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Giants end their longest losing streak in 10 years

AP , SAN FRANCISCO

New York Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at New York's Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The Yankees won the game 7-2.

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National LeagueMoises Alou homered, hit a two-run double and also singled in a run, Jason Schmidt struck out 10, and the San Francisco Giants ended their longest losing streak in 10 years with an 8-6 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Shea Hillenbrand, acquired from Toronto on July 21, hit his first home run for the Giants, who stopped a nine-game losing streak.

Schmidt (8-7) won for only the second time in 10 starts, allowing one run and four hits in six innings. Mike Stanton, acquired last Friday from Washington, got the final out for his first save since Sept. 24, 2003.

Tony Armas (7-7) lost for the fourth time in five starts, giving up six runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Dodgers 5, Reds 3

At Cincinnati, Brad Penny pitched six sharp innings and drove in a run to help Los Angeles win its fifth straight game.

Penny (11-5) snapped his three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 5. He allowed two runs and three hits, walked two and struck out six.

Takashi Saito retired all four batters he faced for his 10th save in 10 chances.

Ken Griffey Jr., Royce Clayton and Scott Hatteberg homered for Cincinnati, which has lost four straight. Elizardo Ramirez (4-7) allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings for the Reds. He struck out five and had a career-high four walks.

Braves 3, Pirates 2

At Pittsburgh, Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Horacio Ramirez pitched 6 2-3 innings for Atlanta.

Mets 6, Marlins 5

At Miami, New York took advantage of four errors by Florida, and closer Billy Wagner escaped a ninth-inning jam by striking out the side to close out the win.

Florida's four errors, which matched the Marlins' season high, led to three unearned runs and a 6-0 deficit by the third inning.

Wagner, who blew a save on Tuesday when he gave up Josh Willingham's game-ending homer, needed 22 pitches in the ninth for his 23rd save in 28 chances.

American League

Taiwanese starter Wang Chien-ming (王建民) pitched eight more shutout innings on Wednesday to win his fifth straight start for New York, who defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.

Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homered for the American League East-leading Yankees, who won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-1-1 in their last 12 series.

Bobby Abreu singled and doubled for his first two hits with New York, and fellow newcomer Craig Wilson added a pair of singles in his Yankees debut.

Wang (13-4) buzzed through the best-hitting team in the major leagues and ran his scoreless streak to 18 innings.

Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning for Toronto, which entered leading the majors in batting average (.293) and slugging percentage (.480). Ted Lilly (9-10) got the loss.

Rangers 10, Twins 2

Kip Wells made a successful first start for Texas, Mark Teixeira homered twice and the Rangers beat Minnesota 10-2 on Wednesday to give the Twins their first losing homestand this season.

Mariners 2, Orioles 1

At Baltimore, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer, and Seattle ended Erik Bedard's seven-game winning streak since June.

Athletics 3, Angels 2

At Anaheim, California, Mark Kotsay drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single, and Oakland increased its lead over Los Angeles to 1.5 games in the American League West.

Red Sox 6, Indians 5

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