Friday, June 8, 2007

Schilling Takes No-Hitter into 9th; Tulowitzki Stars for Rockies

American League Boston 1 Oakland 0 - Curt Schilling (right) came within one out of his first no-hitter, surrendering a 2-out, 9th inning single to Shannon Stewart to come oh-so-close. Schilling calmly retired the next batter, Mark Ellis, to finish with a 1-hitter, ending Boston's 4-game losing streak. Schilling was just two batters from a perfect game, as he didn't walk anyone, and, other than Stewart, the only Oakland player to make it to first base was Dan Johnson, who reached on shortstop Julio Lugo's fielding error with two outs in the 5th. Schilling opened the game by retiring the first 14 batters and ended by putting down 12 straight before Stewart's spoiler. Staked to an early lead on David Ortiz' solo homer in the first inning, Schilling made the game's only run stand up, throwing 100 pitches to improve to 6-2. Cleveland 8 Kansas City 3 - The Indians remained 2 1/2 in front of Detroit in the AL Central as Fausto Carmona won his 7th straight, working 7 innings against the Royals. Carmona (7-1) allowed 7 hits, 1 walk and a single earned run, striking out 5. NY Yankees 10 Chicago White Sox 3 - Alex Rodriguez smoked a grand slam home run - his major league-leading 22nd - regaining the RBI lead at 56, helping the Yankees to their third straight over the White Sox. The Yankees opened the 4-game series in Chicago with a loss on Monday, but stormed back in their desperate chase of 1st-place Boston. They still trail the Red Sox by 10 1/2. Other AL Scores Detroit 11 Texas 4 - G. Sheffield, HR (16), Tigers take 2 of 3 at Texas Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 3 National League San Diego 6 LA Dodgers 5 - The Padres finally took sole possession of 1st place in the NL West, but it didn't come easy, scoring 5 times in the bottom of the ninth to steal a win from the Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep. With their 8th win in the last 10, the Padres shook loose from equally hot Arizona, who lost in extra innings to the Giants. Reliever Jonathan Broxton could not close out the Padres, as he retired only one batter in the 9th, giving up 4 hits and two walks, the second one forcing in the winning run. The Padres sent their ace, Jake Peavy, to the mound on Thursday, but LA touched him for 6 hits and 4 earned runs over 6 2/3. It was Peavy's second straight start without a decision. He remains at 7-1. San Francisco 5 Arizona 4, 11 innings - Omar Vizquel singled home Pedro Feliz with the winning run in the 11th as the Giants avoided the sweep at Arizona and knocked the Diamondbacks out of first place. The Giants had Barry Bonds back in the lineup on Thursday but he failed to homer for his 9th straight game and remains 9 homers short of Hank Aaron's lifetime mark of 755. Bonds has hit just one home run since May 8. The Giants are in last place in the NL West, 8 back. Colorado 7 Houston 6 - Rookie Troy Tulowitzki (right) knocked a two run homer, doubled and singled in the game winner in the bottom of the 9th as the Rockies took 2 of 3 from the visiting Astros. In 4 at-bats, Tulowitzki scored twice and drove in 3 runs. Matt Holliday went 4-5 and leads the NL with a .361 batting average. Philadelphia 6 NY Mets 3, 10 innings - The Phillies completed their 3-game sweep of the Mets, pulling to within 5 games of first place in the NL East. Philly also closed the gap on 2nd-place Atlanta to 1 1/2 games as the Braves lost to the Cubs, 2-1. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2 Chicago Cubs 2 Atlanta 1 - R. Hill (W, 5-4), 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 11 K Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 1 - A. Dunn, HR (15); K. Griffey Jr., HR (13)

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