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Santos blast powers the Mets

OMIR Santos hit the first grand slam home run of his career as the New York Mets scored six runs in the first inning to hand the Florida Marlins their seventh consecutive defeat, a 1-7 loss on Monday.

The four-run dinger off loser Anibal Sanchez cleared the left-center field fence and was the first grand slam in the Mets' new stadium, Citi Field.

"It was a great, great moment," said Santos, who will celebrate his 28th birthday today. "I knew it would at least hit the wall. But this is a big park."

Gary Sheffield and David Wright had run-scoring singles before rookie catcher Santos' big hit for the Mets (9-10).

New York starter John Maine (1-2) allowed one hit - a first-inning RBI single by Florida's Jorge Cantu - over six innings for the win. He struck out four and walked three.

Florida did not get another hit until the eighth inning as relievers Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez combined with Maine for a two-hitter.

"It's good to get the first win," Maine said, "but I've still got to keep working. There's still a lot of areas to improve on."

The Marlins (11-8) have not won a game since April 19 when they beat the Washington Nationals for their 11th victory in 12 games. The hot start had them leading the National League, but they have now slumped to fourth place.

In other National League games, it was: Cardinals 3, Braves 2; Astros 4, Reds 1; Phillies 13, Nationals 11; Brewers 10, Pirates 5; Rockies 12, Padres 7; Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 2; and Giants 5, Dodgers 4.

In the American League, it was: Red Sox 3, Indians 1; Tigers 4, Yankees 2; Rangers 6, Orioles 4; Royals 7, Blue Jays 1; and Rays 7, Twins 1.

In Cleveland, Jason Bay hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday for their 11th straight victory.

Bay fell behind 0-1 before hitting a fastball from Kerry Wood (0-1) into the left-field seats as Boston extended its longest winning streak since 2006.

Two homers

In Kansas City, Missouri, Brian Bannister gave up one hit over seven innings and Jose Guillen hit two homers to lead Kansas City over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays entered the game leading the majors in runs, batting average and slugging percentage, but Bannister limited them to Adam Lind's first-inning single. Bannister walked six, including five of the first 14 batters he faced.

Bannister (2-0) has allowed one run and five hits in 13 innings in winning his two starts since being recalled April 22 from Triple-A Omaha. He retired 13 of the last 14 Blue Jays he faced.

In Minneapolis, Jeff Niemann kept Minnesota guessing into the sixth inning and Carlos Pena hit his majors-leading ninth home run, lifting Tampa Bay to a victory.

In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each hit a grand slam to rally Philadelphia past Washington for its fourth straight win.

Howard's shot to center in the fifth inning tied the score at 6. After the Nationals scored four times in the eighth to go up 11-7, Ibanez capped a six-run surge in the bottom half with a two-out drive to right off Joel Hanrahan (0-1).


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