Saturday, May 5, 2007

Ibanez Helps Mariners Sink Yanks; Hardy Leads Brew Crew; Lee at .422

Friday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Raul Ibanez (right) stroked 4 singles in six at-bats, scored twice and drove in 2 runs, while teammate Jose Lopez cracked a 2-run homer, drove in 2 more with a single and scored twice in 5 at-bats as the Seattle Mariners knocked off the NY Yankees in New York, 15-11. The Mariners put together an 8-run 5th inning in which they retired starter Kei Igawa, and damaged the reputations of relievers Colter Bean and Luis Vizcaino, sending 13 batters to the plate. To make the night completely awful for the Yanks, Derek Jeter went 0-6, ending his 20-game hitting streak. Nick Swisher's 2-out, 3-run homer in the top of the 9th, snapped a 2-2 tie and the Oakland A's went on to win the first of a 3-game series at Tampa Bay, 5-2. Swisher had earlier knocked in another run with a double and finished 2-4 with 4 RBI. Dan Haren worked 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 9 and did not walk a batter. Reliever Justin Duchscherer (3-1) got the win and closer Huston Street picked up his 8th save. Tim Wakefield threw 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks and the Boston bullpen finished the job for a 2-0 road win at Minnesota.
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Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a pair of singles. For good measure, Hunter stole his 7th base of the season. Hank Blalock went 3-4 with a 2-run homer, drove in 3 and scored twice as the Texas Rangers defeated visiting Toronto, 7-1, in the first of their 3-game weekend series. Other AL Scores Baltimore 3 Cleveland 2, 10 innings LA Angels 5 Chicago White Sox 1 - Angels, 4 SB Detroit 6 Kansas City 3 National League The Brewers were feeling some heat from Pittsburgh and they responded with a 10-0 win in the 2nd of their 4-game set at Milwaukee. J. J. Hardy (right) provided more than enough offensive fireworks with a 4-5 night, including his 7th home run. Hardy drove in 3 and scored twice. Starter Claudio Vargas worked 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4. A trio of Brewer relievers finished the whitewash as Milwaukee remained 5 games ahead of the Cubs and pushed the Pirates into 3rd place, 5 1/2 back in the AL Central. Derrek Lee extended his hitting streak to 12 games and raised his batting average to a gaudy .422 with a single and his 2nd homer in 3 at-bats as the Cubs knocked off the visiting Nationals, 6-4. Alfonso Soriano hit safely in his 13th straight game, going 2-5. John Smoltz shut out the Dodgers on 6 hits over 7 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2, to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 win over the visiting LA Dodgers.
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Smoltz improved to 4-1, and kept the Braves tied for first place with the Mets in the NL East. Jose Reyes singled 3 times in 4 at-bats, drove in a run, scored one and stole his major league best 18th base, helping John Maine get to 5-0 with a 5-3 win at Arizona. The win kept the Mets tied for first with the Braves in the NL East. Maine threw six innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out 7 and walking a batter. His ERA is a miniscule 1.37. Other NL Scores Colorado 6 Cincinnati 5, 11 innings Florida 5, San Diego 4 - H. Ramirez, 4-5 St. Louis 3, Houston 2 - A. Pujols, 12-gm. hit streak San Francisco 6 Philadelphia 2

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