Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Sabathia Slings Shutout for 9th Win; Utley Drives Phils Past Mets

American League Toronto 12 Tampa Bay 11 - The Blue Jays batted around in the bottom of the ninth, but Aaron Hill was happy just taking a couple of walks. Hill opened the inning with a free pass and ended the game on ball four with the bases loaded, forcing in Matt Stairs with the winning run. The Jays scored 6 times to spoil the night for Tampa Bay's bullpen. Fur Devil Ray pitchers allowed four doubles and four walks in a sure-to-be textbook example of how not to close out a road game. There were offensive stars on both teams. For Tampa, B.J. Upton went 4-6 with a double, home run, 3 scores and 2 RBI and Carl Crawford singled, doubled, homered, stole a base, scored 4 times and drove in 3 runs in 6 at-bats. Toronto rookie Adam Lind had a game he'll not soon forget, going 3-4 with a 6th inning 3-run homer, a double to plate the first run in the ninth, 2 runs scored and 5 RBI. Toronto, already in 2nd place in the AL East, picked up a game on Boston and now trail the Red Sox by 9 games. Cleveland 1 Kansas City 0 - C.C. Sabathia (9-1, right) turned in another stellar performance for the 1st-place Indians on Tuesday night, blanking the Royals on 5 hits without issuing a walk while striking out 8 in the complete game win. The surprise of the night was at the very bottom of the order, as Franklin Gutierrez - playing in only his 8th game of the season - delivered the game's only run with a solo bomb in the 3rd inning over hard luck loser Jorge De La Rosa, who certainly pitched well enough to win, allowing just 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings. LA Angels 5 Minnesota 1 - Kelvim Escobar Shut down the Minnesota batters on 3 hits getting the complete game home win, allowing Torii Hunter's 13th homer in the 5th for the only run pushed across by the visiting Twins. It was Escobar's 2nd complete game of the season. He is 7-3 and a major reason the Angels are 5 1/2 clear of the Mariners in the AL West. Other AL Scores Seattle 5 Baltimore 4 Oakland 2 Boston 0 - 5 A's pitchers combine for 3-hit shutout NY Yankees 7 Chicago White Sox 3 - A. Rodriguez, 3-5, 2B, HR (21), 3 RBI (50) Texas 7 Detroit 4 - V. Diaz, GS HR (8); M. Young 4-4 National League Philadelphia 4 NY Mets 2, 11 innings - Chase Utley (right) homered in the top of the 11th inning and the Phillies added another run to take the first of 3 games at Shea. Utley went 3-4 and drove in 3 runs. The Phillies are 7 games behind NY and 3 1/2 back of Atlanta in the NL East standings. The win got them to .500 again, at 29-29. Jose Reyes swiped his league-leading 31st base. San Diego 1 LA Dodgers 0 - Marcus Giles singled home Russell Branyan with the game's only run as the Padres took a slim 1/2-game lead over LA in the NL West. Arizona also won, staying even with the Padres. The Dodgers and Padres play two more Wednesday and Thursday in San Diego. Other NL Scores Atlanta 3 Florida 1 Florida 5 Atlanta 1 - Braves trail Mets by 3 1/2 Pittsburgh 7 Washington 6 - X. Nady, 1-2, 4 RBI Milwaukee 7 Chicago Cubs 5 - Brewers stay 6 games clear of St. Louis in Central St. Louis 4 Cincinnati 3 - Cardinals have won 5 of last 6 Houston 4 Colorado 1 Arizona 4 San Francisco 3, 10 innings - C. Young, GW HR (7)

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