Monday, June 18, 2007

Morneau Walks Off Milwaukee; Gonzalez Paces Padres

American League Cleveland 5 Atlanta 2 - With a win on Sunday, the Atlanta Braves could have drawn to within 1/2-game of the Mets, but Fausto Carmona and the Cleveland Indians had other ideas. Carmona blanked the Braves until the top of the 8th, when they touched him for a couple of runs, but by then it was too late. Cleveland had already scored all of their runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Carmona improved to 8-2, and Joe Borowski picked up his 20th save in the 9th. Cleveland remained a game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central as the Tigers were winners on Sunday as well. Minnesota 10 Milwaukee 9 - Justin Morneau (right) homered with no outs in the bottom of the 9th to seal a key win for the Twins, keeping them within striking distance of the Tigers and Indians, 5 1/2 off Cleveland's pace. Morneau doubled earlier, scored 3 times and drove in 3 in 3 at-bats. Lou Ford singled and doubled, driving in 4 runs to lead the attack. The home run by Morneau was his 20th of the season. Arizona 6 Baltimore 4 - Arizona completed the 3-game sweep at Baltimore and moved past the Dodgers into 2nd place in the NL West, a game back of San Diego. Eric Byrnes and Chris Snyder hit solo home runs for the Diamondbacks, and starter Brandon Webb picked up his 7th win against 3 losses. With interleague play continuing this week, the Diamondbacks return home for a lengthy home stand, hosting Tampa Bay and Baltimore before 4 games with the Dodgers next week. Boston 9 San Francisco 5 - The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Giants at Fenway Park and remain 8 1/2 better than the Yankees in the AL East. Barry Bonds hit home run 748 to move within 7 of tying Hank Aaron's career mark. NY Yankees 8 NY Mets 2 - Alex Rodriguez socked his MLB-best 27th home run and added 3 RBI to give him 73, as the Yankees took 2 of 3 from the visiting Mets and won for the 11th time in their last 12 days. Rodriguez is on a breathtaking pace that would give him 63 homers and 174 RBI, that would rank as one of the greatest single seasons ever. St. Louis 10 Oakland 6 - Ryan Ludwick hit a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 7th, added a 2-run single in the 8th, scored 3 times and drove in 5 as the Cardinals scored in double-digits for the second straight game. The Cards hammered Oakland 15-6 on Saturday and took 2 of 3 with Sunday's win. Once again, St. Louis is tied for 2nd in the NL Central with the Cubs. Both teams trail Milwaukee by 6 1/2 games. The A's fell further behind the Angles in the AL West. They are now 6 games back. Other AL Scores Washington 4 Toronto 2 Kansas City 5 Florida 4 National League San Diego 11 Chi Cubs 3 - Adrian Gonzalez (right) doubled 3 times and hit a solo home run in 5 at-bats, scoring 4 runs and driving in 3, Mike Cameron blasted a pair of homers, scored 3 times and drove in 3, and Khalil Greene knocked a 3-run home and drove in another run with a single as the middle of the Padres' lineup accounted for 10 of San Diego's runs. Greg Maddux improved to 6-3 with 6 innings of work and the Padres remained a game better than Arizona and 1 1/2 to the good on the Dodgers in the NL West Detroit 7 Philadelphia 4 - Magglio Ordonez went 2-3 and drove in 3 runs and Justin Verlander improved to 8-2 as the Tigers kept pace, 1 game behind Cleveland, in the AL Central. Ordonez is batting .371, tops in the majors, with 64 RBI, 2nd behind the Yankees Alex Rodriguez. Houston 10 Seattle 3 - Mike Lamb smacked a 1st inning grand slam and doubled in another run in the 3rd inning to lead the Astros to a sweep of the visiting Mariners, who dropped to 7 games behind the LA Angels in the AL West. The Astros are 8 back of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 8 Chi White Sox 7 Tampa Bay 7 Colorado 4 Texas 11 Cincinnati 4 - A. Dunn, 3-4, 2 HR (19), 3 RBI (46) LA Angels 10 LA Dodgers 4 - Angels take 2 of 3, lead AL West by 6 games Note: During interleague play, home teams are reported under their respective leagues. Interleague Scoreboard: Friday (6/8): AL 8, NL 6 Saturday (6/9): AL 10, NL 4 Sunday (6/10): AL 9, NL 5 Monday (6/11): AL 0, NL 2 Tuesday (6/12): AL: 8, NL: 6 Wednesday (6/13): AL: 6, NL: 8 Thursday (6/14): AL: 7, NL: 5 Friday (6/15): AL: 6, NL: 8 Saturday (6/16): AL: 5, NL: 9 Sunday (6/17): AL: 9, NL: 5

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