Brewers hammer Halladay

Associated Press / April 20, 2011

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Back in the ballpark where he used to be an ace, Randy Wolf shut down his former team and outpitched the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.

Wolf tossed six crisp innings, Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies, 9-0, last night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Brewers became the first team to win a series against the NL East-leading Phillies this season. They’ll try to complete a three-game sweep this afternoon when Cliff Lee takes the mound for Philadelphia.

Wolf (2-2) gave up 2 hits, struck out 5, and walked 3 against his former team. The lefthander had his best seasons with Philadelphia in the early 2000s, and was an All-Star in ’03.

“It was tough early on. I didn’t have my best stuff,’’ Wolf said. “I tried to mix speeds a lot and I think I kept them off balance.’’

Jimmy Rollins had a bunt single in the first and Shane Victorino hit a double in the third for the Phillies’ only hits of the game.

“I had really good defense behind me,’’ Wolf said. “They’re a dangerous team. You don’t want to let them get something going.’’

Halladay (2-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was his worst start since he surrendered six runs in six innings in a loss at the New York Yankees last June 15.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5 — Travis Snider doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning as host Toronto roughed up the New York bullpen. The Blue Jays scored twice off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth to tie the game before winning it against Ivan Nova.

“That’s all the inspiration we need as players is to see what we did in the ninth inning against Mariano,’’ Snider said. “To be able to give ourselves a chance, to go out there and just have that shot, I’m very thankful for it.’’

Rivera suffered his first blown save in eight chances and gave up a run in April for the first time since April 30, 2009, a stretch of 17 1/3 innings.

Marlins 6, Pirates 0 — Josh Johnson gave up two hits in seven innings and drove in the first two runs to help lead host Florida. Johnson (3-0) lowered his ERA to 1.00. He has surrendered four hits or less in each of his four starts, and batters are hitting .112 against him.

The righthander has never thrown a shutout in 108 career starts, and he was pulled by manager Edwin Rodriguez after throwing 98 pitches, 64 for strikes.

“We were in agreement up 6-0,’’ Johnson said.

Angels 15, Rangers 4 — Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs to back a solid outing by fill-in starter Matt Palmer as Los Angeles handed Texas its first home loss of the season in eight games. Palmer, in his second start for injured Scott Kazmir, limited Texas to one run and three hits over six innings.

Giants 6, Rockies 3 — Jonathan Sanchez gave up two hits over 6 1/3 innings one night after Tim Lincecum flirted with a no-hitter, and visiting San Francisco spoiled Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez’s return from the disabled list.

Rays 2, White Sox 1 — In St. Petersburg, Fla., James Shields (1-1) struck out nine in a four-hitter and surging Tampa Bay posted its seventh win in eight games.

Orioles 11, Twins 0 — Matt Wieters drove in four runs, Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer, and host Baltimore snapped an eight-game losing streak by crushing Minnesota ace Carl Pavano. Jake Arrieta (2-1) pitched six innings of four-hit ball for the Orioles. Pavano (1-2) gave up seven earned runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The righthander had surrendered only one run in his previous 16 innings.

Royals 5, Indians 4 — Alex Gordon had two hits and stretched his hitting streak to 13 games and lefthander Bruce Chen (3-0) went seven strong innings to lead host Kansas City.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4 — Ryan Roberts made the starting lineup because of an injury and hit two of Arizona’s four homers off Sam LeCure to lead the visiting Diamondbacks. Roberts filled in for third baseman Melvin Mora and had the second multihomer game of his career. Cincinnati has dropped five of six.

Astros 6, Mets 1 — Wandy Rodriguez found his form against punchless New York, pitching seven sharp innings to lead visiting Houston. Carlos Beltran homered for the Mets, who have dropped 11 of 13.

The Chicago Cubs’ game against the San Diego Padres was postponed because of inclement weather. The game will be made up as a part of a day-night doubleheader today. The first game will start at 1:20 p.m. and the second game will begin at 6:05 p.m.

The Nationals-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium was postponed by a severe storm that set off a tornado siren. A day-night doubleheader was set for today, with games at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thousands of fans stayed in their seats even after a tornado warning siren sounded, then sprinted up the aisles to relative safety.

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