BOSTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Aaron Laffey threw seven shutout innings Friday and the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak, downing Boston 6-1.
The Blue Jays cooled off the Boston bats after the Red Sox had won four out of five. Boston had averaged six runs a game in its previous five outings.
Laffey (2-1) made only his fifth start of the season and gave up eight hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Darren Oliver worked the eighth and Casey Janssen gave up the only Boston run in the ninth.
Toronto opened the scoring when a fielder's choice grounder by Edwin Encarnacion drove in Colby Rasmus. Encarnacion came in later in the inning on a single by J.P. Arencibia.
Rasmus delivered a two-run double in the second to build on the Toronto lead.
Crawford's grand slam lifts Giants
PHILADELPHIA, July 20 (UPI) -- A grand slam homer by Brandon Crawford highlighted a five-run sixth inning Friday that boosted the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
The disappointing Phillies dropped their second in a row and fell a dozen games below .500.
It was a 1-1 contest heading into the sixth, but the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out and Pablo Sandoval drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Nate Schierholtz then drew a walk to again fill the bases and Crawford followed with his third home run of the season off starter Vance Worley (5-6).
Crawford also had an RBI single in the eighth.
Tim Lincecum benefited from Crawford's blast to get his first victory of the month. Lincecum (4-10) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Tour cyclist Schleck's B sample also fails
BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France, July 20 (UPI) -- The International Cycling Union said Friday a second sample confirmed elite cyclist Frank Schleck of Luxembourg failed a doping test.
The organization initially informed Schleck Tuesday that a urine sample collected from him last weekend showed the presence of Xipamide, a diuretic. The results from his B sample produced the same outcome.
The union will now begin a disciplinary case against Schleck, who finished third in the Tour de France last year and was running 12th this year before his team, RadioShack-Nissan, pulled him from the competition after the first results came back positive for a banned substance.
Haas still going strong in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany, July 20 (UPI) -- Hometown wild-card entrant Tommy Haas on Friday posted his second consecutive upset and advanced to the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.
Haas, born in Hamburg, ousted seventh-seeded Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-4 with a solid service game. Haas didn't drop serve, saving all three of Mayer's break-point opportunities.
Haas in the second round defeated second-seeded and defending champion Gilles Simon.
He goes against a third seeded player Saturday in the semifinals as fourth-seeded Marin Cilic finished Friday's play with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) decision over Albert Ramos. Both players had two breaks in the seesaw second set but Cilic managed to win the last two points of the tiebreaker.
No. 1-seeded Nicolas Almagro, who lost to Simon in last year's tournament finals, got by sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5 with five breaks and third-seeded Juan Monaco was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Jeremy Chardy in the other quarterfinals.
Almagro is 4-2 lifetime versus Monaco. Cilic beat Haas earlier this year in the semifinals in Munich to even their career series at 1-1.
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