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MLB: Padres Lose Again in Detroit

San Diego Padres' Mark Sweeney (r) beats the ball to second as Detroit Tigers shortstop Tony Giarratano covers the base
The San Diego Padres have never won a Major League Baseball game in Detroit and that streak continued Thursday as the host Tigers beat the Padres 3-1 in interleague play. San Diego lost all three World Series games played in Detroit in 1984 as well as a three game series this week.

In other games the New York Mets topped the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, and the Atlanta Braves used a strong pitching performance by veteran ace John Smoltz to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-2.

The Cleveland Indians edged the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Minnesota Twins, 14-7.

Randy Johnson had his finest pitching performance since wearing New York pinstripes as the Yankees completed a three game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-1 victory. Johnson threw a five-hitter, registered 11 strikeouts and won his 253rd career win.

The Philadelphia Phillies needed 13-innings to slip past the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.