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Zaun Getting Back In A Groove After Coming Back From Concussion

Gregg Zaun hit his first homer since May 24. He added two singles, a run scored on an Aaron Hill double and a walk.

"It's been a grind since I came back from the injury," Zaun said. "I ran into a couple of hits right when I came back. I just managed to grind out a few cheap hits here and there."

Toronto's catcher had been struggling to find the same swing that had his season off to a good start before he suffered a concussion against the White Sox on May 8. While trying to break up a double play, Zaun collided with Chicago second baseman Pedro Lopez and had to be sent to the disabled list for two weeks.

Zaun was batting .275 before the injury and has seen his average drop to .253 since coming back.

"That happens," Zaun explained. "During the course of a long season you're going to get out of kilter and for me the injury -- two weeks off -- that might have been enough to get me far enough out of whack to where I wasn't getting any hits. I hadn't felt like myself at the plate in a long time."

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Oswalt's Two-Hitter Gives Houston Their Fifth Straight Win

Oswalt pitched his first career two-hitter, leading the Houston Astros over the Blue Jays 3-0 Sunday in the quickest game in Minute Maid Park history.

Oswalt (7-7) retired 24 of the final 25 batters he faced and needed only 88 pitches for his sixth straight home win. The game took just 1 hour, 50 minutes.

"They just kept attacking and I just tried to keep the ball down and today it worked," Oswalt said. "When you come into the league and they haven't seen you, you can do things they haven't seen before. I threw a lot of strikes. It's never easy. The best thing is it was a short game."

Oswalt pitched his second complete game of the season and seventh of his career. He struck out three and walked none in the Astros' season-high fifth straight victory.

Jason Lane homered for the Astros, who completed their third series sweep of the season and won for the 11th time in 16 games.

"Any time Roy throws like that, it's nice to be out there," Lane said. "It's nice to get right back in the dugout. When you have to stay in the field a long time sometimes you get stale, but Roy's tempo is just amazing. It was nice to get him one run early because he was throwing great."


Halladay Ends A's Season-Long Win Streak

Roy Halladay led the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

"He put an end to it. Boom! It's over," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "They had a little something going there. But he has that hard sinker that can get groundballs."

Halladay allowed one run and six hits in seven innings to earn his AL-leading ninth win as Toronto snapped Oakland's season-high four-game winning streak.


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