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MLB: Astros Edge Reds 5-4 - 2003-07-18

In major league baseball, the Cincinnati Reds lost their game to the visiting Houston Astros, 5-4, and also lost their star slugger, Ken Griffey Jr., who will miss the rest of the season after injuring his ankle Thursday.

The injury-prone Griffey ruptured a tendon in his right ankle after rounding first base in the sixth inning. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday.

The 11-time All-Star has suffered a string of major injuries throughout his career. He has missed 140 games since the 2000 season, including 33 this year with injuries on both legs and his right shoulder.

In another National League game, Arizona starter Curt Schilling won for the first time since coming off the disabled list. He led the Diamondbacks to a 9-1 rout of the Padres in San Diego. Schilling, who allowed just one run and eight hits in seven innings, had missed six weeks with a broken hand.

In Philadelphia, Marlon Byrd hit a game ending three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies over the Montreal Expos, 5-2. Philly has won six of its last seven games, while Montreal has lost eight of its last 10.

Other NL winners Thursday were the Brewers, Braves, Dodgers and Giants.

The Milwaukee Brewers held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5, the Atlanta Braves edged the New York Mets, 3-2, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3. Also, the San Francisco Giants rolled over the Colorado Rockies, 8-4.

In the American League, New York's Hideo Matsui homered in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4. Derek Jeter hit a two-run shot in the eighth to tie the score at four runs apiece.

Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay won his second complete game of the season, and Bobby Kielty homered in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Halladay allowed nine hits and struck out five for his 14th straight decision.

Other AL winners Thursday were the Orioles, Rangers, Twins, Royals and Tigers.

The Baltimore Orioles beat Anaheim, 2-1, snapping the Angels' five-game winning streak. The Texas Rangers crushed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 12-6, the Minnesota Twins ended an eight-game skid with a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics, and the Central Division-leading Kansas City Royals trounced the Seattle Mariners, 7-1. Also, the Detroit Tigers edged the Chicago White Sox, 10-9.