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Wang hurls gem as Nationals top Cubs

PITCH PERFECT:Wang Chien-ming gave up just one hit, an infield single in the sixth, over six innings. He threw 81 pitches, 53 of which were strikes, taking his record to 1-2

AP and CNA, CHICAGO and TAIPEI

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Wang Chien-ming delivers during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday in Chicago.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

In Chicago, Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming pitched six scoreless innings to set up Washington’s win over Chicago.

In his third start after missing more than two years following shoulder surgery, Wang (1-2) won for the first time since 2009.

Wang yielded only one hit, an infield single in the sixth, over six innings to pitch the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was his first big league win since getting the decision in the New York Yankees’ 4-2 win over the New York Mets on June 28, 2009.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who lost his first two starts for the Nationals, threw 81 pitches, 53 of which were strikes, while striking out one and walking two, and lowered his ERA for the season to 3.60.

Cubs’ starter Matt Garza kept his team in the game by shutting out the Nationals over the first five innings, but Washington broke the scoreless tie in the six on a solo home run by Michael Morse and a two-run blast by Jonny Gomes.

The Cubs cut the lead to 3-1 in the eighth on Starlin Castro’s solo shot off Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard.

Drew Storen shut down the Cubs in the ninth to record his 30th save.

PHILLIES 2, DODGERS 1

In Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee pitched eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and also hit just his second career home run, leading the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Lee (12-7) allowed only two runners past first base, while closer Ryan Madson got three outs for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single to help the Phillies win for the 11th time in 12 games and go 36 games over .500 (76-40) for the first time since 1977.

Philadelphia maintained their 8-1/2 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (7-12) allowed six hits over eight innings.

On other NL play, it was:

‧ Braves 4, Marlins 3

‧ Giants 6, Pirates 0

‧ Brewers 5, Cardinals 3, 10 inns

‧ Rockies 3, Reds 2

‧ Mets 5, Padres 4

‧ Diamondbacks 11, Astros 9

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, NEW YORK

Bobby Abreu hit a two-out two-run homer in the ninth inning — his second homer of the game — to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

The Angels held onto the lead in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a tricky play. With runners at the corners and two outs, Los Angeles pitcher Jordan Walden faked a pickoff throw to third base and Curtis Granderson fell for it, taking off from first base trying to steal second and getting caught in no man’s land.

Abreu’s drive deep into the seats in right was only the second homer allowed this season by New York closer Mariano Rivera (1-2). He faltered for the second straight appearance, having blown a ninth-inning lead on Sunday at Boston.

Los Angeles’ Alberto Callaspo opened the ninth with a single and after two outs, Abreu hit his sixth homer of the season.

Angels reliever Scott Downs (6-2) took the win, getting a groundout with two runners on base to end the eighth.

The Yankees suffered a third straight defeat for the first time in two months and fell 2.5 games behind Boston in the AL East.

RED SOX 4, TWINS 3

In Minneapolis, Darnell McDonald hit a two-run homer to lift Boston to a tight win over Minnesota.

David Ortiz gave the Red Sox the lead for good on an infield single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save.

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