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Washburn dominates as Mariners complete sweep


The Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Repko is hit on the elbow by a pitch from the Colorado Rockies' Jeff Francis in the fifth inning of their baseball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday.


American LeagueJarrod Washburn didn't allow a hit until Ben Zobrist's bunt single led off the sixth inning, and Adrian Beltre homered to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-0 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

After walking Carl Crawford with one out in the first, Washburn (6-11) retired 14 straight batters -- including nine on flyouts.

Washburn allowed three hits in 6-2/3 innings and J.J. Putz, Seattle's third pitcher, finished the four-hitter for his 25th save. James Shields (4-6) pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in 15 major league starts.

Rangers 14, Athletics 0

At Oakland, California, Mark DeRosa hit three-run homers in consecutive innings, Carlos Lee scored four runs and went 4-for-5 with his first homer for Texas, while Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr. also hit solo homers to stop Oakland's six-game winning streak.

With 17 hits and seven dominant innings from Vicente Padilla (12-7), the Rangers avoided a three-game sweep.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3

At Toronto, Roy Halladay (14-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7-1/3 innings, tying Boston's Curt Schilling and Detroit's Justin Verlander for the major league lead in victories.

B.J. Ryan got five straight outs for his 26th save and Bengie Molina had two RBIs for Toronto, which has won just three of 11.

Twins 4, Tigers 3

At Detroit, Justin Morneau hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Johan Santana won his fourth straight decision for Minnesota.

Morneau became the first Minnesota player with 30 homers since Gary Gaetti in 1987. Luis Castillo matched a career high with four hits and had a season-high three stolen bases for the Twins, who have lost only one of their last seven games.

Indians 4, Angels 0

At Cleveland, Jake Westbrook pitched his second shutout this season to lead Cleveland to the win.

National League

Chase Utley hit a go-ahead, three-run double in an eight-run seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Wednesday for their sixth win on a nine-game trip.

Trailing 3-1, the Phillies sent 14 batters to the plate in the seventh, getting six hits and four walks. An error by third baseman Willy Aybar led to three unearned runs.

Rick White (2-0) pitched two-third of an inning of one-hit relief for Philadelphia, 15-11 since the All-Star break. Tyler Yates (1-3) gave up four runs, one hit and three walks.

Mets 4, Padres 3

At New York, Pedro Martinez allowed two solo homers to Mike Piazza in 7-1/3 strong innings to help New York win its fourth straight game.

Jose Reyes had two hits, drove in a run and scored for New York. Martinez (9-4) allowed three hits, walked four and struck out two.

A day after Piazza was showered with ovations in his return to Shea Stadium, Martinez joined the 49,979 fans in paying homage to the former Mets star. Martinez stepped off the mound and tipped his hat when Piazza first came to bat. Piazza responded with a similar gesture of respect.

Piazza's two drives gave him six career homers off Martinez, the most by anyone off the ace.

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