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Fading Rays routed by Twins

Fading Rays routed by Twins

Nick Blackburn cruised through seven innings, and the Minnesota Twins roughed up Scott Kazmir from the start in an 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night in Minneapolis.

Blackburn (2-1) gave up two runs on eight hits and Justin Morneau had three hits, a walk, and an RBI for the Twins, who took two of three from the defending AL champions.

Kazmir (3-2) lasted just four innings, the second rough outing in his last three starts. The lefthander gave up eight runs - six earned - on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts and was all over the place in a 34-pitch first inning. Kazmir also threw two wild pitches with runners on third, allowing both to score.

The Rays have lost six straight series since taking two of three from Boston to open the season. They never lost more than two straight series in last season's magical run to the World Series.

Pat Burrell had two hits for the Rays, who start a four-game series at home tonight against the Red Sox .

Marlins 4, Mets 3 - Cody Ross hit a two-run single off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, Jorge Cantu cracked his third homer in two games, and visiting Florida rallied to beat New York, wasting a strong effort by Johan Santana.

Matt Lindstrom escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by getting pinch-hitter Omir Santos on a popup.

Santana, 3-1 with a 1.10 ERA through five outings, has allowed two runs or less in 11 straight starts. Josh Johnson went toe to toe with Santana and left trailing, 3-2, after serving up Fernando Tatis's tiebreaking homer in the sixth, which was upheld after a replay review.

Yankees 8, Tigers 6 - Nick Swisher hit two homers and Joba Chamberlain gave up a run in seven innings, leading visiting New York over Detroit.

Swisher hit a three-run homer in the seven-run fourth and added a solo shot in the fifth, giving him a team-high seven home runs.

Giants 9, Dodgers 4 - Tim Lincecum (2-1) allowed six hits and struck out eight while pitching into the eighth inning, and Bengie Molina drove in four runs in host San Francisco's win over Los Angeles.

Molina had a homer, a two-run triple, and an RBI single among San Francisco's 15 hits, while Edgar Renteria had four hits and drove in two as the Giants took two of three from the first-place Dodgers.

Angels 3, Orioles 2 - Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales hit consecutive homers off Koji Uehara in the seventh inning and Shane Loux earned his first win since 2003 to lead visiting Los Angeles.

Uehara left in the seventh after being struck in the chest by a line drive off the bat of Gary Matthews Jr. The injury was determined to be a bruised sternum. X-Rays were negative.

White Sox 6, Mariners 3 - Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning, leading host Chicago over Seattle.

A.J. Pierzynski also homered as the White Sox (11-10) avoided what would have been their first losing April since 2001. Adrian Beltre had four hits, and Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run double for the first-place Mariners (13-9), who will lead the AL West at the end of a month for the first time since July 2003.

Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 0 - Doug Davis allowed two hits over seven innings while Chad Tracy and Justin Upton each drove in three runs to lead host Arizona.

Brewers 1, Pirates 0 - Yovani Gallardo (3-1) struck out a career-high 11 and homered in the seventh, outdueling Ian Snell and helping host Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh for the 15th straight time.

Rockies 7, Padres 5 - Aaron Cook (1-1) pitched seven strong innings for his first win of the season and Todd Helton and Chris Iannetta each drove in three runs in host Colorado's win over San Diego.

Adrian Gonzalez homered twice for San Diego, which fell behind, 7-0, and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Reds 3, Astros 0 - Edinson Volquez allowed one hit through eight innings, leading Cincinnati over Houston, ending the Astros' 11-game winning streak at Great American Ball Park.

Nationals 4, Phillies 1 - Scott Olsen pitched into the sixth and Washington's beleaguered bullpen held on to snap host Philadelphia's five-game winning streak.

Cardinals 5, Braves 3 - Adam Wainwright (3-0) overcame five walks and drove in a run during a four-run fifth inning, and visiting St. Louis beat Atlanta.

The Athletics-Rangers game in Arlington, Texas, was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader May 29.

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