NEW YORK - Craig Stammen and the Washington Nationals really dampened the New York Yankees' day.

After waiting out a 51/2-hour rain delay at the start, Stammen earned his first major-league victory, Julian Tavarez provided key relief, and the last-place Nationals beat New York, 3-0, last night in the first game without a homer at the new Yankee Stadium.

Boosted by Ryan Zimmerman's three hits and a bunch of nifty plays, Washington posted its first two-game winning streak since taking three straight May 7-9. Behind Stammen (1-2), the Nationals became the last team in the majors to pitch a shutout this season.

Maybe it was the damp air, or perhaps it had more to do with Stammen's neat 61/3 innings, but nobody managed to clear the fences. There had been a whopping 119 home runs through 34 games at the majors' newest launching pad.

Scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m., the game did not begin until 6:31 p.m. A postponement here seemed unlikely because the teams shared only one mutual off-day the rest of the season for a possible makeup.

There is no official record of the longest rain delay in big-league history, but this certainly ranked high at 5 hours, 26 minutes. The start of a pennant-race game in 1999 between Cincinnati and Milwaukee was delayed 5 hours, 47 minutes.

Washington 100 110 000 – 3 8 0

New York 000 000 000 – 0 7 0

Washington AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

C.Guzman ss 5   1   3   0   .329      Gardner cf 3   0   1   0   .277

N.Johnson 1b 4   0   0   0   .306      Me.Cabrera cf 0   0   0   0   .286

Zimmerman 3b 5   2   3   1   .310      Damon lf 4   0   0   0   .281

Dunn dh 2   0   2   1   .265      Teixeira 1b 4   0   1   0   .283

Kearns rf 4   0   0   0   .196      A.Rodriguez 3b 4   0   0   0   .212

C.Patterson cf 4   0   0   0   .077      Cano 2b 4   0   2   0   .311

W.Harris lf 3   0   0   0   .217      Swisher rf 4   0   2   0   .244

Nieves c 2   0   0   1   .256      H.Matsui dh 4   0   1   0   .249

AHernandez 2b 4   0   0   0   .263      Cervelli c 2   0   0   0   .288

Totals 33   3   8   3         a-Posada ph-c 0   0   0   0   .282

R.Pena ss 2   0   0   0   .247

b-Jeter ph-ss 1   0   0   0   .305

Totals 32   0   7   0      

a-walked for Cervelli in the 7th. b-grounded into a fielder's choice for R.Pena in the 7th. LOB: Washington 9, New York 7. 2B: C.Guzman (13), Zimmerman 2 (18), Dunn (9), Swisher (15). RBIs: Zimmerman (43), Dunn (47), Nieves (10). CS: C.Guzman (3). RLSP: Washington 5 (Kearns, A.Hernandez 2, C.Patterson, Zimmerman); New York 3 (A.Rodriguez, Jeter 2). RA: C.Guzman, N.Johnson, A.Hernandez, Damon. GIDP: N.Johnson, Swisher. DP: Washington 1 (C.Guzman, A.Hernandez, N.Johnson); New York 1 (Teixeira, R.Pena, Chamberlain).

Washington walks (6): N.Johnson, Dunn 2, W.Harris, Nieves 2.

New York walks (2): Me.Cabrera, Posada.

Washington strikeouts (10): N.Johnson, Zimmerman 2, Kearns 2, C.Patterson 2, W.Harris, Nieves, A.Hernandez.

New York strikeouts (3): A.Rodriguez, H.Matsui, Cervelli.

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Stammen (W) 61/3   6   0   0   0   2   82   4.76

Villone (H) 1/3   0   0   0   1   1   10   1.80

Tavarez (H) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   5   4.21

Beimel (H) 1   0   0   0   1   0   15   3.67

MacDougal (S) 1   1   0   0   0   0   11   4.85

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Chamberlain (L) 6   7   3   3   4   6   100   3.89

Aceves 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   2.54

Coke 1   1   0   0   0   2   13   3.45

D.Robertson 1   0   0   0   2   1   22   2.08

W: Stammen, 1-2. L: Chamberlain, 3-2. S: MacDougal, 2. H: Beimel, 8. H: Villone, 3. H: Tavarez, 5.

IR-S: Villone 2-0, Tavarez 3-0. IBB: off D.Robertson (N.Johnson). Umpires: Home, Larry Vanover; first, Sam Holbrook; second, Dan Iassogna; third, Charlie Reliford.

