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AMERICAN LEAGUE: Blue Jays trounce struggling Royals

MAJOR LEAGUES While the Kansas City Royals suffered their fifth loss in a row, Carlos Zambrano led the Cubs in a 12-3 drubbing of the Pirates

AP , TORONTO

Toronto Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of their game against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday.

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The Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City 7-1 in a match-up of the two lowest-scoring teams in the American League on Friday, inflicting the Royals’ fifth straight loss.

Starting pitcher Roy Halladay threw his majors-leading fifth complete game to record the win.

The light-hitting Marco Scutaro connected for two-run singles in his first two at-bats, matching a career high with four RBIs.

Yankees 13, Mariners 2

In New York, Andy Pettitte struck out nine batters to win for the first time in more than a month as New York beat Seattle.

Shelley Duncan hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and the Yankees put together an eight-run fifth inning to blow the game open.

Mariners manager John McLaren was ejected in the second inning, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was missing, too, due to a one-game suspension after a similar confrontation with an umpire the previous day.

Rays 2, Orioles 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, pitcher Matt Garza took a four-hitter into the eighth inning as Tampa Bay shut down Baltimore.

Carl Crawford snapped a scoreless tie with a fifth-inning single for the Rays.

The Orioles have been shut out two of the past three games and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They’ve been outscored 12-1 during a three-game losing streak and haven’t homered in 28-and-one-third innings.

Twins 9, Tigers 4

In Detroit, Kevin Slowey pitched seven shutout innings as Minnesota upset Detroit.

The Tigers, last in the Central Division after a slow start, scored 30 runs in a three-game sweep of Seattle, but Slowey pushed them back into a slump.

Slowey gave up four hits and three walks in six innings for his first win this season after four losses.

Angels 3, White Sox 1

In Chicago, Los Angeles brought an end to Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.

Angels starter Joe Saunders took a shutout into the ninth inning and Torii Hunter homered in the fifth for the visitors.

Saunders recorded his eighth win, and is emerging as a star after splitting the past two seasons between the majors and minors. He has needed just 10 starts to match last year’s win total and moved into a tie with Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka for the AL lead in victories.

Rangers 13, Indians 9

In Cleveland, the home side lost its seventh in a row and lost pitcher Fausto Carmona to injury against Texas.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first career grand slam and the Rangers got seven runs in the third inning when Carmona was replaced after straining his left hip on a fielding play. He will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

Athletics 8, Red Sox 3

In Oakland, California, Boston’s seven-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Oakland.

Veteran slugger Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer to stake pitcher Rich Harden to an early lead and Mark Ellis added a three-run shot.

Harden didn’t allow a hit until the fourth on the way to winning back-to-back starts.

Thomas hit the first pitch he saw in the third for his seventh home run, then Ellis hit his fourth homer of the year in the third.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Carlos Zambrano had four hits to go with a stellar seven innings on the mound and Reed Johnson hit a three-run home run and two doubles as the Chicago Cubs drubbed the Pittsburgh Pirates again 12-3 on Friday.

The Cubs, who lead the National League Central, are 9-1 against their division rival this season.

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