NEW YORK – Craig Stammen and the Washington Nationals really dampened the New York Yankees’ day.

After waiting out a 51/2-hour rain delay at the start, Stammen earned his first major league victory, Julian Tavarez provided key relief and the last-place Nationals beat New York 3-0 Thursday night in the first game without a homer at the new Yankee Stadium.

Orioles 5, Mets 4

BALTIMORE – Aubrey Huff drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single off Francisco Rodriguez, capping a two-run rally that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the New York Mets 5-4 Thursday night.

Rodriguez entered the game with a 0.56 ERA and 16 saves in 17 tries.

Cubs 6, White Sox 5

CHICAGO – Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto hit consecutive homers to tie the game in a four-run eighth inning, then Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the ninth to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Thursday.

Blue Jays 8, Phillies 7

PHILADELPHIA – Pinch-hitter Rod Barajas led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking homer and Toronto beat Philadelphia to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.

Rockies 4, Rays 3

DENVER, – Clint Barmes hit a two-run homer to help Ubaldo Jimenez win his third straight start in Colorado’s victory over Tampa Bay.

Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez added solo homers for the surging Rockies, who have won 13 of 14.

They took the final two in this three-game series after Tampa Bay snapped their 11-game winning streak Tuesday

Padres 4, Mariners 3

SAN DIEGO – Adrian Gonzalez matched his career high with four hits, including a homer, and scored the winning run with two outs in the 10th as San Diego beat Seattle to end its major league-record interleague losing streak at 13..

Twins 5, Pirates 1

MINNEAPOLIS – Nick Blackburn pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, leading Minnesota over Pittsburgh.

National League

Braves 7, Reds 0

CINCINNATI – Tommy Hanson allowed three hits in six impressive innings and Nate McLouth homered and drove in four runs, leading Atlanta past punchless Cincinnati.

One of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Hanson got his first major league hit and RBI. Matt Diaz also homered for the Braves, who snapped a four-game skid and avoided a sweep in Cincinnati.

Hanson (2-0) walked four and hit a batter with a pitch. He escaped two jams in his third career start.

Peter Moylan, Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano each pitched an inning to finish the five-hitter, Atlanta’s fourth shutout this season.

Reds lefty Matt Maloney (0-2) also was making his third career start, and he’s allowed six hits each time. He gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings.


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