T: 2:59. A: 45,143 (52,325).

Twins 5, Pirates 1

MINNEAPOLIS - Nick Blackburn pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, leading Minnesota over Pittsburgh.

Blackburn (6-2) struck out two and walked one. Michael Cuddyer and Brian Buscher homered for the Twins, who took two of three from the Pirates.

"Everything was kind of in my control for the most part," Blackburn said. "It's a good feeling when you're out there."

Zach Duke (7-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings for the Pirates, who lost their 13th straight road series to an AL opponent.

Calmly and quietly, Blackburn has asserted himself as Minnesota's best pitcher this season. He has not lost since May 5, when he lasted just 31/3 innings against Detroit.

Pittsburgh 000 000 001 – 1 6 1

Minnesota 101 001 02x – 5 10 0

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Minnesota AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

McCutchen cf 4   0   1   0   .333      Gomez cf 3   0   0   0   .224

Morgan lf 4   0   0   0   .256      B.Harris ss 4   1   3   0   .291

Hinske dh 4   1   1   0   .269      Morneau 1b 4   0   1   1   .324

Ad.LaRoche 1b 4   0   1   1   .260      Cuddyer rf 4   1   2   1   .277

An.LaRoche 3b 4   0   0   0   .278      Kubel lf 4   0   1   0   .311

Moss rf 3   0   2   0   .250      Crede 3b 4   1   0   0   .230

Jaramillo c 3   0   0   0   .274      Buscher dh 3   1   1   2   .198

R.Vazquez 2b 2   0   0   0   .253      Redmond c 4   0   0   0   .257

Ja.Wilson ss 3   0   1   0   .274      Punto 2b 3   1   2   0   .218

Totals 31   1   6   1         Totals 33   5   10   4      

E: Morgan (1). LOB: Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 6. 2B: Hinske (9), Moss (11), Morneau (18), Kubel (14), Punto (4). 3B: Cuddyer (5). HR: Cuddyer (10), off Duke; Buscher (2), off J.Chavez. RBIs: Ad.LaRoche (32), Morneau (56), Cuddyer (35), Buscher 2 (9). SB: Punto (6). RLSP: Pittsburgh 2 (Jaramillo, Morgan); Minnesota 4 (Kubel, Cuddyer, B.Harris, Redmond). RA: Crede. GIDP: Morgan, Jaramillo, Morneau. DP: Pittsburgh 1 (R.Vazquez, Ja.Wilson, Ad.LaRoche); Minnesota 2 (Blackburn, B.Harris, Morneau), (Punto, B.Harris, Morneau).

Pittsburgh walks (1): R.Vazquez.

Minnesota walks (2): Gomez, Buscher.

Pittsburgh strikeouts (2): Ad.LaRoche, Jaramillo.

Minnesota strikeouts (2): Redmond, Punto.

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Duke (L) 6   7   3   3   2   0   104   3.18

J.Chavez 2   3   2   2   0   2   26   3.07

Minnesota IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Blackburn (W) 9   6   1   1   1   2   107   3.09

W: Blackburn, 6-2. L: Duke, 7-5. .

Umpires: Home, Delfin Colon; first, Randy Marsh; second, Marvin Hudson; third, Lance Barksdale.

T: 2:06. A: 30,670 (46,632).

Orioles 5, Mets 4

BALTIMORE - Aubrey Huff drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single off Francisco Rodriguez, capping a two-run rally that carried Baltimore past New York.

After Matt Wieters hit a leadoff double and Nolan Reimold walked, Brian Roberts laid down a bunt, and the throw to third by catcher Omir Santos was too late to nail pinch-runner Felix Pie.

With the bases loaded, Rodriguez (1-2) walked in a run, and after a strikeout, allowed Huff's single.

