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MAJOR LEAGUES: Werth's eight RBIs tie record

TORONTO THUMPED Jayson Werth hit three homers as the Phillies won 10-3, while in St. Louis the Rays continued their strong start to the season by defeating the Cardinals

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Gary Bennett, left, loses the ball as Maicer Izturis of the Los Angeles Angels scores on a fielder's choice by Vladimir Guerrero during the seventh inning of their inter-league game in Anaheim, California, on Friday. The Angels won 4-2.

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Jayson Werth homered in his first three at-bats and tied a Philadelphia Phillies record with eight RBIs in a 10-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball inter-league play on Friday.

Werth had a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, but he fouled out to first base in the seventh inning.

He became the 18th Phillies player to record three homers in a game and the first since 2006.

The eight RBIs tied a franchise record held by four players, most recently Mike Schmidt in 1976.

Rays 3, Cardinals 1

In St. Louis, Missouri, Tampa Bay continued their surprisingly strong start to the season, beating St. Louis to record their eighth win in nine games.

The Rays are eight games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.

Tampa Bay pitcher Andy Sonnanstine carried a shutout into the eighth inning, yielding just one run and no walks, and added two singles.

Rangers 16, Astros 8

In Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton went five-for-five with two homers and five RBIs as Texas downed state rivals Houston.

Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Rangers then broke out for a big win.

Angels 4, Dodgers 2

In Anaheim, California, Angels pitcher Joe Saunders bounced back from his lone loss of the year to down the Dodgers in an all-Los Angeles showdown.

Vladimir Guerrero drove in two runs without a hit for the Angels.

Saunders held the Dodgers to two runs — a two-run homer in the seventh — in seven-and-a-third innings.

Padres 6, Mariners 4

In Seattle, Brian Giles had four hits to lead San Diego over Seattle.

Tadahito Iguchi homered for the Padres.

White Sox 2, Giants 0

In San Francisco, Alexei Ramirez hit his first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, that proved the only score as Chicago beat San Francisco.

The Giants had a base-runner aboard in every inning without managing a run.

Twins 4, Rockies 2

In Denver, Colorado, Nick Blackburn pitched seven strong innings to steer Minnesota past Colorado.

Delmon Young doubled twice and scored two runs for the Twins, before closer Joe Nathan remained perfect in 13 save opportunities.

Blackburn struck out five without a walk to help the Twins end a three-game skid.

Friday’s other Major League baseball results:

• Royals 7, Marlins 6

• Diamondbacks 4, Tigers 3

• Reds 4, Indians 3

• Orioles 5, Nationals 3

• Braves 3, Athletics 2

• Cubs 7, Pirates 4

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