The Yankees shut out Toronto.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Johan Santana struck out 10 again, outpitching Tim Hudson in a marquee matchup to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday.
Santana (11-6) won his fourth straight decision and reached double digits in strikeouts for the eighth time in his last 10 starts, increasing his AL-leading total to 183.
Torii Hunter scored twice and drove in another run for the Twins, who have won 14 of 18.
Hudson (7-4) pitched well in his return to the mound for Oakland, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, the right-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in 52/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one in his first outing since June 22, when he strained his left oblique muscle.
Santana took a shutout into the seventh but didn't last much longer. He gave up three runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings, walking one. Juan Rincon escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh.
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E--Dye (1). LOB--Oakland 6, Minnesota 9. 2B--EChavez (14), DMiller (19), Morneau (6). SB--THunter (15). CS--EChavez (2). S--CGuzman.
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Crain pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. HBP--by Bradford (Cuddyer). WP--THudson. Umpires--Home, Eric Cooper; First, Chuck Meriwether; Second, Mike Reilly; Third, C.B. Bucknor. T--2:52. A--29,572.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0
NEW YORK -- Orlando Hernandez won his fourth straight decision in a remarkable comeback.
Hernandez, who had rotator cuff surgery last year and was released by Montreal in December, allowed five hits in eight sharp innings. He struck out six and walked two, pitching the Yankees (70-39) to their fourth victory in a row.
Matched up for the third time with Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly, Hernandez (4-0) kept the Blue Jays off balance with an assortment of pitches and speeds. He allowed just two runners to reach second base, becoming the third consecutive Yankees starter to last eight innings.
El Duque re-signed with New York as a minor league free agent in March, rehabilitated his shoulder in the minors and was called up July 11 to help an injury-depleted pitching staff. The Yankees have won all six games he started.
In three outings against Toronto, Hernandez has not allowed a run in 17 innings.
Scott Proctor finished the six-hitter, New York's third shutout of the season. Toronto was blanked for the ninth time.
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DP--Toronto 2. LOB--Toronto 9, New York 9. 2B--Gomez (10), CDelgado (13), Cairo (14), TClark (12). 3B--Cairo (3). SB--Sheffield (3). CS--OHudson (3).
HBP--by Lilly (Jeter). WP--Speier. Umpires--Home, Tim Tschida; First, Jeff Nelson; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Chris Guccione. T--2:39. A--54,025.
Orioles 3, Rangers 1
BALTIMORE -- Rodrigo Lopez turned in a solid pitching performance, and the Baltimore Orioles beat former teammate Scott Erickson and Texas for its fifth straight victory.
Lopez (9-7) allowed only two hits, walked none and struck out seven in 62/3 innings. He faced only one batter over the minimum and retired his first 10 hitters, six by strikeouts.
B.J. Ryan gave up one hit in 11/3 innings, and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances. He gave up a home run to Alfonso Soriano with one out.
Erickson (0-1) yielded three runs and 10 hits over 52/3 innings in his debut with Texas. The right-hander, obtained in a trade with the New York Mets last week, was with the Orioles from 1995 through last season.
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E--Mora (17). DP--Baltimore 1. LOB--Texas 3, Baltimore 9. 2B--Tejada (30), RPalmeiro (16). HR--ASoriano (22). SB--Newhan (3). SF--JvLopez.
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WP--Erickson. PB--Barajas. Umpires--Home, Tim Welke; First, Gary Cederstrom; Second, Jim Reynolds; Third, Andy Fletcher. T--2:21. A--44,961.
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