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San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum fanned eight batters in seven innings.




SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum won for the first time in nearly two months to end the worst drought of his career, throwing four-hit ball over seven innings and the San Francisco Giants held the Dodgers scoreless for the third straight game in a 3-0 win Wednesday.

Angel Pagan added an RBI single and drew a bases-loaded walk to back Lincecum (3-8) as the Giants moved into a first-place tie in the NL West with just their second sweep of the season — and the first time in franchise history shutting out the Dodgers in a three-game series spanning 123 seasons.

BREWERS 8, REDS 4: At Cincinnati, Rickie Weeks and Cody Ransom hit two-run homers off Homer Bailey and the Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep.

METS 17, CUBS 1: At Chicago, Daniel Murphy homered twice, Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and David Wright drove in five runs in a rout.

BRAVES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4: At Atlanta, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward homered and the Atlanta Braves withstood Arizona's comeback attempt.

MARLINS 5, CARDINALS 3: At Miami, John Buck and pinch hitter Logan Morrison connected for consecutive home runs in the seventh inning to end the Marlins' eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals.

ASTROS 1, PADRES 0: At Houston, Lucas Harrell pitched his first complete game and left fielder J.D. Martinez threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning.

PIRATES 11, PHILLIES 7: At Philadelphia, Chase Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but Pittsburgh spoiled his return by connecting for three home runs.

NATIONALS 11, ROCKIES 5: At Denver, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings and Ryan Zimmerman and Tyler Moore both homered for the second straight game.

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RED SOX 10, BLUE JAYS 4: At Boston, the Red Sox scored six runs in the first inning against a wild Ricky Romero, David Ortiz hit his 399th career homer and Boston earned its fifth straight series win.

YANKEES 5, INDIANS 4: At New York, Andy Pettitte broke his ankle on the same day the Yankees put CC Sabathia on the disabled list and Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead homer to help New York to a three-game sweep.

WHITE SOX 12, TWINS 5: At Minneapolis, Chris Sale won again, pitching seven easy innings with support from a three-run homer by Adam Dunn.

ROYALS 5, RAYS 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Billy Butler greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with a solo home run in the eighth inning, powering Kansas City to a three-game sweep.

ATHLETICS 2, MARINERS 1: At Seattle, Jarrod Parker struck out a career-high nine in seven dominant innings, Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp homered for Oakland's only two hits.

ANGELS 13, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Torii Hunter homered and scored four runs, Jered Weaver pitched into the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels earned a two-game sweep.

RANGERS 13, TIGERS 9: At Arlington, Texas, David Murphy went 4-for-5 with two home runs and matched his career high with five RBIs to make a winner out of Roy Oswalt.

Sabathia on DL; Pettitte breaks ankle


NEW YORK — Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained groin before New York's rotation took another hit when fellow lefty Andy Pettitte broke his left ankle on a line drive.

Sabathia is expected to miss his next two starts after sustaining the injury Sunday against the Mets, while Pettitte will be gone for at least six weeks with an injury that the team said will not require surgery. Pettitte was hit by a ball off the bat of Cleveland's Casey Kotchman in the fifth inning Wednesday.

"Been a bad day for left-handers today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4.

General manager Brian Cashman said Sabathia felt a twinge in the muscle on the inside of his left leg in the fourth inning of Sunday's win over the Mets.

HOWARD TO BEGIN REHAB STINT: Philadelphia's Ryan Howard will begin a rehab stint tonight, a day after Chase Utley returned to the Phillies' lineup. The 2006 NL MVP hasn't played since getting injured on the final swing of the 2011 season in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis.

Howard will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Lakewood. He could return to the Phillies within three weeks.

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BAKER TELLS CHAPMAN: NO MORE ROLLING: Reds manager Dusty Baker made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won't be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.

Chapman did a pair of forward rolls after striking out Martin Maldonado to complete a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Chapman has been struggling lately, and celebrated with somersaults toward home plate.

Baker talked to Chapman about it and said on Wednesday that it will never happen again.

Baker understood that Chapman was happy, but said he needs to express his happiness in another way.