Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Molina Leaves Yard Twice in 5th; Sizemore, Hafner Lead Tribe

Monday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner (right) were at it again Monday night. Sizemore singled, doubled, stole a base, drove in 2 and scored a run and Hafner blasted his 7th homer of the season - an 8th inning grand slam - to ruin the Baltimore Orioles, 10-1, for a split of their 4-game series at Camden Yards. Starter Fausto Carmona stymied the O's on 7 hits over 7 innings to improve his record to 3-1. The Indians regained a 1/2-game lead in the AL Central over idle Detroit with the win. Other AL Scores Seattle 3 NY Yankees 2 - A. Beltre, GW HR (5), 9th inning, M. Rivera, (L , 1-3) National League The San Francisco Giants scored all of their runs in a crucial 5th inning, as Bengie Molina (right) cracked a pair of homers and drove in 5 runs to humble the NY Mets 9-4. Molina began the barrage with a shot to left center after Mets' starter Oliver Perez walked Ray Durham to open the inning. Then, after getting two outs, 2nd baseman Damion Easley mishandled what would have been Randy Winn's inning-ending ground ball and the game got out of hand as the Giants scored 6 unearned runs, the last 3 coming off Molina's bat with Durham and Barry Bonds aboard. Barry Zito allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs over 6 innings to even his record at 3-3. Brad Penny had everything working in Miami Monday night. Not only did he strike out 14 Marlins over 7 innings, he allowed just 5 hits, no earned runs, didn't walk a batter and even drove in a pair of runs with a single in the 4th inning.
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Penny and the Dodgers coasted to a 6-1 win to open their 4-game series with Florida and remain a game in front of San Diego in the NL West. Chris Capuano got his 5th win without a loss and the Milwaukee Brewers extended to a 5 1/2-game lead over the idle Cubs with a 3-0 win over visiting Washington. Capuano worked the Nationals over 8 innings, allowing 7 hits and no walks while striking out 9. Francisco Cordero finished up with a hitless 9th inning for his MLB-best 13th save. Geoff Jenkins provided all of the Brewers' offense with his 6th home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the 2nd. Adrian Gonzalez belted his 9th home run of the season - a solo shot in the 2nd inning - and recorded his 29th RBI, tying him with Houston's Carlos Lee, as the Padres kept pace with the Dodgers in the NL West with a 4-2 victory at Atlanta. Other NL Scores Houston 5 Cincinnati 4 - A. Dunn, HR (9) Arizona 4 Philadelphia 3 - J. Valverde, S (12) Colorado 3 St. Louis 2 - Cardinals, 3-7 last 10, O-6 vs. NL East, NL West

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