Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Beltre Bombs Batter Angels; Loshe Ends Pirates' Plunder

American League Fresh off a 3-game sweep of Detroit, the Cleveland Indians flew into Boston and were promptly put in their place by the high-flying Red Sox, who handed them a 5-3 loss. Curt Schilling (5-2) struck out 10 and gave up only 1 run on 6 hits over 7 innings, Manny Ramirez knocked his 8th homer and Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 20 games. The Sox are 35-15, including 8-3 against Central division foes and lead the AL East by 11 1/2 games. Cleveland has two more games at Fenway, Tuesday and Wednesday. Adrian Beltre (right), dropped to 7th in the Seattle lineup, blasted a 2-run homer in the 6th inning and a solo shot in the 7th, doubled twice, drove n 3 and scored 3 times in 5 at-bats as the Mariners closed the gap in the West with a 12-5 win at 1st place LA. Richie Sexson contributed a 3-run shot (7) and Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Seattle has won 4 straight and have clawed to within 3 1/2 games of the Angels. The NY Yankees fell into a tie for last place in the AL East with a 7-2 loss at Toronto as they began a 10-game road trip and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays squeaked out a 6-5 win over visiting Detroit. Catcher Ramon Hernandez swatted a grand slam in the 4th inning and singled and scored in the 6th to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-1 laugher at Kansas City. Steve Traschel (4-3) pitched all 9 innings for the O's, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks. The O's have won 3 straight and are in 2nd place in the East, chasing the Red Sox. Other AL Scores Minnesota 10 Chi White Sox 4 - J. Santana (W, 6-4), 8 IP, 8 K Oakland 5 Texas 3 - C. Gaudin, (W, 5-1) National League The Cincinnati Reds were getting tired of seeing the Pirates beat up on their pitching staff, but pitcher Kyle Lohse (right) took matters into his own hands, shutting down the Pirates with a 6-hit complete game shutout in a 4-0 Reds' whitewash. Lohse (2-6), was in control all day, allowing just one extra-base hit - a 2nd inning Jason Bay triple - without walking a batter, though he didn't record a single strikeout. The Reds (19-33) had lost 6 straight and are in last place in the NL Central, 9 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates had won the first 3 games of the series at Cincy by a combined 33-19 score. Speaking of the Brewers, their recent slide is reaching crisis proportions. Though they still retain a 5-game bulge in the NL Central, their 2-1 loss at Atlanta on Monday was their 6th straight and 13th in their last 17. Two of the National League's hottest teams - the Phillies and Diamondbacks - got together for the first game of a 3-game series in Philadelphia on Monday, with the D-Backs coming away with a 5-4 win.
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First baseman Conor Jackson provided almost all of the offense, banging a 2-run homer in the 1st inning off starter Freddie Garcia and later doubling home a pair in the 9th. Jackson also singled, finishing the day 3-5. Arizona won their 5th straight and 8th of their last 10. At 30 up and 23 down, they trail the Padres and Dodgers by just 1/2 game in the West. Arizona's win snapped Philly's 3-game win streak, a sweep of Atlanta, and kept them 7 games back of the Mets in the East. Other NL Scores Florida 5 Chi Cubs 3 Colorado 6 St. Louis 2 - Rockies, 6-gm. win streak

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