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Yankees Fall to Athletics in Pitcher’s Duel; Dodgers Beat Mets

Jarrod Parker allowed five hits and one run over eight innings, outdueling Phil Hughes as the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 2-1 yesterday for their fourth consecutive victory.

Oakland’s Brandon Inge hit a solo home run, his ninth of the season, off Hughes in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a one-all tie. Hughes allowed two runs, four hits and two walks over 7 2/3 innings, falling to 9-8 on the season.

New York scored its only run in the fourth inning on a single by Raul Ibanez. The Athletics have one-run victories in the first three of the four games at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland.

Elsewhere in Major League Baseball action, the New York Mets fell 8-5 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals tied a franchise record with 12 runs in an inning and Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper was hurt fouling a pitch off his left leg.

Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four runs batted in as the Dodgers handed the Mets the eighth loss in their last nine games. The defeat came after the Mets announced they placed pitcher Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

The Dodgers opened a 4-0 lead in the third inning against Mets starting pitcher Miguel Batista, and never trailed at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. Ronny Cedeno hit his second home run of the season for New York.

Santana, 33, is 6-7 this season, with a 3.98 earned-run average and 105 strikeouts. His ERA is 6.53 in the eight starts since he threw the first no-hitter in Mets history last month.

The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie against the Chicago Cubs with 12 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Seventeen batters came to the plate in the inning, with Skip Schumaker driving in three runs with a triple and a double.

The 12-run inning, the game’s only scoring, ties a franchise record set in 1926, according to ESPN.

Harper, who earlier this month became the youngest position player to compete in an MLB All-Star game, left the first game of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves after two innings due to a left ankle bruise. After x-rays revealed no broken bones, the 19-year-old outfielder entered the second game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, when he singled and stole his 12th base of the season.

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