Sunday, May 20, 2007

Red Sox, Braves Trade Beatings; Wright Doubles Mets' Pleasure

Note: During Interleague play, home teams are reported by league. Saturday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Flip-flopping in Beantown The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves played a double-header on Saturday due to a Friday rainout and the two games could not have been more dissimilar. The only thing they had in common was a decidedly one-sided attribute as the Red Sox won the opener, 13-3, before Atlanta came back with a 14-0 blanking in the nightcap. In the first game, Mike Lowell (right) was the hitting star, with a grand slam home run, a double and 2 singles in 5 at-bats, tallying 5 RBI and scoring twice. The Sox blasted 4 homers off 3 different Braves' pitchers. Revenge was sweet and swift in the 2nd game, as Chipper Jones knocked out his 12th home run in the 1st inning and leadoff 2nd baseman Kelly Johnson doubled, tripled and hit a 2-run home run, driving in 5 runs. The Braves didn't need that much offense as John Smoltz worked his mound magic over 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while fanning 7. A pair of relievers worked the 8th and 9th to preserve the shutout. Other AL Scores
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Seattle 7 San Diego 4 Detroit 8 St. Louis 7 - T. Jones, S (14) Cincinnati 10 Cleveland 5 Florida 7, Tampa Bay 2 - D. Willis (W, 6-3) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K LA Angels 6 LA Dodgers 2 - Angles 4 straight wins, lead AL West by 3 gms. Oakland 4 San Francisco 2 - J. Cust, 3-run HR (8), B. Bonds, no HR last 9 gms. National League Lyle Overbay tripled in a run in the 3rd and smacked a 3-run homer in the 4th to lead Toronto to a 13-2 pounding of Philadelphia. Overbay finished 2 for 5 with 4 RBI, scoring 3 times. Third baseman David Wright (right) socked 2 2-run home runs in his only official plate appearances, walked 3 times, stole a base and scored another run as the Mets beat the Yankees again, 10-7. The Mets will try for a sweep of their metro rivals on Sunday. Yankee catcher Jorge Posada went 4-5 to boost his batting average to an AL-best .386. Other NL Scores Minnesota 5 Milwaukee 2 - Brewers lost 7 of last 9, J.J. Hardy HR (14) leads NL Cubs 11 White Sox 6 - D. Lee, pinch-hit GS HR (3) Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 8 - T. Clark, pinch-hit GS HR (6), J. Valverde, S (15) Houston 6 Texas 1 - C. Biggio, 2-5, needs 30 more hits for 3000 Baltimore 3 Washington 2, 11 innings Colorado 6 Kansas City 4

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