Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Angels, Matthews Crush Twins; Soriano Leads Cubs over Brewers

American League LA Angels 16 Minnesota 3 - Gary Matthews (right) drove in 5 runs with a grand slam and 3 sinlges in 5 at-bats as the Angels swamped the visitng Twins. Shortstop Orlando Cabrera also rapped out 4 hits, drove in a pair and scored 4 runs in the rout. The Angels knocked out 23 hits against 4 Minnesota pitchers to remain 5 1/2 clear of 2nd place Seattle in the West. Other AL Scores Tampa Bay 4 Kansas City 2 - C. Pena, 3-3, 2B, HR (12), 2 RBI Chicago White Sox 6 NY Yankees 4 - NY, 12-18 road record Oakland 5 Boston 4, 11 innings - E. Chavez, GW HR (8) Seattle 7 Baltimore 4 - I. Suzuki, 3-5, HR (5) National League Chicago Cubs 7 Milwaukee 2 - The Cubs had a rough go last week, losing 6 of 7, but with a chance to pick up some ground on the first place Brewers, they're not looking back. Alfonso Soriano (right) opened up the Cubs' 3-game set in Milwaukee with a bang - a 3-run homer in the 7th inning - to cap a 5 for 5 night and get the Cubs a within 6 1/2 of the Central division lead. Soriano's been on somewhat of a tear lately, with multiple hits in 7 of his last 11 games, though batting in the leadoff spot may not be the best use of his ability. Soriano, a dependable hitter, drove in 199 runs over the last two seasons. So far this year he has just 17. San Francisco 8 Philadelphia 1 - It's officially the dry season for Barry Bonds. Though the Giants won again on Monday to conclude their 4-game series in Philly with a split, Bonds failed to homer for the 7th straight game. In fact, Bonds has just 1 homer and 3 RBI in his last 22 games, well below his lifetime average of one every 3.9 games. Barry's lack of longball hasn't helped the Giants, who are 6 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers. Other NL Scores Florida 6 Atlanta 4 - (R) Y. Escobar (ATL), 4-4, HR (1) LA Dodgers 6 Pittsburgh 5 - Dodgers lead NL West by 1/2

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