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Zambrano sets new benchmark with seven-hitter

REUTERS , NEW YORK

Victor Zambrano won his major league leading third game of the season with a seven-hitter over 6 2/3 innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays crushed the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 in American League play on Sunday in St. Petersburg.

Zambrano (3-0) allowed one run with six strikeouts and three walks to become the first starting pitcher to win three games through his team's first seven games since Kevin Appier of the Kansas City Royals in 1995.

Zambrano escaped numerous jams to also become the first pitcher to win three games in the majors this season.

He received plenty of offensive help, as the Devil Rays hit three home runs and pounded out 11 hits, blowing the game open with four eighth inning runs.

Aubrey Huff, Jose Cruz Jr. and Tino Martinez all homered for Tampa Bay.

Rocco Baldelli had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another for the Devil Rays, while Carl Crawford had two hits, three runs and an RBI.

Eric DuBose (0-2) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits over six innings.

Brian Roberts and Rafael Palmeiro both had two hits for the Orioles.

NY Yankees 5, Chicago White Sox 4

Mike Mussina picked up his 200th career victory as the New York Yankees got back to the .500 mark with a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Bubba Crosby hit a three-run homer in his first start for the Yankees while Gary Sheffield drove in a pair of runs to help the Yankees salvage a split of the four-game series.

Mussina allowed four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.

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