Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Kotchman Slams Rangers, Millwood; Wright Propels Mets to 1st

Monday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Casey Kotchman (right) got the LA Angels off to a flying start in the last of their 4-game series at Texas with a grand slam home run off Rangers' starter Kevin Millwood. The Angels went on to win, 7-3, taking 3 of 4 from the Rangers. Kotchman walked in 3 consequent plate appearances and scored another run in the 3rd. Millwood had already departed, suffering an apparent hamstring injury in the second inning. Normally, Julio Lugo is expected to score runs from his leadoff position, but Monday, the Red Sox shortstop provided all the offense needed with a bases-loaded triple as Daisuke Matsuzaka hurled his first major league complete game in the Sox's 7-1 win over visiting Detroit. Dice-K gave up just 6 hits and 1 earned run, that a home run off the bat of Detroit's Curtis Granderson, while striking out 5 without walking a batter. Other AL Scores Toronto 5 Baltimore 3 Kansas City 2 Oakland 1 National League David Wright, (right) who socked a 2-run homer in the 4th inning and scored the game-tying run in the 6th, stood in the on-deck circle and watched Carlos Delgado take ball four and force Jose Reyes in with the winning run with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets won 5-4 over the visiting Chicago Cubs. Wright's home run was his 4th of the season and he also singled, going 3-4 for the night. Michael Wuertz, who suffered the loss for Chicago, allowed a hit and 3 walks in a fitful 2/3rds of the 9th inning. Reyes, 5th in the NL with a .338 batting average, also stole a couple more bases to up his league-leading total to 23.
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The Mets took a 1/2-game lead on the Braves in the NL East as Atlanta lost at Washington, 2-1. In that game, Nationals' starter, Jason Bergmann had a no-hitter through seven innings, but gave up a solo home run to Brian McCann to lead off the 8th. Bergmann finished the inning, allowing a single to pinch hitter Matt Diaz, but suffered no further damage. The win was Bergmann's first as a major leaguer. He struck out 10 and walked just 1. Jesus Colome worked the 9th for his 1st save of 2007. Tom Gorzelanny sliced through the Florida Marlins, allowing just 5 hits in 7 scoreless innings as the Pirates sent the visiting Marlins to their 4th straight loss. Gorzelanny, in his first full season as a starter, has been a pleasant surprise for Pittsburgh, racking up a 5-2 record in 8 starts with an ERA of 2.36. Maybe the Milwaukee Brewers are cooling off, or maybe all the other teams in the National League just aren't about ready to concede the Central Division to them. The Brewers lost for the 3rd time in their last 4 games, dropping a 8-6 decision in Philadelphia. The Phillies scored 6 times in the 8th inning off the Milwaukee bullpen. Other NL Scores San Diego 7, Cincinnati 1 - G. Maddux (W, 3-2) 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K St. Louis 8 LA Dodgers 4

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