New York 000 002 200 – 4 9 0

Baltimore 001 010 012 – 5 12 1

New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Baltimore AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Cora ss 3   2   2   0   .287      B.Roberts 2b 4   0   1   1   .287

Dan.Murphy 1b 5   1   1   1   .244      Ad.Jones cf 3   0   0   1   .312

Beltran cf 4   1   2   1   .336      Markakis rf 5   0   0   0   .293

D.Wright 3b 4   0   0   1   .351      A.Huff dh 5   1   3   1   .272

Sheffield dh 4   0   1   0   .275      Mora 3b 4   0   2   0   .277

Church rf 4   0   1   1   .273      Scott lf 4   0   1   1   .306

Santos c 3   0   0   0   .272      Wigginton 1b 4   0   2   0   .241

F.Martinez lf 4   0   0   0   .194      Wieters c 4   1   2   0   .259

L.Castillo 2b 4   0   2   0   .279      1-Pie pr 0   1   0   0   .202

Totals 35   4   9   4         Andino ss 3   1   1   1   .253

a-Reimold ph 0   1   0   0   .283

Totals 36   5   12   5      

One out when winning run scored.a-walked for Andino in the 9th.1-ran for Wieters in the 9th. E: Andino (4). LOB: New York 9, Baltimore 10. 2B: Dan.Murphy (6), B.Roberts (22), A.Huff (15), Wieters (3). HR: Andino (1), off Li.Hernandez. RBIs: Dan.Murphy (22), Beltran (40), D.Wright (38), Church (14), B.Roberts (29), Ad.Jones (42), A.Huff (45), Scott (37), Andino (7). SB: Cora (6), Beltran 2 (10). S: Cora, B.Roberts. SF: D.Wright. RLSP: New York 5 (D.Wright 3, Church, Santos); Baltimore 4 (Wieters, A.Huff 2, Wigginton). RA: Dan.Murphy, Beltran, Scott. GIDP: Mora. DP: New York 1 (Cora, L.Castillo, Dan.Murphy).

New York walks (3): Cora, Beltran, Santos.

Baltimore walks (3): Ad.Jones 2, Reimold.

New York strikeouts (8): Dan.Murphy 2, D.Wright 2, Sheffield, Santos 2, L.Castillo.

Baltimore strikeouts (6): B.Roberts, Markakis 3, Scott, Wigginton.

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Li.Hernandez 7   8   2   2   1   4   100   4.18

Feliciano (H) 1/3   1   1   1   0   0   7   2.89

S.Green (H) 2/3   1   0   0   0   1   13   4.50

Fr.Rodriguez (L)( BS) 1/3   2   2   2   2   1   20   1.10

Baltimore IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Berken 62/3   7   4   4   1   8   107   6.84

Baez 11/3   1   0   0   1   0   20   3.03

Albers (W) 1   1   0   0   1   0   13   3.86

W: Albers, 1-2. L: Rodriguez, 1-2. H: Green, 5. H: Feliciano, 12. BS: Rodriguez, 2.

IR-S: S.Green 1-1, Baez 1-1. IBB: off Albers (Beltran). Umpires: Home, Mark Wegner; first, Rob Drake; second, Jeff Kellogg; third, Tim Timmons.

T: 2:53. A: 23,009 (48,290).

Astros 5, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas - Hunter Pence led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer and Houston beat Texas to avoid a season sweep.

Pence, who grew up in Arlington watching the Rangers play, hit the first pitch of the inning from Jason Jennings (2-2) over the center-field wall. Michael Bourn added a two-out RBI triple to make it 5-3.

After losing five in a row against AL West-leading Texas, the Astros avoided being swept in a season series of at least six games for the first time in franchise history.

Houston 000 012 020 – 5 11 1

Texas 110 100 000 – 3 7 0

Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Texas AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Bourn cf 5   0   2   1   .295      Kinsler 2b 4   0   0   0   .267

