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The Houston Astros’ Carlos Lee breaks a bat while fouling off a pitch against the San Diego Padres during their game on Monday in San Diego, California.

PHOTO: AP

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, ST. LOUIS

Tim Lincecum threw a two-hitter and Travis Ishikawa homered in San Francisco’s 10-0 rout of St Louis on Monday night.

Lincecum tied teammate Matt Cain for the league lead in complete games and his 2.37 ERA is second in the NL after his third career shutout and fifth career complete game. He threw 95 pitches.

Brad Thompson took the loss for the Cardinals, who have lost five of six.

Lincecum retired the first 14 hitters in order before Rick Ankiel singled to center with two outs in the fifth.

Edgar Renteria’s three-run double capped a five-run seventh as the Giants batted around against Clayton Mortensen in his major league debut. Only one of the runs was earned because of a throwing error by second baseman Skip Schumaker.

ASTROS 3, PADRES 1

At San Diego, Houston’s Roy Oswalt dominated the Padres again, pitching a two-hitter and retiring his final 18 batters.

Ivan Rodriguez homered and Oswalt (4-4) helped himself with two hits.

Rodriguez hit his seventh home run, a solo shot to center off starter Josh Geer (1-3) that tied it 1-all in the fifth inning.

The Astros went ahead with two runs in the sixth on consecutive singles by Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, and a sacrifice fly by Geoff Blum.

Geer allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked one.

In other National League games it was:

• Brewers 10, Mets 6

• Cubs 3, Pirates 1

• Marlins 4, Nationals 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP TORONTO

Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell homered as Tampa Bay ruined Roy Halladay’s return with its sixth straight victory, a 4-1 win over Toronto on Monday night.

Halladay came in having won his past seven decisions, the longest streak in the majors, but lost for the first time since April 21.

He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven.

Jeff Niemann won his third straight decision, allowing one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Randy Choate got the last out for his fourth save in as many chances.

The Rays touched Halladay for two runs in the third on BJ Upton’s leadoff walk and Crawford’s seventh homer.

Tampa Bay tacked on two runs in the seventh against Jeremy Accardo when Burrell led off with a homer and Upton hit a sacrifice fly.

In other American League action it was:

• Angels 5, Rangers 2

• Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

• White Sox 6, Indians 3

• Royals 4, Twins 2

• Athletics 7, Tigers 1

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