Monday, April 9, 2007

Ortiz, Gonzalez Both Blast a Pair

Sunday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League David Ortiz hit his first two homers of the season in the 1st and 3rd innings off Texas starter Vicente Padilla, and Boston's Curt Schilling made them hold up for a 3-2 Red Sox win. Ortiz crunched a solo shot in the first and followed that up with a 2-run dinger in the third. After a slow start, Ortiz raised his batting average to a still-unrespectable .217. Schilling leveled his record at 1-1 with a 4 hit, 1 walk, 6 K, 7-inning outing, yielding only 1 run, that, on Frank Catalanotto's solo homer in the bottom of the first. Johan Santana shut out the White Sox on one hit over 7 innings, and Justin Morneau cracked a three-run shot in the 4th inning to provide all the offense the Twins needed for the 3-1 road win. Santana, who improved to 2-0, struck out 9 and walked 3 batters. National League Arizona's Livan Hernandez blanked the Nationals on 3 hits over 7 innings, getting his first win of the season, 3-1, at Washington, striking out 1 and walking 3. Craig Counsel rapped 3 hits in 5 at-bats, including a bases-loaded triple in the 8th inning, pacing Milwaukee over the Chicago Cubs, 9-4. The Brewers managed to avoid being swept at home by the Cubs, who had taken the first two games of the series, 9-3 and 6-3. The Cardinals' Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, who bat 3-4 in the lineup, finally found their hitting strokes and helped deliver a 10-1 decision at Houston. Pujols hit his first homer of the season and drove in his first runs with a two-run shot in the third inning. He went 2-5, scored 3 times and raised his batting average to .136 (3-22). Rolen, who boosted his batting average to .182, had a single and base-loaded double in 5 at-bats, good for 4 RBI. The LA Dodgers knew they needed some pop in the middle of their lineup, and that why they picked up Luis Gonzalez from Arizona in the off-season. Gonzalez belted a solo homer in the 2nd and a three run shot in the 7th, drove in 4 runs and scored 3 times in LA's 10-4 win over the Giants. The Dodgers completed the road sweep in San Francisco, having beaten the Giants, 2-1 and 4-1 on Friday and Saturday. Giants' starter Barry Zito (0-2) was significantly roughed up by the Dodgers, who hammered him for 8 earned runs over 6 innings, with 9 hits and 3 walks. Zito's ERA ballooned to 8.18.

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