Keppinger 3b 3   1   0   0   .256      M.Young 3b 4   1   2   1   .323

Tejada ss 4   1   1   0   .341      Blalock dh 3   0   0   0   .247

Ca.Lee dh 4   0   2   1   .315      N.Cruz rf 4   1   1   0   .278

Berkman 1b 4   0   0   0   .243      Dav.Murphy lf 3   0   2   0   .266

Pence rf 4   1   1   1   .326      Byrd cf 4   0   0   0   .287

K.Matsui 2b 4   0   2   0   .231      C.Davis 1b 4   1   1   1   .201

Erstad lf 4   1   1   0   .119      Teagarden c 3   0   0   0   .228

Quintero c 4   1   2   1   .300      a-An.Jones ph 1   0   0   0   .243

Totals 36   5   11   4         Andrus ss 1   0   1   0   .260

Totals 31   3   7   2      

a-lined out for Teagarden in the 9th. E: Quintero (4). LOB: Houston 9, Texas 5. 2B: Erstad (2). 3B: Bourn (5). HR: Pence (10), off Jennings; M.Young (9), off Backe; C.Davis (13), off Backe. RBIs: Bourn (15), Ca.Lee (42), Pence (28), Quintero (9), M.Young (26), C.Davis (28). SB: N.Cruz (11), Dav.Murphy (5), Byrd (3). S: Keppinger. RLSP: Houston 6 (Berkman 3, Quintero 2, Keppinger); Texas 4 (C.Davis, Teagarden, N.Cruz, An.Jones). RA: Byrd. GIDP: Erstad, Kinsler. DP: Houston 3 (Keppinger, Berkman), (Pence, Berkman), (Tejada, Berkman); Texas 1 (Kinsler, Andrus, C.Davis).

Houston walks (4): Keppinger, Tejada, Ca.Lee, Berkman.

Texas walks (4): Blalock, Dav.Murphy, Andrus 2.

Houston strikeouts (4): Bourn, Berkman, Pence, Erstad.

Texas strikeouts (5): M.Young, N.Cruz, C.Davis 2, Teagarden.

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Backe 4   4   3   3   1   0   60   10.38

W.Wright 22/3   0   0   0   2   3   41   6.06

Arias (W) 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   7   2.45

Hawkins (H) 1   2   0   0   1   0   20   2.43

Valverde (S) 1   1   0   0   0   1   10   3.97

Texas IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Padilla 6   7   3   3   3   4   107   4.79

Jennings (L) 2   4   2   2   1   0   27   3.34

Grilli 1   0   0   0   0   0   18   5.55

W: Arias, 1-0. L: Jennings, 2-2. S: Valverde, 3. H: Hawkins, 4.

IR-S: Arias 1-0. WP: Backe. PB: Teagarden 2. Umpires: Home, Tim Tschida; first, Bob Davidson; second, Jeff Nelson; third, Mark Carlson.

T: 3:00. A: 25,445 (49,170).

Diamondbacks 12, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chris Young had a career-high four hits, and Dan Haren earned his sixth victory in seven decisions to help Arizona beat Kansas City.

Gerardo Parra homered, tripled and drove in three runs, and Justin Upton contributed three hits, including two doubles, as the Diamondbacks collected 16 hits, one shy of their season high.

Haren (6-4) has lost only once in his last 11 starts.

Arizona 104 031 120 – 12 16 1

Kansas City 002 000 003 – 5 12 3

Arizona AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Kansas City AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

F.Lopez 2b 5   1   1   1   .300      DeJesus lf 5   0   3   4   .244

S.Drew ss 5   2   1   1   .250      Bloomquist ss 3   0   1   0   .290

J.Upton rf 5   0   3   1   .314      Lu.Hrndz ss-2b 2   0   1   0   .219

Reynolds 1b 6   1   0   0   .275      Butler 1b 4   0   1   0   .288

G.Parra lf-cf 6   2   2   3   .285      Jacobs dh 3   0   1   0   .241

C.Young cf 4   1   4   1   .204      J.Guillen rf 4   0   1   0   .265

1-RRoberts pr-lf 0   1   0   0   .295      Pena Jr. ss 0   0   0   0   .097

Montero c 5   1   2   1   .243      Callaspo 2b 2   0   0   0   .309

Byrnes dh 5   2   2   2   .223      Hulett 2b-rf 2   0   0   0   .000

Ojeda 3b 4   1   1   0   .236      Teahen 3b 4   1   0   0   .284

Totals 45   12   16   10         B.Pena c 4   2   2   0   .292

Maier cf 4   2   2   1   .256

Totals 37   5   12   5      

1-ran for C.Young in the 8th. E: Reynolds (10), Bloomquist (3), Callaspo 2 (8). LOB: Arizona 11, Kansas City 6. 2B: F.Lopez (17), J.Upton 2 (16), C.Young 2 (17), DeJesus (13), Maier (4). 3B: G.Parra (4), C.Young (2), DeJesus (6). HR: G.Parra (3), off J.Cruz; Byrnes (5), off Mahay. RBIs: F.Lopez (12), S.Drew (27), J.Upton (39), G.Parra 3 (21), C.Young (18), Montero (9), Byrnes 2 (24), DeJesus 4 (29), Maier (7). SB: C.Young (11), Montero (1). S: Ojeda. RLSP: Arizona 7 (Ojeda 2, G.Parra 4, Reynolds); Kansas City 3 (Butler, Hulett, J.Guillen). RA: J.Upton, Montero. GIDP: Butler, J.Guillen. DP: Arizona 3 (Ojeda, F.Lopez, Reynolds), (Ojeda, F.Lopez, Reynolds), (Ojeda); Kansas City 1 (Butler, Bloomquist).

