Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Morneau Out of Park Twice; Lopez is Grand for Nats

Tuesday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Justin Morneau (right) blasted a 2-run homer in the 4th inning and a 3-run shot in the 5th to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-1 win at Texas. Morneau, last season's AL MVP, also singled to go 3-4. Torii Hunter also added his 11th home run of the season, a 2-run job in the 8th in support of starter Johan Santana. The Minnesota ace worked 7 innings, allowing one earned run on Sammy Sosa's 10th homer. Santana gave up just 4 hits, walking 2 while striking out 13. Jim Thome went 3-3 with a single, a 2-run double in the 2nd and a 3-run home run (7) in the 4th inning to lead the White Sox to a 10-4 win over visiting Oakland. The win was the 2nd straight for the Sox over the A's, who will complete their 3-game set on Wednesday. Thome, who spent most of May on the DL, has started the last 2 games at DH. The Sox have won 3 straight overall and trail Cleveland by 3 1/2 games in the hotly-contested AL Central. Other AL Scores
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LA Angels 6 Detroit 3 - J. Lackey (W, 7-3), Angels up 5 1/2 in AL West Boston 7 NY Yankees 3 - M. Ramirez, 3-run HR (7) Toronto 6 Baltimore 4 - Blue Jays tied for 2nd in AL East with NY Seattle 5 Tampa Bay 2 Kansas City 4 Cleveland 3 - Royals 7-3 last 10 National League Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run #573 - tying him with Harmon Killebrew for #8 all-time - but Washington's light-hitting 2nd baseman, Felipe Lopez (right) had a bigger blast with his 3rd home run of the season (and 59th of his career) in the Nationals' 8-4 win at Cincinnati. Lopez snapped a 4-4 tie with a grand slam in the 8th inning after driving in a run with a double in the 3rd and another on a ground out in the 5th, for a 3-6, 5 RBI night with 2 runs scored. The win was Washington's 6th on the road this season, against 16 losses, still the worst road record in the majors. The Reds dropped into last place in the NL Central, 10 games back of Milwaukee. Other NL Scores Florida 5 Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 8 NY Mets 1 - Braves trail NY by 1 1/2 in NL East St. Louis 9 Pittsburgh 4 San Francisco 4 Houston 2 - B. Bonds, 0-2, no HRs in last 12 games San Diego 5 Chicago Cubs 1 - J. Peavy (W, 6-1) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Colorado 3 Arizona 1 LA Dodgers 3 Milwaukee 2 - R. Wolf (W, 6-3), LA maintains 1/2-gm. lead over Padres in NL West

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