been blanked nine times.

Rangers 6, White Sox 1: Josh Hamilton homered in his first career at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field, hitting a three-run shot. Hamilton's 22nd homer of the season was a 422-foot blast to straightaway center in the third off Javier Vazquez. He has 24 RBI in his last 25 games and 98 RBI through the team's first 100 games.

Yankees 12, Twins 4: Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to lead New York to its eighth straight home win. Robinson Cano hit an upper-deck drive and Derek Jeter also went deep. Minnesota fell to 3-17 at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

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