Friday, April 27, 2007

Giants Win 8th Straight; Yankees in Last Place

Thursday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League A.J. Burnett (right) allowed 4 singles and 4 walks over 7 scoreless innings and a pair of relievers completed the job, sending the slumping NY Yankees to their sixth straight loss and a tie for last place in the AL East with a 6-0 whitewash. The Yankees will try to end their streak by hosting the the team that started it last weekend, the Boston Red Sox, in a 3-game series starting Friday. Josh Beckett became the first pitcher in the majors to win 5 games, giving up 2 earned runs on 8 hits without issuing a walk in Boston's 5-2 win at Baltimore. Beckett got all the support he would need in the 8th inning when Wily Mo Pena banged out a grand slam homer. Jonathon Papelbon set down the O's in the 8th for his 7th save. Beckett, who has yet to suffer a loss, dropped his ERA down to 2.48. Other AL Scores Cleveland 9 Texas 4 - S. Sosa 2 HR (6) Minnesota 1 Kansas City 0, 11 innings - B. Bonser, 5 IP, 0 ER, 8 K, 7 BB Seattle 4 Oakland 2 LA Angels 11 Tampa Bay 3 - V. Guerrero, HR (6), LA 11-3 home, 1-7 road National League After opening the season 8-4, the San Francisco Giants won their 8th straight game last night, a come-from-behind road win over the Dodgers, tying them for first place n the NL West. The 5-4 win was highlighted by Ray Durham's 8th inning double, unknotting a 3-3 tie. Durham later scored the eventual game-winner on Benji Molina's single. Armando Benitez picked up his 7th save, completing the 3-game sweep of the Dodgers. The streaking Giants return home for a three-game set with Arizona beginning Friday. Tony Clark socked a pair of homers and drove in 3 runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-4 win and a 2-1split over the visiting San Diego Padres.
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The homers were Clark's 3rd and 4th of the season, and second multi-home run game of the season. Clark hit a pair on April 15 in a 6-4 win over Colorado. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 5 Houston 3 - M. Loretta, 4-4, SB (1), Pirates sweep 3 from Astros St. Louis 7 Cincinnati 5 Washington 4 Philadelphia 2

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