Arizona walks (4): F.Lopez, S.Drew, J.Upton, C.Young.

Kansas City walks (1): Jacobs.

Arizona strikeouts (6): F.Lopez 2, J.Upton, Reynolds 2, G.Parra.

Kansas City strikeouts (7): Bloomquist 2, Butler 2, Jacobs, J.Guillen, Hulett.

Arizona IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Haren (W) 7   7   2   2   0   6   98   2.23

Zavada 1   2   0   0   1   1   20   0.00

Qualls 1   3   3   2   0   0   14   4.39

Kansas City IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Hochevar (L) 4   9   7   6   2   3   95   6.61

J.Wright 1   1   1   0   1   0   24   4.13

J.Cruz 2   4   2   2   1   1   39   5.67

Mahay 1   2   2   2   0   1   32   4.98

Soria 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   1.98

W: Haren, 6-4. L: Hochevar, 2-3. .

Hochevar pitched to 2 batters in the 5th. IR-S: J.Wright 2-2. WP: Hochevar, J.Wright, J.Cruz, Mahay. Umpires: Home, Dale Scott; first, Jerry Meals; second, Mike DiMuro; third, Ron Kulpa.

T: 3:11. A: 14,129 (38,177).

Marlins 2, Red Sox 1

BOSTON - Dan Uggla and Ronny Paulino homered in the second inning, and Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings before the game was called because of rain, giving Florida a victory over Boston.

Nolasco (3-6) limited Boston to Kevin Youkilis' homer in the first, striking out five for his first victory in five starts since May 8. The only other Red Sox batter to reach base was when David Ortiz hit a high popup that third baseman Emilio Bonifacio dropped for an error when he collided with Uggla behind second base.

The Marlins avoided a sweep in the interleague series after being outscored, 14-3, in the first two games.

One night after the Red Sox celebrated their 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park, rain kept thousands of ticketholders away - though it was still a sellout.

Florida 020 000 – 2 8 1

Boston 100 00x – 1 1 0

Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Boston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Coghlan lf 3   0   1   0   .274      Pedroia 2b 2   0   0   0   .299

Helms 1b 3   0   1   0   .250      J.Drew rf 2   0   0   0   .261

Ha.Ramirez ss 3   0   1   0   .325      Youkilis 1b 2   1   1   1   .324

Cantu dh 3   0   1   0   .276      Bay lf 2   0   0   0   .278

Uggla 2b 2   1   1   1   .218      D.Ortiz dh 2   0   0   0   .211

C.Ross cf 2   0   0   0   .264      Lowell 3b 2   0   0   0   .291

R.Paulino c 2   1   2   1   .296      Ellsbury cf 2   0   0   0   .307

B.Carroll rf 2   0   1   0   .289      Varitek c 2   0   0   0   .224

Bonifacio 3b 2   0   0   0   .244      N.Green ss 1   0   0   0   .291

Totals 22   2   8   2         Totals 17   1   1   1      

E: Bonifacio (12). LOB: Florida 5, Boston 1. HR: Uggla (12), off Lester; R.Paulino (4), off Lester; Youkilis (12), off Nolasco. RBIs: Uggla (41), R.Paulino (14), Youkilis (39). SB: Ellsbury (29). RLSP: Florida 3 (Cantu, Uggla 2); Boston 1 (Varitek). RA: Cantu.

Florida strikeouts (4): Helms 2, Ha.Ramirez, Bonifacio.

Boston strikeouts (5): J.Drew 2, Youkilis, Varitek, N.Green.

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Nolasco (W) 5   1   1   1   0   5   74   7.15

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Lester (L) 5   8   2   2   0   4   110   4.69

W: Nolasco, 3-6. L: Lester, 5-6. .

Lester pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. WP: Lester. Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; first, Phil Cuzzi; second, Tom Hallion; third, Jerry Crawford.

T: 1:44 (Rain delay: 2:10). A: 37,577 (37,373).