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OAKLAND, Reuters

Tim Hudson pitched a complete game five hit shutout as the Oakland Athletics continued their domination in Interleague play, defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Sunday.

The A’s won two of three games in the series to finish Interleague play this year with a 16-2 record, the best in the majors.

Both of those losses were to their bay area rivals.

Oakland is 66 38 all-time in Interleague play, also the best mark in the major leagues.

Hudson (6-7) notched his third career shutout with one strikeout and three walks, while retiring 15 of 16 batters at one point.

It was his eighth career complete game as he improved his Interleague record to 3-0 this season and 8-1 lifetime.

Scott Hatteberg had three hits and three RBI for the Athletics, while Miguel Tejada had two hits and drove in a run. Mark Ellis added two hits to the Oakland attack.

Russ Ortiz (6-5) went five-plus innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Jeff Kent had two hits for the Giants. Super Schilling In other Interleague play, Curt Schilling pitched a complete game to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the Indians at Cleveland.

Schilling, who earned his major league-leading 13th win, allowed two runs and five hits while striking out five and walking one.

The Diamondbacks staked Schilling to a three-run lead in the first inning, capped by a two-run single by Damian Miller.

Junior Spivey added his ninth homer, a solo shot, in the fifth inning.

At New York, Andy Pettitte tossed a three-hitter as the Yankees took two of three in their series against the cross-town Mets, winning 8-0 at Yankee Stadium.

John Vander Wal and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back homers in the third inning off Steve Trachsal (7-5) to spark the Yankee offense.

Pettitte (2-2) struck out eight and walked two in a dominating effort as he attempts to come back after arm problems earlier this season. Boston blitzed Keith Lockhart drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the 10th inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.

Mike Remlinger improved to 5-0 after retiring the side in the ninth inning.

Javy Lopez hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning for the Braves Brian Daubach, Trot Nixon and Nomar Garciaparra all hit solo homers for the Red Sox.

At Toronto, Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to pace the Blue Jays to a 7-5 win over the Montreal Expos in the finale of the three-game series between the Canadian rivals.

Dave Berg also homered, his fourth of the season in the fourth inning, for the Blue Jays.

At Tampa Bay, designated hitter Brent Abernathy drove in the winning run with a 12th inning single to lift the Devil Rays to a 6-5 win over the Florida Marlins.

Esteban Yan (4-3) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 12th inning.

Vladimir Nunez dropped to 4-3 after giving up three hits and the game-winning run in the 12th inning. Rocking Rolen At Baltimore, Scott Rolen drove in three runs and scored the game-winner on a fielding error in the sixth inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-5 win over the Orioles.

Tony Batista homered to help the Orioles to a four-run lead after three innings before the Phillies rallied for the win.

In Chicago, Mark Bellhorn became the first Cub to homer from both sides of the plate in over 35 years, leading the Cubs to a 9-2 win over the White Sox in the battle of Chicago at Comisky Park.

Matt Clement held the White Sox scoreless through eight innings before Magglio Ordonez hit a two run double in the ninth inning.

At Minnesota, Cristian Guzman scored the game-winning run on a balk in the eighth inning as the Twins edged the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.

Eric Milton improved to 9-6 after holding the Brewers to two runs and four hits while striking out eight batters in eight innings.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth to earn his 24th save. Pirates plunder At Detroit, Chad Hermansen cashed in the winning run with a seventh-inning double and Brian Giles racked up his 19th homer of the season to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Tigers.

Kris Benson won his second start in a row after holding the Tigers to one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

At Kansas City, Raul Ibanez hit his sixth homer of the year and drove in four runs to pace the Royals to a 13-1 thumping of the San Diego Padres.

Joe Rand also homered and drove in the three runs in the win for the Royals, who have won five of their past six games. Mariners edged At Seattle, Bobby Estalella’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning gave the Colorado Rockies a 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Kazuhiro Sasaki (2-2) gave up two runs on two hits in the ninth after allowing just one earned run in his previous 28 relief appearances.

Todd Hollandsworth’s RBI double in ninth tied the score. Larry Walker paced the Rockies’ 14-hit attack with four hits.

At Anaheim, Benji Gil hit a three-run homer to lead the Anaheim Angels past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1.

John Lackey (1-1) went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk to pick up the win.

Ben Weber tossed three hitless innings of relief to earn his first save.

The scheduled game between Texas and Houston at Arlington was postponed due to rain. It will be played on September 2, originally a travel day for both teams.