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MLB: Blue Jays’ Marcum wins pitching duel

BATTING BULLIESThe Toronto pitcher struck out nine and won for the first time in three starts, while elsewhere the Twins beat up the Tigers’ normally reliable bullpen

AP , TORONTO

Toronto’s Shaun Marcum won a pitching duel to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox in the American League on Friday.

Marcum matched Chicago’s Mark Buehrle pitch for pitch and Shannon Stewart drove in the only runs for Toronto.

Marcum struck out nine and won for the first time in three starts, lowering his ERA to 2.70. He allowed just two hits, both singles.

Buehrle gave up only two runs — both unearned — in eight innings.

Orioles 4, Angels 3

In Anaheim, California, Jeremy Guthrie won for the first time in 16 starts as Baltimore downed Los Angeles to start a 10-game road trip with a win.

Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora each drove in two runs for the Orioles.

Guthrie got his first win since July last year. The right-hander allowed only three hits over seven innings.

Twins 11, Tigers 1

In Minneapolis, Livan Hernandez baffled Detroit’s sluggers for seven innings to give Minnesota victory.

The Twins then beat up the Tigers’ normally reliable bullpen.

Hernandez gave up just one run to bounce back from a horrendous start in Texas, and the Twins scored four runs in the seventh inning to get some breathing room in their third straight win.

The defeat was a letdown for a Tigers outfit coming off its first sweep of the Yankees in New York since 1966.

Rangers 4, Athletics 3

In Oakland, California, Milton Bradley had three hits against his former team as Texas downed Oakland.

The Rangers took advantage of four errors to post its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Red Sox 7, Rays 3

In Boston, Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs, including a two-run single in a five-run fourth inning, as Boston beat Tampa Bay.

The start was delayed 2 hours, 27 minutes by rain. Only a couple thousand fans remained in Fenway Park when the game ended at 12:48 am local time.

AP, ST LOUIS, missouri

Skip Schumaker hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the St Louis Cardinals a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Schumaker clubbed the one-out pitch into the stands, getting struggling closing pitcher Jason Isringhausen off the hook after he had given up the lead in the ninth inning.

Schumaker has connected for the go-ahead hit in three of the Cardinals’ past seven victories.

Isringhausen has blown two of his past three save chances.

Braves 2, Reds 0

In Atlanta, the home side ended a four-game losing streak by closing down Cincinatti.

Tim Hudson pitched his 11th career shutout and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who finally won a close game. Atlanta is a league worst 0-9 in games decided by one run.

Hudson struck out 10 and walked none. McCann’s sixth homer of the season came in the fourth, sending the Reds to their third straight loss.

With just one victory in his previous three starts, Hudson gave the Braves’ ailing pitching staff a boost after John Smoltz said before the game that he’s likely to return from tinjury as Atlanta’s closer instead of rejoining the rotation.

Phillies 6, Giants 5, 10 innings

In Philadelphia, Pat Burrell hit a storybook homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting Philadelphia over San Francisco.

The Giants had taken a one-run lead in the top of the tenth, before Burrell crunched a pitch into the left-field seats.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 2

In Phoenix, Jose Reyes had four hits and almost hit for the cycle as New York downed Arizona.

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