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Athletics, Anderson shut out Red Sox

SURPRISE: Former Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra received a standing ovation in Boston before the league’s worst team had their first complete game in a year

AMERICAN LEAGUE

REUTERS AND AP, BOSTON

Oakland rookie Brett Anderson held the Boston Red Sox to two hits over nine innings on Monday, leading the Athletics to a 6-0 win over the American League East leaders.

The left-hander allowed only singles to Jason Bay in the second inning and Nick Green in the fifth on his way to pitching Oakland’s first complete game in a year.

“He had a powerful fastball, a real good slider and he attacked the strike zone with both pitches and pretty much carved us up,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters.

Anderson (5-7) struck out a career-best nine and walked two as the Athletics stopped the Red Sox from padding their slender lead in the AL East over the New York Yankees.

The Athletics, the worst hitting team in the league, collected 15 hits and chased Boston starter John Smoltz (0-2) after six innings. He gave up 10 hits and five runs.

Oakland scored four runs in the fourth inning and added single tallies in the sixth and ninth.

Mark Ellis delivered a two-run double in the fourth and Adam Kennedy singled in solo runs in the fourth and sixth. Orlando Cabrera added a ninth-inning homer.

Former Boston player Nomar Garciaparra, in his first game back at Fenway Park since being traded to the Cubs in 2004, drove in Oakland’s initial run in the fourth and had two hits.

He received a standing ovation from Boston fans before his first at-bat.

“It looked like it really touched him,” Francona said. “They’re crazy fans, but they’re so wrapped up, emotionally, in their team and people that have been a part of their teams.”

Garciaparra, who played in Boston for eight seasons, said he owed Anderson a treat for his role in making the return special.

“I can’t wait to take him out to dinner and thank him for making tonight so much better,” Gar­cia­parra said.

MARINERS 5, ORIOLES 0

At Seattle, Jarrod Washburn tossed a one-hitter for his ninth career complete game to lead the Mariners over Baltimore.

Nick Markakis had the only hit off Washburn (4-5), a two-out single in the fourth. Washburn faced just one batter over the minimum, issuing no walks and striking out three in his 110-pitch effort.

Russell Branyan hit his 21st homer, Chris Woodward doubled in two runs and Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single for Seattle.

Washburn recorded the first one-hitter by a Mariner at Safeco Field and 10th in franchise history.

Brad Bergesen (5-3) went six innings for the Orioles, allowing four runs, three earned, and six hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Branyan homered in the first and Suzuki had an RBI single in the fifth to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Woodward tacked on a bases-loaded double in the sixth and Ryan Langerhans added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Also on Monday, it was:

• Angels 9, Rangers 4

• Royals 4, Tigers 3

• Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PHILADELPHIA

Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs had two-run shots during a 10-run first inning, leading Philadelphia to a 22-1 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Cole Hamels (5-5) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to earn his first win since shutting out the Dodgers on June 4.

The Phillies tied a club record for most runs in the first inning. They scored 10 three other times, most recently on June 2, 2002, against Montreal.

It was the most runs by Philadelphia since a 26-7 win over the New York Mets at Veterans Stadium on June 11, 1985. The 22 runs were the most in the six-year history of Citizens Bank Park.

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