CINCINNATI — Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at six games.
Helton had a two-run homer — his first since April 29 — and a run-scoring single off Johnny Cueto (5-2), who gave up a career-high 11 hits in only 4 2?3 innings. Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth.
Rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich (2-1) went five innings against an offense that had been on a home run tear — 10 in the last four games. Joey Votto had four hits for the Reds, including a pair of doubles.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 4: At Atlanta, Rick Ankiel hit a two-run triple in Washington's four-run first inning, Ryan Zimmerman padded the lead with a three-run double in the seventh.
MARLINS 7, GIANTS 6: At Miami, Chris Coghlan snapped out of a season-long slump with a tiebreaking three-run homer off Tim Lincecum and Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to hit the Marlins' home run sculpture when he connected against Lincecum (2-5).
PIRATES 1, CUBS 0: At Pittsburgh, A.J. Burnett and four relievers worked out of trouble all game and the Pirates sent the Chicago Cubs to their 10th straight loss.
METS 6, PADRES 1: At New York, Dillon Gee struck out a career-high nine, won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year, and doubled and scored the go-ahead run to lead the Mets over the Padres.
PHILIES 5, CARDINALS 3 (10 innings): At St. Louis, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Jason Motte. The runs came too late for Cliff Lee, a 17-game winner last season still seeking his first win of 2012.
BREWERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart homered and Yovani Gallardo maintained his mastery of Arizona. Jason Kubel homered on his 30th birthday for Arizona.
RANGERS 14, BLUE JAYS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and tied his career high with eight RBIs and Josh Hamilton hit his 19th home run of the season.
ORIOLES 8, ROYALS 2: At Baltimore, Jason Hammel pitched six shutout innings, Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Kansas City Royals as Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy had two RBIs apiece for the Orioles, now 28-1 when hitting a home run.
RAYS 7, RED SOX 4: At Boston, Matt Joyce hit his second grand slam in six games and Elliot Johnson had a two-run shot.
WHITE SOX 9, INDIANS 3: At Chicago, Adam Dunn hit his 15th homer, A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo each went deep for the second straight night. Pierzynski also tripled and scored three runs while driving in two.
TIGERS 10, TWINS 6: At Minneapolis, Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and the struggling Detroit Tigers offense broke out in a big way. Alex Avila drove in three runs on two doubles.
YANKEES 6, ATHLETICS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher hit two-run homers to help the New York Yankees win for the seventh straight time in Oakland. Robinson Cano also homered and Ivan Nova (5-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 4: At Seattle, Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick broke a tie in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run single off Seattle closer Brandon League, and the Angels rallied from a 4-0 deficit.
ASTROS 3, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Lucas Harrell threw 7 1/3 innings and five other relievers chipped in to beat the team with the Major's best record.
Items appear to have Clemens DNA
WASHINGTON — A needle stored with a beer can appeared to contain an extremely tiny amount of Roger Clemens' DNA, which turned out to be good news and bad news for both sides in the perjury trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.
A forensic scientist on Friday linked Clemens to cotton balls and a syringe needle saved from an alleged steroids injection 11 years ago. His testimony, laced with statistics and probabilities, was one of the last pieces of the government's case in its effort to prove that the pitcher lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing substances.
Under cross-examination, Clemens' lawyer tried to poke holes in the physical evidence. He got the expert to acknowledge there were "hundreds of thousands" of white males in the United States who could be a match for the scant amount of DNA found on the needle, and that it's "conceivable" the cotton balls could have been contaminated by beer and saliva.1 comment on this story
Prosecutors had hoped to wrap up their case heading into the long holiday weekend as the trial reached the end of its sixth week, but the DNA expert's testimony took much longer than expected. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton then ended the session a half-hour early when one of the jurors learned that her mother had died.
ORIOLES, JONES TALKING EXTENSION: The Baltimore Orioles and the agent for center fielder Adam Jones are discussing an extension for the one-time All-Star, whose contract expires after this season.
Jones confirmed Friday that his representative, Nez Balelo, was in Baltimore. Jones also said he's taken a physical, a prerequisite to a contract extension.
But he could not confirm an agreement