Sunday, June 3, 2007

Pudge, Ordonez Lead Tigers; Hamels Is NL's 1st 8-Game Winner

American League Detroit 9 Cleveland 5 - The Detroit Tigers finally figured out how to beat the 2007 version of the Cleveland Indians and got their first win in six tries against the Tribe on Saturday at Cleveland. The working formula: Get 4 hits apiece from Ivan Rodriguez (left) and Magglio Ordonez (right). Pudge got a pair of singles and a couple of two-baggers, scored a run and drove in four in 5 at-bats, while Ordonez went to the plate 6 times, knocked a 2-run homer, doubled, singled twice and scored 3. Ordonez is tied with Jorge Posada for the AL batting lead at .362 and leads the RBI chase with 52. Detroit had 16 hits overall, while Cleveland totaled 13. The two teams have combined for 53 runs in the first three of their 4-game series. Detroit can earn a split with a win this afternoon. Cleveland has a 3 1/2 game lead on Detroit in the AL Central.
Boston 11 NY Yankees 6 - Mike Lowell singled, doubled and homered in 4 at-bats, scored 2 and drove in 4 as the Red Sox rallied past the Yankees to even their 3-game series in Boston at 1 apiece with the rubber game tonight on ESPN at 8:00 pm EDT. Kevin Youkilis' 23-game hitting streak came to an inglorious end as he only had two official plate appearances, walking 3 times. Oakland 1 Minnesota 0 - Joe Blanton (5-3) delivered a virtuoso performance with a complete game shutout for the Bay Area fans, allowing just 3 hits - all singles - without walking a batter.
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Blanton struck out six, throwing 76 strikes out of his 108 pitches. The A's got the only run of the game on a 6th-inning double play hit into by Shannon Stewart that plated Mark Ellis. Carlos Silva (3-6) took the hard luck loss, pitching all 8 innings for the Twins. For Blanton, in his 3rd full year as a pro - it was the 2nd shutout and 5th complete game of his career. Other AL Scores Kansas City 9 Tampa Bay 4 - E. Jackson (L, 0-7), 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 7.77 ERA Toronto 9 Chicago White Sox 3 - Chicago, 6th loss in last 7 LA Angels 7 Baltimore 4 - Angles lead in West 5 1/2 over Seattle Seattle 5 Texas 4 - I. Suzuki, 0-4, ends 25-game hitting streak National League Philadelphia 5 San Francisco 2 - Cole Hamels (right) became the first National Leaguer to reach 8 wins with a 5-hit, complete game victory that snapped the Phillies out of a 4-game slump. Hamels (8-2), in his second year in the majors, struck out five without walking a batter. Both Giants' runs were earned. Hamels has a 3.55 ERA and his 91 strikeouts are second only to Jake Peavy's 92, tops in the majors. San Diego 11 Washington 3 - The Padres are determined to stay in the NL West race and pulled even with Arizona and LA with a thumping of the patsy Nationals in D.C. Khalil Greene scattered 4 singles in 5 at-bats, scored 3 times and drove in a run. Fill-in catcherRob Bowen knocked a bases loaded double and a sac fly for 4 RBI as rookie Justin Germano notched his 4th straight win without a loss, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings. A pleasant surprise for a staff loaded with good pitching, control freak Germano boasts an ERA of 1.74 and a ridiculous 0.81 WHIP. Other NL Scores Atlanta 5 Chicago Cubs 3 - Cubs have lost 6 straight Houston 8 St. Louis 3 - C. Lee, 1-1, 2-run HR (11), 3 RBI (52, leads NL) Florida 5 Milwaukee 2 - Brewers, 7-15 since 5/10, lead NL Cent. by 6 1/2 NY Mets 7 Arizona 1 - R. Gotay, 3-4, 3-run HR (2), Mets lead NL East by 3 1/2 Colorado 4 Cincinnati 1 - WP: J. Francis (5-4); S: B. Fuentes (16) Pittsburgh 3 LA Dodgers 1 - I. Snell (W, 5-4), 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

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