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Robertson helps to sink Whales

FINE DISPLAY The American lefty threw down eight innings of three-run ball to keep the Whales at bay and secure his sixth straight victory since mid-July

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

The second-year righty, who won the Rookie of the Year and the league's Most Valuable Player honors last season, earned his 15th win of the year to fall into a three-way tie with La New's Kenny Rayborn and Wu Si-yo for the league's lead in total victories.

Lin's ten-strikeout night also added to his league-best mark of 172, putting him 21 "K's" shy of the single-season record (203) set by former Cobra Lin Ying-jeh in 2004.

The Cobras offense took control of the game early with five combined runs through the first three innings to put the Elephants in a deep hole.

And with the Little Chick on the mound, the 5-0 cushion proved insurmountable for Brother.

It was not until the top of the ninth, after Lin had left the game with a commanding 6-0 lead that the Elephants finally plated two meaningless runs off newcomer Robert Averett of the US, avoiding what would have been an embarrassing shutout.

Taking the loss for the Elephants was starter Yeh Yong-jeh who lasted less than three innings with five earned runs for his fifth loss of the year.

The rookie righty was no match for Lin on a night the Elephants bats were dead silent.

National League

Anibal Sanchez pitched a no-hitter in his 13th Major League Baseball career start on Wednesday night, benefiting from defensive help from three teammates to lead the Florida Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0.

"This is the best moment of my life," the 22-year-old Venezuelan said.

One of four rookies in the Marlins' rotation, Sanchez (7-2) walked four and pitched around an error. He struck out six and threw 103 pitches.

The previous no-hitter in the majors was a perfect game by Arizona's Randy Johnson, who beat Atlanta 2-0 on May 18, 2004.

Mets 4, Braves 1 Mets 8, Braves 0

In New York, Shawn Green busted out of his slump with a huge day at the plate, Oliver Perez pitched his second career shutout for his first win since May and the New York Mets completed a doubleheader sweep of Atlanta.

Giants 3, Reds 2

In Cincinnati, Jonathan Sanchez (3-0), who had made 22 relief appearances, allowed one run and two hits in 5 2-3 innings in his first MLB start, striking out seven and walking two. Mike Stanton pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save, completing a six-hitter.

Nationals 7, Cardinals 6

In Washington, Jose Vidro ended a game of comebacks, lining a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against Jason Isringhausen (4-8), who has 10 blown saves in 43 chances.

In AL action it was:

* Mariners 5, Tigers 4

* Athletics 9, Rangers 6

* Angels 8, Orioles 4

* White Sox 8, Red Sox 1

* Devil Rays 4, Twins 2

* Yankees 8, Royals 3

* Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

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