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Rays' Garza throws one-hitter against Marlins

Thursday, June 26, 2008

By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Matt Garza pitched a one-hitter, allowing only Hanley Ramirez's home run leading off the seventh inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Florida Marlins 6-1 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

Garza (6-4) struck out 10 and walked one in his first complete game in 38 major league starts. He faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings on a humid afternoon in Miami, where weekday day games are unusual.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who swept their Sunshine State rival for just the second time.

Mark Hendrickson (7-6) allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in 4 2-3 innings. Athletics 5, Phillies 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Rich Harden struck out a career-high 11, allowing two hits in eight innings to lead the Athletics over Philadelphia.

Harden (5-0) retired his first 14 batters before Shane Victorino singled cleanly into center field. Victorino got Philadelphia's other hit off Harden, an infield single with one out in the eighth.

Alan Embree completed the three-hitter, allowing Pat Burrell's two-out triple before retiring Ryan Howard on a groundout.

Adam Eaton (2-6) dropped to 0-4 in nine road games, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. Tigers 3, Cardinals 2, 10 innings

DETROIT (AP) -- Clete Thomas drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a win over St. Louis, spoiling Albert Pujols' return for the Cardinals.

St. Louis reliever Mike Parisi (0-4) gave up a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson and intentionally walked Carlos Guillen and Miguel Cabrera before Thomas drew his second run-scoring walk of the day.

Pujols, in his first game back from the disabled list, hit an RBI single in the ninth to give the Cardinals the lead. But Gary Sheffield, who returned Tuesday from the disabled list, answered with a solo homer for Detroit in the bottom of the inning.

Pujols, who missed 13 games with a calf injury, was 4-for-4 with an intentional walk.

Reliever Bobby Seay (1-1) worked the 10th for the win.

Orioles 11, Cubs 4

CHICAGO (AP) -- Aubrey Huff had four hits and two RBIs, Jay Payton drove in three runs and Baltimore beat the Cubs to become the second team to win a series at Wrigley Field this season.

Brian Roberts had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games as Baltimore roughed up Jason Marquis (6-4), who hadn't lost in his previous seven starts.

Marquis gave up seven runs and seven hits in four innings for Chicago, which had won seven straight series at Wrigley.

Radhames Liz (2-0) held the Cubs to four hits and two runs in five-plus innings. The rookie walked four and struck out four in just his fifth start this season.

Milwaukee is the only other team to win a series at the Cubs' home this year. White Sox 2, Dodgers 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Danks pitched six sharp innings and combined with four relievers for a five-hitter, leading the White Sox over the Dodgers.

Danks (5-4) won for the first time since May 29 after getting a no-decision in each of his previous four starts. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed four hits and issued a season-high four walks as the White Sox won the rubber game of the interleague series.

Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 17th save in 20 attempts.

Clayton Kershaw (0-2) gave up two runs, six hits and four walks in four-plus innings, leaving the 20-year-old left-hander winless in seven big league starts since his promotion from Double-A Jacksonville on May 24. Twins 4, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, and the Twins beat the Padres to win their ninth straight game, all against the NL.

The Twins swept the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks and now the Padres. Prior to that, they won two of three against Milwaukee. Minnesota is 12-3 overall against the NL this season going into their final interleague series at home this weekend against the Brewers.

Twins starter Scott Baker (4-2) got his first big league hit and scored his first run while holding the Padres to three runs and six hits in six innings. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.

The Padres blew a 3-0 lead for the second time in less than 24 hours, losing their fifth straight game and for the 10th time in 12 games. Greg Maddux couldn't hold a 3-0 lead in a 9-3 loss on Wednesday night and rookie Josh Banks (2-2) did the same on Thursday.

Blue Jays 7, Reds 1

TORONTO (AP) -- Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer off Edinson Volquez, Jesse Litsch pitched eight sharp innings and the Blue Jays beat the Reds.

Volquez (10-3) entered with a major league-best 1.71 ERA but was tagged for a season-high seven runs, five earned, and six hits in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest start of the season. Volquez's ERA rose to 2.08.

Rolen connected in the second inning for his sixth homer of the season and third in four games. His RBI double in the fifth made it 7-1.

Litsch (8-4) allowed one run and three hits to win for the first time since beating Oakland on May 29, a span of five starts.



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