Saturday, May 12, 2007

Peavy Punches Out 10 for Padres; Guillen Powers Tigers, 7-3

Friday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Gary Sheffield hit a solo home run in the 1st inning, singled twice and scored 3 times in 5 at-bats, and Carlos Guillen (right) singled, tripled, homered and drove in 4 runs in 5 trips to the plate as the Detroit Tigers extended their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games with a 7-3 win over Johan Santana at Minnesota. Jarrod Washburn shut out the Yankees on 5 hits and a walk over 8 innings and J.J. Putz pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 8th save and a 3-0 win in Seattle. Washburn evened his season record at 3-3, struck out 6 and lowered his ERA to 2.54. Other AL Scores Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 1 - Blue Jays snap 9-gm. losing streak Baltimore 6 Boston 3 - O's, 4 straight Ws, 2nd AL East, 6 behind Boston LA Angels 6 Texas 3 - J. Lackey (W, 5-3) Oakland 8 Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 2 Kansas City 1 - J. Garland (W, 2-2) National League San Diego's Jake Peavy (5-1, right) is on one heck of a roll. On Friday, he treated 38,901 Padres fans to 7 innings of shutout ball, limiting the St. Louis Cardinal hitters to just 3 base hits and a pair of walks, striking out 10, as the Padres won 7-0. While Peavy was working mound magic, Russell Branyan, who's played on 5 different teams in 10 years, pounded two 2-run homers and added a single in 4 at-bats to juice the offense. Peavy has struck out 10 or more batters in each of his last 4 starts, and threw a 1-hitter (over 7 innings) last time out. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 innings, sports a 1.52 ERA (2nd in the NL), a 1.09 WHIP, is tied for most wins in the National League and leads the majors in strikeouts with 66. The Padres are locked into a NL West battle with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Giants, all 4 teams separated by just 2 1/2 games. LA leads with a 1 1/2-game edge over Arizona, with San Diego in third, 2 back, followed by San Fran. The LA Dodgers bested visiting Cincinnati, 2-0, as Randy Wolf shut down the Reds on 4 hits over seven innings, striking out 11 without walking a batter. Reliever Jonathan Broxton worked the 8th and closer Takashi Saito took over in the 9th for his 11th save. David Wright, Carlos Delgado and Damion Easley each hit solo home runs as the Mets held off Milwaukee, 5-4, at Shea Stadium, ending the Brewers' 6-game win streak. The Mets closed to 1/2 game of Atlanta in the NL East and Milwaukee remained 7 games up on the Cubs in the Central. Pat Burrell cranked out a pair of homers - a 3-run shot in the 4th and a 2-run dinger in the 6th - went 3-4 and drove in 5 runs as the Phillies battered the visiting Cubs, 7-2. Starter Cole Hamels picked up his 5th win against just one loss, working 7 innings, allowing the Cubs 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while fanning 7. Chris B. Young knocked his 5th and 6th home runs, both solo shots and added a double in support of Brandon Webb's complete game 6-hitter as the D-Backs won, 3-1, at Houston. Webb struck out 10, improving to 3-2. Other NL Scores Washington 6 Florida 0 - Nationals, 5 pitchers combine for 4-hit shutout San Francisco 8 Colorado 3 Atlanta 4 Pittsburgh 1

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