Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wells Powers Jays over Boston; Maholm blanks Astros

Tuesday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Vernon Wells (right) started off the night with a solo home run in the 1st and stroked three singles to finish the night 4-5 with 3 RBI, 4 runs scored and a stolen base in Toronto's 10-4 romp over the visiting Red Sox. The Blue Jays took both of the two-game set with the NL East-leading Sox. Roy Halladay turned in 8 innings, allowing 3 earned runs for his 3rd win of the season without a loss. The road-weary New York Yankees dropped their 5th straight game and Alex Rodriguez's 23-game hitting streak ended as Carl Crawford (right) rallied Tampa Bay to a 6-4 win with a 7th inning grand slam off reliever Mike Myers. The blast was the first slam of Crawford's career and his 4th home run of the season. In addition to the 4 RBI, Crawford went 4-4, scored twice and stole a base. Relief pitcher Joakim Soria allowed the White Sox to break up a 7-7 tie with a pair of 9th inning runs off his own throwing error and a wild pitch for a 9-7 road Chicago road win. Chicago took both games in KC and share first place in the AL Central with Minnesota at 11-8. Bobby Jenks worked a hitless 9th for his major league-leading 8th save. Other AL Scores LA Angels 9 Detroit 8, 10 innings - M. Ordonez, 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR (3) Oakland 4 Baltimore 2 - D. Braden (W, 1-0), 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K Cleveland 5 Minnesota 3 National League Paul Maholm (right) twirled a dandy 3-hit shutout for his first win of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates held their own at home over Houston, 3-0. Maholm threw just 99 pitches, getting 64 over for strikes, fanning 4 while issuing a lone walk. Maholm allowed just three singles, two by Astros leadoff man Craig Biggio, and did not allow a runner to reach 2nd base, retiring the last 12 batters in order. The Astros have lost 4 straight. Jeff Suppan scattered 8 hits over 8 innings without allowing a run and the Brewers extended their NL Central lead to 3 games in a 4-1 win at Chicago. Prince Fielder provided all the offense Suppan would need for his 3rd win of the season with his 5th homer, a two-run, 4th inning blast to right. Adrian Gonzalez stroked his sixth home run of the season and went 3-3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored and Khalil Green was 4-5 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBI, leading the Padres to a 10-5 win at Arizona. San Diego trails the Dodgers by 1 game in the NL West. Ken Griffey Jr. took over sole possession of 10th place on the MLB all-time home run list with his 1st of the season and 564th of his career as the Cincinnati Reds pummeled the Cardinals, 10-3 in St. Louis. Aaron Harang struck out 5 over 7 2/3 innings for his 3rd win of the season without a loss. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who entered the season with a mere 90 career round-trippers, knocked his first two of 2007 to drive in five runs. Gonzalez also doubled, singled and scored 4 times. Other NL Scores Philadelphia 6 Washington 3 NY Mets 2 Colorado 1, 12 innings - E. Chavez, GW bunt single Atlanta 11 Florida 6 - J. Francoeur, 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 R; C. Ross, 5 RBI, HR (3) San Francisco 5 LA Dodgers 3 - M. Morris (W, 3-0)

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