Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hamels Fans Fifteen; Big Papi Powers BoSox over Yanks

Saturday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League David Ortiz (right) hit a 2-run homer and drove in two more with a double, helping the Boston Red Sox win the 2nd game of their 3-game series with the Yankees in Boston. The Sox will have the chance to complete the sweep tonight at Fenway. Carlos Guillen delivered a 1st inning grand slam, but the Tigers could manage only one more run against Jose Contreras and five Chicago relievers, losing their 3rd straight, 7-5, at home. Bobby Jenks earned his 6th save for the White Sox. Other AL Scores Minnesota 7 Kansas City 5 - J. Nathan, S (6) Baltimore 5 Toronto 2 LA Angels 7 Seattle 6 - B. Broussard GS HR (1) Texas 7 Oakland 0 - WP, K. Loe (1-0) Tampa Bay 6 Cleveland 5 National League Philadelphia's Cole Hamels (right) struck out 15 in a 4-1 complete game win at Cincinnati, allowing just one earned run on Jeff Conine's 2nd inning home run. Hamels, who gave up 5 hits and walked two, threw 115 pitches (82 for strikes), struck out the side in the 1st and got all three outs in the 8th on strikeouts despite 2 hits in the inning, and recorded a strikeout in every frame except the 5th, when the Phillies turned a triple play. Hamels improved to 2-0. Carlos Beltran doubled, tripled and singled twice in 5 at-bats, drove in 2 runs and scored twice to help the Mets to a 7-2 home win over Atlanta. Beltran boosted his league-leading batting average to .385 as the Mets took back 1st place in the NL East from the Braves. The teams have split the first two games of their series, with the rubber game this afternoon at Shea. Catcher Russell Martin stroked a walk-off grand slam homer in the 10th inning to lead the Dodgers to a 7-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh. It was Martin's 2nd home run of the season, and kept the Dodgers 2 games ahead of the San Diego Padres in the NL West. Jason Marquis shut out his former teammates for 7 innings as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-0 at Wrigley Field. Marquis (2-1) allowed 7 hits, struck out 5 and didn't give up a walk. Will Ohman pitched the 8th and 9th without allowing a hit. Barry Zito struck out 5, walked 3 and gave up 4 hits in a scoreless 7 1/3 innings to lead the Giants to a 1-0 win over Arizona. The only run of the game came off the bat of Barry Bonds, who belted his 5th home run of the season in the 2nd inning. Zito (2-2) extended his scoreless streak to 13 1/3 innings. J. J. Hardy hit two homers - a solo shot and 2-run blast - to help starter Chris Capuano improve to 3-0 and put the Brewers back in first place in the NL Central with a 6-4 win over the visiting Astros. The teams have split the first two games of their series. The winner of this afternoon's rubber game will have sole possession of first place in the division. Other NL Scores San Diego 7 Colorado 3 - M. Giles 4-5 Florida 9 Washington 3

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