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Pavano throws 4-hitter to beat Halladay, Phils 4-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carl Pavano pitched a four-hitter, and Justin Morneau and Denard Span homered to lead the Minnesota Twins past Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Sunday.

Pavano (8-6) won his third straight start while snapping a three-game road losing streak. The right-hander struck out two and walked none in his ninth career complete game and second this season.

The only run Pavano allowed came on Wilson Valdez's sixth-inning homer. He retired the next 13 batters before Ryan Howard's two-out single in the ninth.

Jason Kubel and Joe Mauer had RBI singles for the AL Central leaders, who pounded out 11 hits off Halladay and took the final two games of the three-game series. Minnesota rallied from a five-run deficit in the ninth inning Saturday and won in the 11th.

Halladay (8-6) lost his third straight start, giving up a season high in hits while striking out eight and walking none in eight innings. In his last two starts, the right-hander has yielded 10 runs (nine earned) and 19 hits, including five homers, in 14 innings.

Halladay didn't get much help from his offense, which appeared to be snapping out of its funk by scoring 32 runs in its last four games after averaging 2.4 runs during a 6-15 stretch. Besides Valdez's homer and Howard's hit, the Phillies got only a pair of fourth-inning singles by Placido Polanco and Chase Utley.

Mauer's RBI single in the first inning scored Orlando Hudson. The Twins extended the advantage to two runs with Span's one-out homer to right in the fifth.

Valdez pulled the Phillies within 2-1 in the bottom half by hitting a home run to left for the second straight day. It marked a surprising power surge for Valdez, who homered once in his first 451 major league at-bats before connecting twice in his next six.

Minnesota, however, got the run back in the sixth when Morneau scored on Kubel's single to right.

Morneau reached second in strange fashion. He singled to center, took a big turn around first and raced to second when Shane Victorino threw behind him trying to get him out at first. Victorino was charged with an error on the play.

Kubel went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games while possibly solving Halladay. Kubel entered 1 for 17 against the ace right-hander.

Morneau's solo homer to right in the eighth made it 4-1.

NOTES: Minnesota OF Delmon Young has hit safely in 15 of 16 games after going 1 for 4 with a second-inning double. ... Pavano's second-inning single was his first hit since 2004 with Florida. He had been hitless in his last nine at-bats. ... Minnesota, which made its first trip to Citizens Bank Park, improved to 139-101 in interleague play.