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Werth, Phillies shut out Blue Jays

Phillies left fielder John Mayberry makes a leaping catch at the wall off the bat of the Blue Jays’ Vernon Wells during the first inning in Toronto on Saturday. The Blue Jays were defeated by the Phillies 10-0.

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TORONTO — A.J. Happ pitched a five-hit shutout, Jayson Werth homered twice and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-0 Saturday.

In the first complete game of his career, Happ (5-0) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter to win for the first time in four starts, helping the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak. The victory was Philadelphia’s third in 14 games.

After going without an extra-base hit for the first time in 97 games in Friday’s 6-1 defeat, the Phillies used the long ball to jump ahead quickly, homering twice in the top of the first.

Werth hit a towering two-run drive into the upper deck, his 14th, and Pedro Feliz added a two-out homer to left.

Toronto left-hander Brad Mills (0-1) allowed eight runs on eight hits in four-plus innings, striking out seven in his second career start

Werth’s upper deck blast was the 14th in the 20-year history of Rogers Centre, formerly SkyDome. Toronto’s Vernon Wells was the last player to reach the upper tier, on Sept. 16, 2004 against Baltimore’s Rodrigo Lopez.

]Cardinals 5, Twins 3

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit a pair of two-run homers, helping St. Louis pound 10-game winner Kevin Slowey in a victory.

Pujols leads the majors with 28 homers and 74 RBI after his 29th career multihomer game, sixth this season and second in six days. Both homers came off Slowey (10-3), whose bid to take the major league lead in victories was a bust, and Pujols’ second long ball put the Cardinals ahead 5-3 in the third.

Josh Kinney (1-0) allowed two hits in 1 2-3 innings of relief for his first career victory and struck out feebly in his first career at-bat after manager Tony La Russa elected not to use an early pinch hitter with two outs, the bases loaded and Slowey on the ropes in the third.

Red Sox 1, Braves 0

ATLANTA — Tim Wakefield pitched six scoreless innings to outduel Javier Vazquez, and Boston blanked the punchless Atlanta.

Mark Kotsay drove in the game’s only run with a sixth-inning single.

Wakefield (10-3) came up with a performance worthy of the day he tied Roger Clemens’ record for most career starts by a Red Sox pitcher at 382. The knuckleball was really fluttering on a sweltering day at Turner Field — it was 95 degrees at first pitch — and the Braves managed just three singles off the 42-year-old.

Manny Delcarmen retired all four hitters he faced, Justin Masterson got out trouble in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon worked around a shaky ninth to complete the four-hit shutout, his 18th save in 19 chances.

Angels 2, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX — Mike Napoli hit tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Angels to victory.

Napoli hit an one-out, 0-1 pitch from Chad Qualls (1-1) 428 feet to center field to give the Angels their fourth straight win and 11th in the last 14.

Darren Oliver (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Brian Fuentes got the last three outs for his major league-leading 21st save.

Los Angeles also improved its major league-best record in interleague play this season to 13-4.

White Sox 8, Cubs 7

CHICAGO — Gordon Beckham singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth, and Scott Podsednik homered while tying a career high with four hits to lift the White Sox.

With the game tied at 7, Paul Konerko lined a single to left with one out off Sean Marshall (3-6) to start the winning rally.

Chris Getz ran for him and moved to second on A.J. Pierzynski’s grounder, and Jose Ascanio walked pinch hitter Jayson Nix. Beckham ended it with a long drive to right and got mobbed near second base by his teammates.

Astros 8, Tigers 1

HOUSTON — Rookie right-hander Felipe Paulino pitched seven solid innings and Houston used a five-run third to pull away from Detroit.

It was Houston’s third straight win and gave the Astros the series victory in this interleague matchup which ends Sunday.

The 25-year-old Paulino (2-4) came off the disabled list for the start. It’s his first win as a starter after getting his other victory this season as a reliever.

Pirates 6, Royals 2

PITTSBURGH — Delwyn Young homered and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Pittsburgh to its fourth straight win.

Paul Maholm allowed only two runs in seven innings and Jack Wilson and Adam LaRoche each had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which clinched a winning record in interleague play for only the second season since the format was adopted 12 years ago.

Orioles 6, Nationals 3

BALTIMORE — Nolan Reimold hit a three-run homer, Gregg Zaun and Aubrey Huff had solo shots, and Baltimore received a strong performance from its bullpen in a victory over Washington.

After Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (6-7) allowed three runs in five shaky innings, four Baltimore relievers limited the Nationals to three hits the rest of the way. Matt Albers worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth, Jim Johnson pitched two shutout innings and George Sherrill worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

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